Friends of the Library

Bringing literary opportunities to the Queens campus and Charlotte community


The Friends of the Library is a vibrant organization dedicated to providing social and literary events to the Queens campus and the Charlotte community through book and author events, social and cultural gatherings, book clubs and fundraising.

Founded in 1971 by a group of interested citizens who pledged to provide support and resources to Everett Library, the FOL organization is an integral part of the library and the entire campus.

Book and author events

Featuring authors Tim Johnston and Marie Benedict

Conversations with the Authors

Monday, March 4 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Burwell Hall

Enjoy conversation with our featured authors and other Friends of the Library followed by brief remarks by our special guest authors.


Book and Author Luncheon

Tuesday, March 5 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Morrison Hall

A wine reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a noon seating for lunch featuring presentations by both authors.


Featured Authors

Tim Johnston

Tim Johnston, Author of "The Current"

Tim Johnston’s debut novel, Descent, achieved that rare feat of widespread critical acclaim and a spot on the NY Times bestseller list. In The Current, Johnston further pushes the boundaries of his considerable literary gifts with a gripping and heartbreaking story of small town crime, of fathers and daughters, and of the complexity and fragility of our lives. Johnston’s other works include the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. He holds degrees from University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Iowa City.

Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict, Author of "The Only Woman in the Room"

Marie Benedict’s books have focused on unearthing the hidden historical stories of women previously writing about Albert Einstein’s wife in The Other Einstein, and Andrew Carnegie’s nursemaid in Carnegie’s Maid. In The Only Women in the Room, Benedict tells the story of the glamour icon and scientist, Hedy Lamarr and her pre-Hollywood life as the wife of an Austrian arms dealer during World War II, and her groundbreaking invention which revolutionized modern communication. Three prior novels, written under the name, Heather Terrell are, The Chrysalis, The Map Thief and Bridget of Kildare. Marie Benedict is a lawyer and a graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.


Our annual membership campaign is going on now.  Friends of the Library memberships run on a calendar year basis, so join today to receive a full year of membership benefits, including the annual Book & Author Luncheon, Spring Books & Coffee and other events. Membership is an enriching and rewarding experience and offers the chance to support Everett Library and to attend numerous exciting events throughout the year. Membership opportunities begin at $50.

How We Support Everett Library

  • Offer social and literary programming to faculty, staff and students of Queens and residents of the community
  • Provide support to Everett Library for books, equipment, renovation and service enhancement. Monetary gifts to date exceed $1 million
  • Continue endowment growth for the Annual Book and Author Event. Board members have raised over $100,000

Join Us

If you are interested in joining Friends of the Library at Queens, please register here.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about Friends of the Library, contact us at 704-688-2708 or fol@queens.edu. You can also connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Officers and Advisors

President: Phyllis Mahoney
Vice President: Sheila Bennett
Secretary: Joyce Gray
Treasurer: Roshena Ham Bugge
Membership:  Jennie Cook-Harper, Janine Moore
Book and Author Chairs: Julie Walton, Melissa Kimberly-Blair
Author Search Co-Chairs: Debbie Phillips, Sherard Anne Gates
Shortbread Co-Chair: Audean Godehn, Anne Tonissen

University Advisors

President of Queens University of Charlotte: Dr. Pamela Davies
University Librarian: Eric Shoaf
Associate Vice President/Alumni Relations: Adelaide Davis 

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