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

For more information, please contact Claudia Schenck, director of annual giving and events, at or 615.88.0.2613.

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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 September 1, 2021


President’s Circle

Annual gift of $10,000+

Mrs. William Cochran Sr.

Ms. Caroline A. Davis

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. Eric Paisley

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. Frank M. Bumstead

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Eskind

The Willard R. and Frances J. Hendrix Foundation

Dr. Leslie Higgins and Mr. Charles Higgins

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Holton

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. Jon Ayers

Mr. and Mrs. William T. DeLay

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

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Mosley

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Nesbitt, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus A. Puryear IV

Ms. Jacqueline Shrago

Mr. and Mrs. Keith B. Simmons

Mr. and Mrs. John Stein

Ms. Holly Sweetman

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Torrence

Mr. and Mrs. J. Stephen Turner


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

Dr. and Mrs. Dave Alexander

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bailey III

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

Mr. and Mrs. Dierks Bentley

Mr. & Mrs. Reid & Rudi Berry

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

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Braun
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Brown

Dr. Wyeth Burgess and Mr. Edward Burgess

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cammack

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Carswell

Ms. Ruth Cate

Mrs. Joanne G. Cato

Ms. Corey Chatis

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Clancy

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Overton Colton

Dr. and Mrs. James F. Conrad

Mrs. Lawrence Blank-Cook

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. Karen B. Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby 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. John Eason

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Eskind

Mr. Richard Eskind

Mr. and Mrs. David Esquivel

Ms. Kellee Ewing

Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Ezell

Ms. Sara Finley

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Fleming

Ms. Janetta Fleming

Mr. and Mrs. Keith D. Frazier

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard G. Freeland

Ms. Karyn 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

Dr. and Mrs. J. Brevard Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Haynes

Ms. Marlene Hays

Mrs. Phyllis G. Heard

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

Mrs. Martha R. Ingram

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson

Ms. Judy Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. R. Milton Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Johnston

Dr. and Mrs. Will D. Kendrick

Mr. and Mrs. Bill King

Mr. and Mrs. Matt King

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. King

Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kirshner

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew H. Kisber

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

Dr. Kristine LaLonde and Dr. Claudio Mosse

Mr. Edward D. Lanquist

Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Lodge

Ms. Travis Loller and Mr. James Nichols

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. Janet Miller

Ms. Marlee Mitchell

Dr. and Mrs. Chris Mixon

Mr. and Mrs. Tyson Moore

Mr. Michael Shane Neal

Mrs. Jeanie Nelson and Mr. Will Martin

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

Mrs. Ann Patchett & Mr. Karl VanDevender

Dr. Elizabeth Pojani and Mr. Senton Pojani

Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Portis

Mr. David Pruett

Ms. Sylvia Rapoport

Ms. Joan K. Raskin

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Rechter

Mr. and Mrs. Colin Reed

Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Roark

Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Roos

Ms. Maria Salas

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Scarlett, Jr.

Ms. Tara Scarlett and Mr. Michael Peacock

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Satz

Mr. and Mrs. Frederic A. Scarola

Mrs. J. Ronnie Scott

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Searcy

Mrs. Joan B. Shayne

Ms. Marietta Shipley

Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Shockley

Mr. and Mrs. W. Lucas Simons

Mr. David Skelton

Mr. and Mrs. Overton T. Smith

Dr. and Mrs. Anderson Spickard, Jr.

Ms. Elise Stawarz

Mr. and Mrs. Joe N. Steakley

Mrs. Hope Stringer

Drs. Rebecca and Michael Swan

Ms. Rhonda Taylor

Dr. and Mrs. Brett Thorstad

Mr. and Mrs. John Tighe

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

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Turner

Dr. Jan van Eys

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Viner

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fall Wade, Jr.

Mr. Drew Wagnor

Ms. Elizabeth C. Walls

Dr. and Mrs. John S. Warner

Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Warren

Mr. Ryan Wautlet

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Whitfield

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Blair J. Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Young

Dr. Nahed Zehr and Mr. Joel Zehr