Archive for September, 2009

One step closer to closing the ‘digital divide’

September 30, 2009

On Friday, Oct. 2, the Library will be one step closer to closing the ‘digital divide‘ thanks to a substantial gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We invite you to join us at a press conference at 9 a.m. that morning at ImaginOn (get the details) or stay tuned for more information posted here later that day.  Very exciting news, indeed!


Volunteers are needed this Saturday to help prepare for Book Sale in October.

September 24, 2009

booksIf you’re available anytime this Saturday, Sept. 26, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., you can make a difference by helping the Public Library prepare for its biggest ever book sale, the “Old Books to New Books” sale.

Volunteers are needed to help:
· Sift through books
· Sort into categories
· Decide price points
· Set up tables
· Clean up after each volunteer session
· Assist in promotion

Where: Arysley Town Center store, 2015 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Suites G, H, and J, Charlotte, NC 28273. (See map.)

Contact Arden McLaughlin,, 704-416-0705 or 704-491-7568 if you can attend and for all questions.

Proceeds from this book sale will support the purchase of needed new books and materials. If you can’t volunteer, please tell your friends about the “Old Books for New Books” sale, happening October 15 -17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nominations open for 2009 I Love My Librarian Award

September 18, 2009

Is there a librarian at your local PLCMC branch who you think is outstanding? Who goes above and beyond in his or her efforts to help library users and your community? Now you have a chance to not only sing their praises locally, but on a national level. Nominations are open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library. Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian, and 10 librarians received the award.

Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users. Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or a library at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at Nominate your favorite PLCMC librarian today!

Learning a new language is free and easy at your library

September 10, 2009

Ever wanted to learn a new language, but didn’t know where to start? The South County Regional branch of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County will be hosting drop-in demonstrations of Mango Languages, the free, online language-learning software available to library users. This Friday and Saturday, representatives from Mango Languages will be conducting live demonstrations and giving away free T-shirts. Mango Languages offers instruction in 12 languages and 3 ESL (English as a Second Language) programs with both in-library and remote access for users.

When & Where:
Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 416-6600

Libraries to resume regular hours

September 8, 2009

On September 13, seven branches of PLCMC will once again be open on Sundays from 1 – 6 p.m.: Main Library, ImaginOn, Independence, Morrison, South County, University City and North County. That’s very good news for students who use libraries on weekends. You can read the full news release here.