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

  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Invitation to Book Club
  • Reserved tickets to special author events
  • 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

For more information, please contact Claudia Schenck, Director of Annual Giving and Events, at or 615.880.2613.

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Past Book Clubs & Co-Chairs

2016 – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Co-chairs Jessica Viner and Kate Satz


2017      Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Co-Chairs Lucy Haynes, Karen Fleming, Tracy Frazier


2018      Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Tracy Frazier, Lucy Haynes and Elizabeth Hawkins


2019      The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Co-chairs Mary Leyden Johnson and Elizabeth Papel


2020      How to Catch a Mole by Marc Hamer

Co-chairs Tricia Carswell and Jerry Williams


2021      His Truth Keeps Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

Co-Chairs Lucy Haynes and Stefanie Rome

Carnegie Society Co-Chairs


Chandra and Harry Allen
Missy and John Eason

Carnegie Society Members

As of May 30, 2022


President’s Circle

Annual gift of $10,000+

Anita Cochran

Anne Davis and Karl Dean

Anne and Bob Doolittle

Annette Eskind

The Willard R. and Frances J. Hendrix Foundation

 Leslie and Charles Higgins

Vicki and Rick Holton

Jennifer and Eric Paisley

Susannah and Zulu Scott-Barnes

Jackie Shrago

Shirley and Stuart Speyer

Jerry and Ernest Williams III


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

Cindy and Scott Brooks

Ann and Frank Bumstead

Donna and Jeffrey Eskind

Megan and Brad Lawrence

Mary Leyden and Torry Johnson III

Ann Meador and Jon Shayne

Meredith Oates

Kim and Brad Paisley

 Joan K. Raskin

Rhonda Taylor and Kevin Forbes

Nancy and Robert W. Wahl


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

Melinda and Jeff Balser

Elizabeth and David Fox, Jr.

Carrie and Damon Hininger

Ann and Owen Kelly

Paige and Matt Kisber

Laura Ryan

Keith Simmons

Ellen and Joseph Torrence

Sarah and Stephen Ward


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

Beth and Dave Alexander

Chandra and Harry Allen

Frank Andrews

Sallie and John Bailey III

Shawn and Jeremy Bakker

Jean Ann and Barry Banker

Kathleen and Doug Bark

Baulch Family Foundation

Allison and John Beasley II

Cassidy and Dierks Bentley

Reid & Rudi Berry

Claudia and Gordon Bonnyman, Jr.

Martha and Stephen T. Braun

Molly and Stewart Bronaugh, Jr.

Lou Ann and Gary Brown

Wyeth and Edward Burgess

Tricia and Ben Carswell

 Ruth Cate and Chuck White

Scott Chambers

Sandy and Don Cochran

Amy and Overton Colton

Jamieson and Paul Connelly

Karen and David Conrad

Marty and Jim Conrad

Mary and Charlie Cook, Jr.

Ashley and Joe Cook III

Jane F. Corcoran

Beth and Richard Courtney

Sondra and Doug Cruickshanks, Jr.

Katie and Kevin Crumbo

Laura and Brad Currie

Ann and Tom Curtis

Carlisle R. Davis, Jr.

Ann and Kirby Davis

Caroline A. Davis

Suann and Ralph Davis

Bonnie Dow

Marilyn Dubree

Ellen and Townes Duncan

Missy and John Eason

Lisa and Matthew Eckert

Laurie and Steven Eskind

Jamie and Billy Eskind

Kim and David Esquivel

Kellee Ewing

Kate and Steven Ezell

Carole and John Ferguson

Sara Finley

Emily and James Flautt

Karen and Gene Fleming

Janetta Fleming

Jennifer and Billy Frist

Melissa and Bobby Frist, Jr.

Deana and Fred Goad, Jr.

Bernice and Joel Gordon

Gwen and Frank Gordon

Jamie and Jimmy Granberry

Patti and Bill Harbison

Cordia and Tom Harrington

Jane and Brevard Haynes

Julie and Scott Haynes

Lucy and Jeff Haynes

Phyllis G. Heard

Robin Holab-Abelman and
Stephen Abelman

Debbie and Don Holmes

Tari and Jim Hughes

Paula DeWitt Hughey

Martha Ingram

Cathy and Clay Jackson

Cathy and Jerry Johnson

Harriet and Brad Karro

Emily and Will Kendrick

Robin and Bill King

Llew Ann and Matt King

Carol and Howard Kirshner

Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman

Susan Kupisch

Kristine LaLonde and Claudio Mosse

Edward Lanquist

Ellen and John Lea IV

Mark Magnuson and Steve Westfield

Pat Matthews-Juarez

Kaaren and Ben May

Katherine and Jim McElroy

Ann Marie and Martin McNamara

Lynn and Kenneth Melkus

Heather Fairbanks and Rusty Miller

Marlee Mitchell

Trish and Chris Mixon

Lindsay and Tyson Moore

Michael Shane Neal

Donna and Gerald Nicely

Dianne and Kent Oliver

Marguerite and Kevin Orndorff

Libby and Ben Page, Jr.

Elizabeth and Larry Papel

Ann Patchett and Karl VanDevender

Elizabeth and Senton Pojani

Carol Len and Scott Portis

David Pruett

 Jennifer and Gus Puryear

Sylvia Rapoport

Maria Salas

Anne Sanford

Kate and Eric Satz

Lynn and Rick Scarola

Elaina Scott

Joyce and Walter Searcy

Harriett and Robert Sewell

Caroline and Gary Shockley

Denise and Greg Sikes

Susan and Luke Simons

David Skelton

Patti and Brian Smallwood

Jeanette and Overton Smith

Sandra and William Spitz

Elise Stawarz

Brenda and Joe Steakley

Katie and Tom Steele

Beth and John Stein

Hope Stringer

Rebecca and Michael Swan

Cecelia and Patrick Theobald

Ellen and John Tighe

Aleta and Byron Trauger

Christi and Jay Turner

Jan van Eys

Jessica and Dan Viner

Linda and Alexander Waddell

Elizabeth C. Walls

Peggy and John Warner

Cathy and Richard Warren

Ryan Wautlet

Judy and Brian Wilcox

Betsy and Ridley Wills III

Joyce and Stephen Wood

Nahed and Joel Zehr

Pam Zimmerman

Mary Zutter and Sam Santoro