Librarians are superheroes without capes who work every day to make a difference for their neighbors in the community. These librarians and the Memphis Library Foundation are transforming communities through knowledge.
The Memphis Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1994, chartered as the Foundation for the Library. Its mission is to enhance the 18 Memphis Public Libraries by securing funding through grants and private support. Join with our libraries and make a contribution today to continue their life-changing work.
Let’s be honest – if librarians can’t save the world, who can? They’re the closest thing we’ve got to real superheroes, working to provide whatever services the community may need in convenient local library branches. Libraries have served their communities for decades and continue to evolve the services they provide in rapidly changing times.
As executive director, I welcome the challenge of leading the Memphis Library Foundation as we grow our impact by expanding private funding for library programs and enhancements. Many people believe that libraries are fully funded by the City of Memphis and foundation grants alone, but that is simply not true. Without generous donations from private individual and corporate donors, library programming as it stands today would not exist. Libraries are neighborhood anchors that help citizens not only find books but also jobs and housing opportunities, technology resources and so much more.
I have long had a passion for serving my community by working for organizations that create positive community impact and serving on numerous nonprofit boards. I also spent several years as an attorney, which gave me a great deal of financial and business knowledge that I can certainly apply to this role. With your help, I look forward to continuing the important work of the Memphis Library Foundation, growing its impact and better meeting the needs of each of the 18 Memphis Public Library branches it supports. There are great things to come for our organization, and I am so thrilled to be a part of it.
Christine M. Weinreich, J.D.
Our board of directors is made up of trusted individuals dedicated to serving and moving the Memphis Library Foundation forward. We are eternally grateful for their tireless efforts.
Lawson Arney, Chair
Margaret McLean, Vice-Chair/Treasurer
Heather Grosvenor, Secretary
Joseph A. Crone
Karen C. Matthews
Jack A. Belz
Dorsey E. Hopson, II
John Paul Jones
The Memphis Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1994, chartered as the Foundation for the Memphis & Shelby County Public Library. Our mission is to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries by securing funding through private support from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Since its founding, the Memphis Library Foundation has raised about $30 million to support the Memphis Public Library’s 18 branches, outreach efforts, and online offerings. These funds, secured through grants and other private support, have changed more lives than we can count. From preschool children participating in free educational programming in the summer months to senior citizens taking advantage of a Techie Senior course, our libraries are changing the future of our city one person at a time.
Memphis Library Legends are individuals that have impacted the Memphis Public Libraries in an overwhelmingly positive way. The libraries that have served millions in Memphis and Shelby County would not be what they are today without the unwavering dedication and support of these men and women.