Archive for May, 2009

Library Budget Update: Public Hearings on May 28

May 22, 2009

On Tuesday, May 19, County Manager Harry Jones presented his fiscal year 2010 budget recommendations to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). As expected, the funding that he recommended for the Library was approximately a 10% reduction. Right now, even though the County Manager is recommending a 10% reduction scenario for the Library, the Library’s budget could face an even greater reduction.

Library use has surged during the economic recession, and we know that it is more important than ever to be able to serve the citizens in our community. The results of deep budget reductions would be significant, including the possibility of reduced hours of service at all library branches.

On Thursday, May 28, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 6:00 p.m. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte. The Library recognizes that this is a crucial meeting. You are invited to support the Library by voicing your opinions and concerns to the Board of County Commissioners. There are several ways that you can help:

  • Contact your County Commissioners and let them know how much you value the Library.
  • Join other Library supporters by attending the public hearing on May 28th. Please contact Karen Beach, Director of Community Engagement (kbeach@plcmc.org) if you plan to attend and would like to sit with other library supporters.
  • Citizens may register to speak about the recommended budget from May 18-27 by completing this form on Mecklenburg County’s Web site or by calling 704-336-2086.

We won’t know the final results of County funding decisions until the Board of County Commissioners approves the budget on June 16, but we will work to keep our customers informed about possible service impacts as we move through the process.

Thank you for your ongoing support of libraries and their value in the community.

New page lets you follow along with library building projects

May 19, 2009

A new page entitled Library Building Projects is now available on the library’s web site http://www.plcmc.org. This page lets you follow along with library construction, including renovations and new construction.

While the economic climate has affected many library building projects, construction continues on a new Hickory Grove branch library, and you can view photos of the continuing progress from this page. This new library received funding for land and construction many years ago, and is desperately needed to meet the needs of growing community surrounding it. The new building will replace the small, strip mall library branch on W.T. Harris Blvd., and is scheduled for completion in 2010.

How does the library make decisions on when and where to build or renovate libraries? Decisions for major capital projects are guided by the Library’s Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan, which is informed by a comprehensive study of trends, community growth and feedback from YOU — our library users. As you can see, the projects on the Building Projects page are in various phases of development from early planning to actual construction. Many of these projects may not be completed for several years, but by planning far into the future, we can create facilities that will meet the needs of future citizens.

Help for Small Businesses at Main Library

May 18, 2009

ml1Small business owners and individuals thinking about starting a business will benefit from the expertise of SCORE® (Service Corps of Retired Executives) counselors.  Free one-on-one business counseling is available on-site at Main Library every Tuesday, and the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, from 10am to 3 pm.

SCORE Counselors are trained to guide the Small Business client in:

•    Evaluating business prospects.
•    Building marketing plans.
•    Generating business plans, and
•    Seeking financial assistance when needed

For more about the many diverse services available at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, visit our website at www.plcmc.org.

To make a counseling appointment for Main Library or any of SCORE’s other regional locations, please phone 704-344-6576. For more information about SCORE, visit their website at http://www.charlottescore.org/.