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Friends of the Library

A guide for the current and future members of the Friends of the Everett Library.

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Celebrating 50 years of FOL   

Annual Meeting
Monday, May 9th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Registration link to come.

Join the Friends of the Library as we conclude our 50th anniversary celebration by welcoming long-time Charlotte personality
Barbara McKay


Her many years of television, radio, and magazines have made Barbara McKay one of Charlotte’s most popular and recognizable media personalities.
Barbara McKay is the former host of Top O’ the Day, her daily top-rated show that she hosted for twenty-three years before creating, executive producing, and hosting other lifestyle shows locally, regionally, and nationally. She launched two successful magazines in the Charlotte market and shares her passion for food, fashion, family, and furry friends on the digital landscape. 
. In addition to success in broadcast media, Barbara has also launched and published two successful magazines in the Charlotte market: Barbara McKay’s Premier Bride and Barbara McKay’s Simply the Best.

COVID-19 Statement:  The safety and health of our attendees, speakers, and staff is of the utmost importance to Queens University of Charlotte.  All in person attendees will be asked to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the event.


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A word from FOL President Sherard Anne Gates

Dear Friends,

I hope this note finds you and your family well and that you share in the hope that we find ourselves emerging – or at least beginning to emerge -- from what has sometimes felt like a truly altered state of existence. What strange years 2020 and 2021 have been so far!

As we enter the new school year, we find ourselves getting back to normal around Queens.  We are planning our Kick-Off Reception and eagerly anticipating our Shortbread Sale and Holiday Books & Coffee.

Out of an abundance of caution and because we are adapting to Covid safety protocols, we will continue to have some meetings and/or events either completely virtual or possibly with a virtual option in the event that someone prefers to “attend” that way.  But we HAVE set dates for this year’s events and have them listed below.  Make sure to follow FOL on our social media platforms Instagram and Facebook.

We had many successful and well-attended author presentations during our “virtual year” and the recorded talks are available in the “events” section of our website.  We will continue to update with any future talks that are captured or recorded as well.

We are beginning a new membership campaign and hope that all of our loyal members will rejoin for the new year and possibly even consider joining at a higher level of commitment. Exciting plans are underway to celebrate our 50+ years of FOL – we hope to see you at ALL of these fun events.

So CHEERS to the 2021-2022 year of Friends! 

Sherard Anne Gates
Friends of the Library
Queens University of Charlotte

Officers and Executive Committee

2020-2021 Officers



Sherard Anne Gates

Vice President

Jennie Cook-Harper


Sharon Lacy


Cookie Parnell

Asst. Treasurer

Audean Godehn

Executive Committee


Book & Author Chair

Jennie Cook-Harper

Book & Author Co-Chair

Amy Colaco

Author Search Chair

Cathy Bortz

Author Search Co-Chair

Joyce Gray

Membership Co-Chair

Julie Thomas and Phyllis Mahoney

Shortbread Chairs

Kathy-Line Kelly and Sylvia Wood

Shortbread Co-Chair

Tonya Flippin

Long Range Planning Chair

Cookie Parnell

Past President Nominating

Sheila Bennett


FOL Photos