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Welcome to the Mackinac Island Public Library
  Mackinac Island Public Library 


11:00 am -5:30 pm
All Year

Tuesday & Friday Evenings
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Summers only

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Phone: (906) 847-3421
Fax: (906) 847-3368
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Summer Art Shows

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Art Shows at the Mackinac Island Public Library


Art by Robin and Kelly Dorman
Opening reception

 June 3rd. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Art work will be on display the month of June.


Art by Kris Love

Opening reception

July 2nd, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Art work will be on display the month of July


 Mackinac 7 Art Group

August 5, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Seven painters with deep ties to Mackinac comprise the Mackinac Seven Art Group: Catherine Brockman, Maeve Croghan, Pam Finkel, Nicki Griffith, Kitty Hannabass, Marta Olson and Pat Pulte. Each member is either a year-round or long-time summer resident. The artists have been painting together since 1994 and began exhibiting together shortly thereafter. The Mackinac Island Public Library has been hosting an annual show featuring the group in the month of August since 1996. Through the years, the members’ individual styles of painting, subject matter, and media have changed and evolved, but the group’s collective commitment to produce and show its very best work continues. Some of the artists paint every day; others paint whenever work schedules permit. All have taken classes and workshops and pursue independent study. Four have art degrees.

Members of the Mackinac Seven Art Group occasionally paint together on the island and also enjoy trips to Canada and other northern venues to paint, to photograph, and simply to talk about art!

Each member experiences the rewards of sharing knowledge, giving and receiving supportive criticism, and encouraging each other on individual creative journeys.

Art work will be on display August 5 thru September 6th.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 16:35
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2016 Events at the Mackinac Island Public Library

June 3            Art Reception, Robin and Kelly Dorman, 4:00 - 6:00pm  Art work will be on display for the month of June.

June 4              Annual Lilac Festival Used Book Sale, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

June 9           Joel Tacey, Extreme Duct Tape Workshop  2:00pm - 3:00 pm 

June 24            Summer Author Series, Lilly Levy, "The Pebbled Path" 4:00pm

July 2           Art Reception,  Kris Love, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  Art work will be on display for the   month of July.

July 7 Marionette show, Stephens Puppets Bringing Fairy Tales and Literature to Life, "Sleepy Hollow" 2:00 pm

July 29 Summer Author Series, Lou Kasischke, "After the Wind"

                                  1996 Everest Tragedy-One Survivor’s Story, 4:00pm

August 5 Art Reception, Mackinac  7, 4:00—6:00 pm.  Art work will be on display                    from August 5- September 6

August 17         James P. Lenfestey and Robert Hedin, Poetry, 4:00pm


August 20       Organization of Bat Conservation, Live Bat presentation, 2:00 pm     

August 26 Summer Author Series, Rhys Bowen,  Mystery writer,  4:00 pm




Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 17:51
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Rosa Webb Room

Rosa Webb - Library Founder

Rosa Webb - Library Founder

Rosa Webb Room

Rosa Webb Room

The Rosa Webb Room holds the Mackinac Collection, a historic assemblage of information about Michigan and the Michlimackinac area. This room is named in honor of one of the Grand Women in Mackinac Island history.

Rosa Truscott Webb established the first library on Mackinac Island and was influential contributor to the culture of the Mackinac Island Community. She was born the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Truscott in Port Hope, Ontario in 1853. When she was small, her family moved to the Island where George and had a business partnership with his wife's brother, John Bates.

Rosa married William Disbrow, a builder in 1872. They lived in the Upper Peninsula town of Munising where they had a son, Edwin Clark Disbrow in 1873. The next year her husband William died in an accident and Rosa returned to the island with her son.

In 1878 Rosa(Disbrow) Truscott married Charles Augustus Webb, the Commander at Ft. Mackinac. They lived together at Forth until Charles' regiment was transferred at Leavenworth Kansas. The family traveled together on assignment throughout the West until Major Webb died of pneumonia while stationed in Texas in 1882, almost a year after the birth of daughter Mabel Marcia Webb.

The window behind the altar at Trinity Church, where Mrs. Webb was a church school teacher, was installed and dedicated in memory of Charles Webb.

A talented musician, Mrs.Webb was an organist and choir leader at Trinity Church. She also gave voice and piano lessons, using games to keep young students interested in the lessons.

Her son, Edwin, attended St. John Military Academy in Wisconsin. After joining the army to serve in the Spanish American War, he became ill with tuberculosis and returned to the to the Island where he died.

Soon after her son's death in 1896, Rosa and her daughter Marcia left moved to DesMoines, Iowa where Rosa studied music and Marcia attended high school.

Rosa returned to Mackinac when Marcia left to attend the University of Michigan. After two years, Rosa insisted her daughter transfer to Vassar, where she graduated in 1903.

Organizer and president of the Mackinac Island Community Association, Rosa Webb, with the help of the Girl Scouts of Mackinac Island (Michigan's first troop), raised money to establish a community center. The fund raising began one of the Scouts dressed a baby doll, placed it in a cradle and raffled it as a toy. The $10 raised from the raffled was the seed money for "The Girl Scout Building Fund" The Scouts continued their fund raising by organization benfits parties and in 1930, with $8,000 in the bank, the Mackinac Island Community Association under the supervision of Rosa Webb, purchased the John Jacob Astor House on Market Street to be used as a community center.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Library back porch

Library back porch

Library terminal

Library terminal

Children's area

Children's area
Is this a new building?
Yes, this is a new building. We moved from our library location on Market Street in January 1992.

Are you only open during the summer?
No, people live here all year. We have a permanent population of 500 people. We have all the same facilities and do all the same things you'll find in any small rural community.

Is this a new library?
No, we are not a new library. There has been a library on Mackinac Island since 1936.

Who founded your library?
Rosa Webb was the founder of the first library on Mackinac.

Who designed your building?
The building was designed by Richard Bos of Royal Oak.

Who did the landscaping?
The landscaping was designed by Deborah Silver of Detroit.

Who designed the fireplace tiles?
The fireplace tiles were designed by Nancy Gorman of Glencoe.

Who designed the interior?
Our interior was designed by Carleton Varney of New York.

Do you accept donations?
Yes, we accept cash donations.

How was your building made possible?
Our building was made possible by a Housing and Urban Development Grant.

Do you have a public restrooms?
No, we do no not have public rest rooms facilites.

Can I check out a book, even though I'm just visiting?
No, but we do have an ongoing used book sale.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 20:08
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Anne St. Onge

Board of Directors
Kathleen Hoppenrath

David Levy
Margarent McIntire

Amelia Musser
Kathleen Wightman, President

Parlor and fireplace

Parlor and fireplace

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 19:06

Summer author series

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19th Annual Summer Author Series

June 24th, 4:00 pm

 Lilly Levy,  "The Pebbled Path"

The Pebbled Path is the culmination of the experiences of living and of working in the periods of change in America – as reflected in the nuances of feelings, transitioned in the book by Lilly Levy.  The aging process of losses, the challenges of wars, the hopes for space and humanity’s fulfillment seems usurped by folly, held in suspense in fragile and unseen hands, — yet all chronicled on the background of the beauty of our planet.  Mackinac Island, as one of the monuments of nature, calms our pulse to discover the sun.

 As a youngster, Lilly grew up in the Depression years in Detroit when industry fell through the cracks in the floor.  This impacted her work as a teacher and psychiatric social worker to make a contribution to those in need.  Upon the birth of her two sons, she became a home mother, “as the best of times” with Norman, her husband.  The sons took the reins as their father passed – following industry in America and gifting Lilly with five grand­daughters.  Upon return to her “encore career” she joined the staff of Birmingham Maple Clinic and finds inspiration on Mackinac Island.



July 29th, 4:00 pm

Lou Kasischke,  "After the Wind" 

1996 Everest Tragedy-One Survivor's Story

Lou wrote his account of the events 16 years ago in the aftermath of the tragedy, but only now is he ready to let it go. He tells two stories. One is about the historic events. His perspective and analysis about what happened and what went wrong have never been told, and his account differs markedly from what others have written. The truth in the story depends on who is telling it. Lou Kasischke believes that some of the truth may never be told. Lou also tells a very personal story about how he came back home. An inspiring story about where to go for inner strength when facing a tough decision. A story about his wife Sandy’s part in his survival. A story about what he heard, after the wind — the voice of the heart. A love story.

  Lou Kasischke is retired and lives with his wife, Sandy, in northern Michigan. He remains active with alpine sports and other endurance challenges in the great outdoors.



August 26th, 4:00 pm

Rhys Bowen, "Time of Fog and Fire"

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evans. She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel. Rhys’s titles have received rave reviews around the globe.

Rhys currently writes two mystery series, the atmospheric Molly Murphy novels, about a feisty Irish immigrant in 1900s New York City, and the funny and sexy Royal Spyness mysteries, about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain. Her books have made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews. She was born in England and married into a family with historic royal connections. She now divides her time between California and Arizona.




Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 17:50