The Friends of the Black Mountain Library formed in 1963 to build and later expand our library’s existing building. In its ongoing work, the Friends raise funds for books, equipment, programs and other needs not covered by the library budget.

Some members support the Friends simply by paying their annual dues, while others become more involved by donating their time. 

Our Future Goals

  • Increase fundraising for materials and programs outside the library budget
  • Continue to expand our book sale
  • Build on our vibrant literary events programs
  • Secure a sustained membership base with active programming and renewals
  • Expand our volunteer program 
  • Nuture our community to bring together people who appreciate the library and are willing to support it with their time, money, and talents.

Our 2024/25 Board of Directors

  • Beebe Woodside: President
  • Sandra Jakeway: Vice President
  • Michelle Desiderato: Treasurer
  • Judi Repman: Secretary
  • Kathy Folsom: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Jane Belsches: Membership Chair
  • Erin Bonar: Tailgate Market Coordinator
  • Emily Phillips: Buncombe County Library Trust Board
  • Linda Brinson: Buncombe County FOL Liaison
  • Clint Bowman: Programs
  • Melisa Pressley: Branch Manager

Contact any of our board members through our Contact Page, and simply identify the person you want to reach in the subject line. We love to hear from you!

Our 2024 Board: (Back row from left to right): Melisa Pressley (Librarian), Erin Bonar, Jane Belsches (Membership Chair), Clint Bowman, Beebe Woodside (President). Front row from left to right:  Linda Brinson, Michelle Desiderato (Treasurer), Judi Repman (Secretary), Susan Leive (Volunteer Coordinator), Cate Crane (Vice President), Sandra Jakeway. Not pictured: Emily Phillips