About the Friends


Friends of the Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization made up of everyday customers and advocates that are passionate about our library.

Building awareness and resources to champion the mission of Columbus Metropolitan Library.

We provide reach and resources beyond what the library can do on its own. We work closely with library leadership and staff in every branch to determine where our support can make a difference. That’s why the Friends are proud to fund critical programs such as Summer Reading Challenge, Homework Help Centers and Teen Read Week that are major touchstones of the library experience. We also support library levy campaigns, which provide public funding for the library.

Support your library by becoming a Friend. Click here and join today!

FOL BOARD – 2018 Term

President:  Bob Carroll – American Electric Power
Vice President:  Lauren Bonfield – LBB Law
Treasurer:  Gregg Gascon – OhioHealth Group
Secretary:  Katie Peet – State Auto Insurance

Laura Anthony – Bricker & Eckler LLP
Donald Burkhimer – Community Volunteer
Christina Cheng – DSW
Michelle Dranschak – GradLeader
Marjorie Duffy – Jones Day
Elissa Francis – United Way of Central Ohio
Nedra Hadley – Community Volunteer
Shanda Harris – Small Business Association
Tamara James – Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
Jennifer Kelly – Shiseido Americas
Patrick King – Stifel Nicolaus & Co, Inc.
Charles McGrothers – Leader Promotions
Julie Newhall – Ohio Education Association
Ellen Rhoades – Waverly Partners, LLC
Dhanu Sant – WholeKids Pediatrics
William Shepherd – The Wendy’s Co.
June Stewart – Amplify Partners, LLC
Andrea Thomas – Crane Group
Coby Williams – RAMA Consulting


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