Carnegie Society

Carnegie Society members are building a brighter city by inspiring reading, advancing learning and connecting our community.

A nod to Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropic leader responsible for building Nashville’s first public libraries and for laying the foundation with which NPLF’s efforts stand today, the Carnegie Society is an annual giving opportunity that supports the Nashville Public Library and its mission to provide education, literacy and equal access for all.

Our Carnegie Society members allow us, year after year, to create and sustain programs that change the lives of more than 600,000 Nashville residents. These programs help children and adults learn vital reading skills, inspire teens to explore technology in state-of-the-art spaces and bring the community together to hear award-winning authors, enjoy visual art exhibits and hear live music.

Become a member of the Carnegie Society and join a circle of civic-minded individuals dedicated to making our city a more vibrant, literate and connected place to live and work.

As a member of the Carnegie Society you will receive the following benefits:

Member: $1,500-$2,999

  • Newsletter
  • Invitation to Book Club
  • Reserved tickets to Salon@615
  • Listed in Annual Report

Patron: $3,000-$4,999

  • Same as above
  • 3 book plates in your honor or someone of your choosing

Benefactor: $5,000-$9,999

  • Same as above
  • Special behind the scenes tour such as White Glove, Metro Archives, Puppet Theater, Life of a Book

President’s Circle: $10,000+

  • Same as above
  • Copy of the Book Club book mailed/delivered
  • Two guest passes for the annual Book Club

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Carnegie Society Co-Chairs


Lucy Haynes
Stefanie Rome

Carnegie Society Members

As of January 21, 2021


President’s Circle

Annual gift of $10,000+

Mrs. William Cochran Sr.

The Honorable Karl F. Dean and Ms. Delta Anne Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Doolittle

Mrs. Irwin B. Eskind

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Melkus

Mr. and Mrs. Zulu Scott-Barnes

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart W. Speyer

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams III


Annual gift of $5,000-$9,999

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brooks

Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Brown, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Bumstead

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Eskind

Dr. Leslie Higgins and Mr. Charles Higgins

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Samuel Johnson III

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Paisley

Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wahl


Annual gift of $3,000-$4,999

Mr. and Mrs. William T. DeLay

Mr. and Mrs. David B. Fox, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Haynes

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Nesbitt, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Brant Phillips

Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus A. Puryear IV

Ms. Jacqueline Shrago


Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smallwood

Mr. and Mrs. John Stein

Ms. Holly Sweetman

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Torrence

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Turner, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Stephen Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Wood


Annual gift of $1,500-$2,999

Ms. Beth A. Alexander

Dr. and Mrs. Dave Alexander

The Honorable and Mrs. Lamar Alexander

Ms. Susan Adams Andrews

Dr. and Mrs. Jeremy Bakker

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Balser

Mr. and Mrs. J. Barry Banker

Baulch Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Beasley II

Ms. Margaret L. Behm and Mr. Harlan Dodson

Ms. Barbara Bell

Ms. Miriam L. Bliss and Mr. Dwayne W. Barrett

The Honorable Claudia C. Bonnyman and Mr. G. Gordon Bonnyman, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas G. Bradbury III

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Braun

Mr. and Mrs. Summer Bryan

Dr. Wyeth Burgess and Mr. Edward Burgess

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cammack

Mrs. Joanne G. Cato

Ms. Corey Chatis

Mr. and Mrs. Don Cochran

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Overton Colton

Dr. and Mrs. James F. Conrad

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Cook, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Cook III

Mrs. Jane F. Corcoran

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cruickshanks, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Crumbo

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradford Currie

Mr. and Mrs. John Darwin III

Ms. Caroline A. Davis

Ms. Karen B. Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Davis

Ms. Rebecca Diggs

Ms. Bonnie Dow

Ms. Marilyn A. Dubree

Mr. and Mrs. Townes Duncan

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Dungan

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew S. Eckert

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Eskind

Mr. Richard Eskind

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Eskind

Mr. David Esquivel

Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Ezell

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Ferguson

Ms. Sara Finley

Mr. Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Fleming

Mr. and Mrs. Keith D. Frazier

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard G. Freeland

Ms. Karyn McLaughlin Frist

Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frist

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frist, Jr.

Ms. Brenda A. Gadd

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Goad, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Gray

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Harris

Mr. and Mrs. William Hawkins

Mrs. Barbara Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery N. Haynes

Ms. Marlene Hays

Mr. and Mrs. and Phil Hertik

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hindle

Ms. Robin Holab-Abelman and Mr. Stephen Abelman

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Holmes

Mr. and Mrs. Ad Hudler

Mr. and Mrs. James G. Hughes

Ms. Paula DeWitt Hughey

Mr. and Mrs. David B. Ingram

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson

Ms. Judy Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Johnston

Mr. and Mrs. L. Owen Kelly

Dr. and Mrs. Will D. Kendrick

Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kirshner

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew H. Kisber

Ms. Leona M. Pratt and Mr. Neil B. Krugman

Mrs. Jack W. Kuhn

Dr. Kristine LaLonde and Dr. Claudio Mosse

Mr. Edward D. Lanquist

Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Lodge

Drs. Amy and George Brandon Lynch

Mr. Mark Magnuson and Mr. Steve Westfield

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Marvel

Dr. Pat Matthews-Juarez

Mr. and Mrs. Ben May

Ms. Julia McCown

Ms. Carol McCoy

Mr. and Mrs. James McElroy

Mrs. James R. Meadows, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. David Miller

Ms. Marlee Mitchell

Dr. and Mrs. Chris Mixon

Mr. Michael Shane Neal

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nicely

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Oliver

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Orndorff

Ms. Marian T. Ott and Mr. Craig E. Philip

Dr. and Mrs. William Pao

Mr. and Mrs. Laurence M. Papel

Dr. and Mrs. Devang Pastakia

Dr. and Mrs. Philip M. Pfeffer

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Phillips

Dr. Elizabeth Pojani and Mr. Senton Pojani

Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Portis

Ms. Joan K. Raskin

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Rechter

Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Roark

Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Roos

Ms. Maria Salas

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Satz

Mrs. J. Ronnie Scott

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Searcy

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Sewell

Mrs. Joan B. Shayne

Ms. Marietta Shipley

Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Shockley

Mr. and Mrs. W. Lucas Simons

Mr. and Mrs. Overton T. Smith

Dr. and Mrs. Anderson Spickard, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe N. Steakley

Mrs. Howard L. Stringer

Drs. Rebecca and Michael Swan

Dr. Cecelia Theobald and Mr. Patrick Theobald

Dr. and Mrs. Brett Thorstad

The Honorable Aleta A. Trauger and and Mr. Byron R. Trauger

Dr. Jan van Eys

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Viner

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fall Wade, Jr.

Ms. Elizabeth C. Walls

Dr. and Mrs. John S. Warner

Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Warren

Mr. Ryan Wautlet

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Wendell

Mr. and Mrs. Blair J. Wilson

Ms. Pam Zimmerman

Dr. Mary Zutter and Mr. Sam Santoro