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. 

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Dear Friends,

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.

Executive Director
Memphis Library Foundation

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

Raymond James

Gerre Currie, Vice-Chair/Treasurer

Financial Federal

Jonathan A. Lindsey, Secretary

Martin, Tate, Morrow, & Marston, PC

Christine Munson

Retired, First Tennessee Bank

Jack A. Belz

Belz Enterprises

Toria Brown

The Pursuit Center, MSCS

Jennifer Campbell

Social Worker in Private Practice

Maria Fuhrmann

Retired, Office of Mayor Jim Strickland

Heather Grosvenor

Community Volunteer

John Lewis

Semmes Murphey

Calvetta Mathis

Independent Bank

Herman Morris

The Morris Law Firm

Sean Norris

Truist, Senior Vice President

Alejandro Paredes

City of Memphis, Housing and Community Development

Juliette Paul

Christian Brothers University

Rev. Leonard Perkins, Sr.

Retired, USAF; Pastor, Patmos Island Church

Jody Shutzberg

Community Volunteer


Angela Bailey-Mitchel

President of Friends of the Library

Lemoyne Robinson

Chairman of Library Board of Trustees

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.


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 the men and women who founded the Memphis Library Foundation. The funds they raised on behalf of the library have allowed for significant innovation and growth.

Memphis Library Legends is an honor bestowed on a founding member based on his or her overwhelmingly positive impact on the Memphis Public Libraries. These individuals are chosen for their contributions that transcend the building of Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, proving time and again their dedication to the purpose of the Memphis Library Foundation.

Previous Legends:

  • Dunbar Abston Jr., 2018
  • Rudi and Honey Scheidt, 2019