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Friends of CPL

The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library

“It is thanks to the passion, dedication, and tireless work and support of the Friends of the Library that we are able to serve this community in all of the many ways you have come to expect as well as to go above and beyond.” -Ryan Deery, Director of the Charlevoix Public Library


Hello Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library!  

You are cordially invited to attend our 2022 Annual Meeting
Tuesday –  January 18, 2022 at 6:00pm
Community Room at the Library

 1. Welcome and call to order 
 2. Financial and committee reports
 3. Election of Officers for 2022

Followed by Michigan’s Most Dangerous Women with True Crime author Tobin Buhk at 6:30 pm Community Room

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.      

Membership Form:
View 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)

Michigan Room Committee: This group is the original driving force behind the effort to renovate and create our present library. They continue to contribute by spending countless volunteer hours, and were honored for their contributions at the 16th annual Margaret Duerr Award on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

The Michigan Room Committee is a subsidiary of the Friends group and has been responsible for appraising the rare books collection, preserving historical Charlevoix newspapers, providing obituary records for the Libraries’ webpage, promoting historical exhibitions, and creating the Margaret Duerr Award to honor outstanding citizens or organizations who have made significant contributions to our town.

Photo L-R  Kay Heise, Mary Ann Chew, Marilyn Novak and Cynthia Postmus


Friends volunteers meet every Wednesday to sort,

organize, and shelve used books available for purchase

by the public.






  StoryWalk installed 2021

Projects ranging from StoryWalk installation on the library grounds, new snowshoes for check-out, to sound and projection equipment upgrades, and Lifelong Learning as well as other programming, 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 over $20,000. Along with membership dues and other donations, this viable organization is able to maintain and manage a healthy budget. From 2004-2021, the Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library contributed over $200,000 to the library for special projects.

CPL Friends Projects 2021
Record of Project Expenses 2004-2018

Lifelong Learning:

The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library with the generous support of funding from Lynne and Mason Rosenthal, announce 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 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.

Winter 2022

The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library, with the generous support of Lynne and Mason Rosenthal, present Great Decisions as the offering of the Lifelong Learning Series for Winter 2022. This program is a project initiated by the Friends of the Library as a means of providing an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of topics and issues that impact all of us. Classes will be in an open discussion format moderated by Dr. William Wadland.

Go beyond the headlines of today’s issues in this lively discussion group that explores significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. These impartial materials provide thought-provoking analysis in a written guide complemented by updates and PBS video segments. These books should be available by the end of January 2022.

Registration is required to receive the Great Decisions 2022 briefing book, with the expectation that the material will be read before each class. If possible, we ask that families share one book.

Class #1: Great Decisions, Changing Demographics
William Wadland, MD, Facilitator
Wednesday, February 16 – 1:00 PM in Community Rooms A&B – Click here to register
The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching
social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, climate, and the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations. Click Here to Register

Class #2: Great Decisions, Outer Space
William Wadland, MD, Facilitator
Wednesday, February 23 – 1:00 PM in Community Rooms A&B
The launch of Sputnik I in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as
SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space? Click Here to Register

Class #3: Great Decisions, Climate Change
William Wadland, MD, Facilitator
Wednesday, March 2 – 1:00 PM in Community Rooms A&B
The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate? Click Here to Register

Class #4: Great Decisions, Russia
William Wadland, MD, Facilitator
Wednesday, March 16 – 1:00 PM in Community Rooms A&B
Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politicians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues? Click Here to Register

Winter 2022 Lifelong Learning classes will abide with health care restrictions imposed. In the event a class is canceled due to these restrictions, it will be available on Zoom, if the speaker agrees. All classes begin at 1:00 pm and will run approximately 90 minutes.

One may register on line or by calling the Charlevoix Public Library at: 231-237-7340.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale – A Great Success!

Books, books and more books!  Great bargains on thousands of books: mass market, children’s, even rare and collectible books and gently used  CDs and  DVDs…all on sale at the Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library’s annual book sale. 

The sale took place on the front sidewalk of the Library, continued in the Community Room and in the 2nd floor on-going sale room in order to accommodate the large selection. The Friend’s most significant fund raiser of the year, the annual book sale proceeds are used to fund new books, materials and programs for the Library’s children’s department.  Annual sales net over $6000 – this year surpassed all others, raising nearly $9,000!

See the Community Room during the June 2021 annual sale below:



Friends Digitize Historical Charlevoix Obituaries

The obituaries from the Charlevoix Journal 1883 to 1890, the Charlevoix Sentinel 1920 to 1936, and the Charlevoix Courier, 1908 to the present day, have all been entered, and are all searchable on the library website!

Soon after the Friends of the Library organized in 1999, a small group of four volunteers, the Michigan Room Committee, began The Obituary Project. The librarians had reported that there was a need for obituary information to be accessible, due to a large demand by genealogy researchers. So the Committee spent two years sorting and saving stacks of unorganized old issues of the local papers found in the basement of the old library. A scanner was purchased by the Friends, permission to use the newspapers was obtained from the publisher, and the first obituary was placed onto the librarys website in 2003.

At an old computer in the basement storage room of the old library, where warmth was supplied by a portable heater, a searchable data base was developed, information was entered, and images of original obituaries were scanned.  (The current Beyers Friends Room facilities have been a huge upgrade for this work!)

An integral part of the project was for the staff to move forward by adding new obituaries as they appeared in the current papers. Marti Chester, Erika Powell, Linda Adams, and  Davonne Rogers have been contributors to this effort, and Roger Gowell has provided technical assistance.  Many thanks to them.

Tremendous thanks to the Friends volunteers who have participated in large and small ways to the past fourteen years of data entry!  They are:

Eugene Ackert,  Suzanne Ackert,  Elizabeth Allan, Sarah Benitez, Alberta Beyers, Larry Burgess, Mary Ann Chew, Judy Colt, Jerry Corley, Judy Corley, Toni Felter, Kathy Gowell, Don Heise, Kay Heise, Marilyn King, Marilyn Novak, Nancy Porter, Cynthia Postmus and Mary Snider.

Approximately 16,000 obituaries from over 6,000 newspapers have been entered. Click Here to see what is available. 


Margaret Duerr Award:

Annually, the Friends of the Library group selects an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the Charlevoix area to receive the Margaret Duerr Award.

Lyle and Gayle Gennett

The 17th annual Margaret Duerr Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room. Each year the Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library honor an outstanding citizen or organization that has made a significant contribution to our town. Honored this year are Gayle & Lyle Gennett, long time supporters of the Charlevoix Public Library. Since the Library moved to its present location, both have contributed immeasurably and are deserving of our recognition and gratitude.

The Margaret Duerr Award was established in 2003 in recognition of Margaret’s longtime service to the Library and in particular to the Michigan Room. During her tenure as the Interim Director she organized the move to 109 Clinton Street in 1967.

This year’s speaker, John Campbell, CEO and president of Site Planning, will talk about the children’s garden, and the rain garden.

A reception will follow, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 


Previous recipients dating from 2003 include: 



Friends of the Library — 2021 Executive Board

The board meets the first Tuesday of every other month at 10 a.m.

President: Jean Smith

Vice President: Linda Linklater

Secretary:  Tom Richards

Treasurer:  Steve Hall

Members at Large:  Deb Mann, Sandy Miles, Mary Millington, Diana Hilligan, Birute Fleck, Linda Moore

Membership:  Betty Wadland

Book Sale:  Mary Ann Chew

Lifelong Learning:  Linda Linklater, Linda Moore, Birute Fleck

Michigan Room Representative:  Marilyn Novak

Publicity:  Kris Balasz

Board of Trustees Representative: Tom Conlan

Library Director:  Ryan Deery

Updated June 2021