Carolina Friends School has two libraries on campus. The Lower School Library serves students in first through fourth grades. The Middle/Upper School Library serves students in fifth through twelfth grades.
Our Library Mission
Carolina Friends School (CFS) Libraries serve as spaces for the community to engage in thoughtful study, creative endeavors, individual and group activities, collaborative work, and independent reading. CFS Librarians aid in this work by teaching information literacy and digital citizenship skills, promoting lifelong reading and learning, and serving as resources for a variety of needs. In keeping with our Quaker philosophy, the libraries support diversity in our collections and practices as well as in the spaces we provide for library users.
CFS Libraries support the mission of Carolina Friends School.
A Durham native, Cheryl has been working in educational and non-profit communities since 2003. She holds a B.A. in English and a certificate in Early Childhood Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. Cheryl taught in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool until 2008 when she and her husband, Albert, accepted an ESOL teaching placement for Peace Corps Micronesia. Cheryl’s experience abroad helped her to realize that librarianship is the place that many of her interests—service, education, and equitable information access—intersect. In 2013, she received a master’s in Library Science, with a focus on health resources, from North Carolina Central University. Cheryl served patrons of all ages in the Asheboro Public Library for three years before returning to her hometown in 2016. Outside of the library, Cheryl is preparing for certification as a Childbirth Educator and loves exploring with her two young children.
Ruffin joined CFS as the Middle School/Upper School Librarian in 2018. She has been a Middle and Upper School librarian since 2002. A Nashville, Tennessee native, she earned her B.A. in English at the College of William and Mary and her M.S. in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. After teaching at Culbreth Middle School for four years, she moved north to Rhode Island, and served as Upper School Librarian at Moses Brown, a Quaker school in Providence, for 10 years. Ruffin's omnivorous curiosity and wonder lead her to many interests, including reading and writing, running, biking, swimming and doing yoga, knitting, cooking and gardening.
Leslie graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a B.A. in English and later received a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. A former Army brat, she moved to North Carolina in 2009 with her husband for his medical residency at Duke. They fell in love with Durham and are happy to have put down roots here with their two daughters and their rescue pup, Willa. Leslie joined the CFS community in 2019 after several years teaching at a local Montessori school. When she isn’t reading, wondering, questioning, or otherwise feeding her inquisitive mind, Leslie loves biking, traveling with her family, spending time in nature, music, knitting, swimming, and being cozy.