Meet the Friends Council

The Friends of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library was originally established in 1982 as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library through grassroots advocacy and fundraising.

In 2013, the Friends of the Library became the Friends Council, an important component of the newly created Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. The Friends Council continues to engage broad community support for the Library through community awareness and fundraising events as part of the Library Foundation’s overall strategic plan. In this new structure, the Friends are able to develop an ever-stronger network of private support for the Library. Until early 2017, the Rock & Read 5K, select Little Free Libraries and Pop-Up Book Sales were all initiatives run and managed by the Friends Council.

Want to get involved? We’d love to hear from you!

Jess Dienna

Program Manager, AML & Fraud Prevention at Ally

Favorite books: anything by Lisa Gardner or Ruth Ware
Eats: Mooseheads, way too much Jimmy Johns, Fran’s Filling Station
Spots: Amelie’s, Foxcroft, a great dog-friendly patio

Chandler Martin

Former Executive Director at Road to Hire

Favorite books: IQ84, Empire Falls, The Shadow of the Wind
Eats: Saigon Palace, El Pulgarcito, Le’s Sandwiches & Cafe
Spots: Common Market, Vin Masters, 7th St Market, Noda Company Store

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Abby Healy

Director of Communications at

Favorite books: Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff), Atonement (Ian McEwen), Yes Please (Amy Poehler)
Eats: Futo Buta, Haberdish, Dilworth Tasting Room
Spots: Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Freedom Park, Mint Museum

Heather McCullough

Partner at Society 54, LLC

Favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone Girl, The New Gold Standard
Eats: Lang Van, Viva Chicken, Barringtons
Spots: Whitewater Center, Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Neighborhood Theater

Eboni Lewis

Program Director, Culture Blocks at ASC

Favorite books: Forty Acres, Siddhartha, Year of Yes, The Alchemist
Eats: Sea Level, Azteca, Chillfire
Spots: The Spa at the Ritz Carlton-Charlotte, Latta Plantation Trails, my Diva Den

Nidhi Thapar

Director of Marketing and Operations at NaliniKIDS

Favorite books: Next Year in Havana, Decisive, Shoe Dog
Eats: Rai Lay Thai, Suarez Bakery
Spots: Freedom Park, Manor Theater, Blackhawk Hardware’s Nursery