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Friends of CPL


Memorial Day Parade, 2017    

The Friends of the Library invite all of you to join us in honoring our local fallen soldiers by carrying memorial banners in the parade that morning. In addition, individuals, families, grandparents, grandchildren, moms with strollers, kids in wagons or on bikes decked out in red, white and blue… are all welcome! Pets are welcome if they will not be upset by the music or gunshots.

Mark your calendars for, Monday, May 29th, at 9:30 a.m. when the Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library join other community members by participating in the Memorial Day Parade. Let’s show our support by joining the walk as the community gathers to remember those Charlevoix men or women who have given their lives so that we might be free.

 We need a good showing so be sure to ask your families, friends and neighbors to join us!

When:   Monday, May 29th  at 9:30 a.m.

Where: parking lot of the old American Legion Hall

Dress: wear dark bottoms and white tops…we have patriotic scarves and flags

Questions: call  Anne Kelly,  547-9776





The Friends of the Charlevoix Library

 “As the ‘living room of the community’, the Friends are the family that support us every day in this building and make it possible for this library to offer what we do.”     

Linda Adams, Director of the Charlevoix Public Library


The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library annually extends an invitation for all Charlevoix residents to join this non-profit organization. For a nominal fee of $5.00 (individual or family) membership is a way for residents of the area to gain ownership in, become more involved with and actively support their library. 

This may be the biggest bargain in town, for while membership money is minimal it packs a big punch. Along with additional donations the proceeds from the on-going and summer Book Sale, monies collected are used to fund projects, concerts, events, programs, exhibitions, and buy books for the children’s section of the library. Membership also affords the opportunity for community members to volunteer.      

(Download membership form here.  Mail completed form with your check to; Friends of the Library Membership, c/o Charlevoix Public Library, 220 W. Clinton St., Charlevoix, MI 49720)
















Projects ranging from landscaping to digitizing Charlevoix High School yearbooks, the Friends stand ready to supplement the Library’s budget and consider proposals for funding. Each year the on-going and the annual summer Book Sale nets almost $15,000. Along with membership dues and other donations, this viable organization is able to maintain and manage a healthy budget.

Click here for a list of projects completed by the Friends:
(2004 thru 2016)


Life Long Learning:

The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library with the generous support of the Leo S. Guthman Foundation, announce the launching of an exciting new concept in continuing education.  Modeled after several successful adult learning programs offered at libraries across the nation, Charlevoix’s fall sessions will be offered on several Wednesdays and Thursdays over a period of three months:  September, October, and November.  The winter sessions will run in January, February, and March.  The plan is to offer classes dealing with both local and global issues, targeted at adults who are interested in investigating and in discussing current topics in a small group setting with a knowledgeable facilitator.


Margaret Duerr Award:

Annually, the Friends of the Library’s Michigan Room Committee selects an individual or group who has demonstrated an interest in the preservation of the history of Northern Michigan to receive the Margaret Duerr Award.

The fourteenth Margaret Duerr Award will be presented on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Community room. Honored this year is Rick Brandi, Charlevoix City Treasurer for twenty-seven years and a member of the Library Board of Trustees for nineteen years, most importantly during the renovation of the 1927 school building into the present library.


This years speaker will be author William Rapai, a former newspaper editor who has worked for the Detroit Free Press and The Boston Globe. He has authored several books featuring Michigan.



Previous recipients dating from 2003 include: