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Library’s first community meeting about expected budget cuts set for Wednesday

April 21, 2010

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced today that the first community meeting to share information about the Library’s budget will take place this Wednesday.

Four other sessions have been scheduled, with more sessions to be scheduled soon so that citizens from across the County who are interested in the future of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can learn more.

The purpose of these sessions is to:

  • Share the presentation viewed at the Library’s April 15 Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Facilitate a dialogue between the community and the Library in order to identify additional factors that may assist with planning for FY 2011 which begins July 1.
  • Encourage citizen advocacy and support for the Library.

Last week Director of Libraries Charles Brown presented three scenarios to the Board of Trustees that outlined ways the Library could potentially deal with an expected $17 million budget cut from Mecklenburg County.

The Board of Trustees will vote on the Library’s final operating budget in June following adoption of the FY11 budget by the Board of County Commissioners.

Information Session Schedule

Wed, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. – CPCC North campus: 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville

Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m. – CPCC Levine campus: 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews

Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. – Main Library: 310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. – Myers Park Baptist Church: 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte

Monday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. – CPCC Cato Campus: 8120 Grier Road, Charlotte

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library budget, visit our website at http://www.cmlibrary.org.

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Your Library is a Five Star!

December 4, 2009

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has once again been designated a “Five-Star” library. This is a due in large part to the support and patronage we receive from you, the people of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Thanks!

Wondering what a Five-Star Library is? It’s the highest possible rating given out by the Library Journal, and it’s similar to the Michelin and Mobile guides used for restaurants and hotels. They’ve actually given it to use twice: first in February 2009, then again in November 2009. You can read more on our website.

Come on in to the Library or visit our website at www.cmlibrary.org to find out what’s going on at the Library. Not only can you help us celebrate our five stars, but your very presence can help us keep our Five-Star designation in the future! How’s that, you ask? The Library Journal Index is based equally on four things: visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use.

“Today Show” shines national spotlight on libraries

June 16, 2009

A national story that ran on NBC’s The Today Show last week shone the national spotlight on libraries, highlighting issues such as increased library use and decreased funding that are libraries nationally as well as locally.  

According to a recent American Library Association (ALA) study, “Libraries Connect Communities,” 73% of libraries are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities. This access has become even more important as families across the country struggle economically. As a result, many libraries have begun reporting double-digit growth in computer usage in 2008. This reflects the local picture as well, as the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) has  seen an 11% increase in library computer use, as well as such as 18% in requests, 8% in items lent, 9% increase in questions answered, and 5% in website use.

The Today Show story also highlighted the funding challenges most public library systems are facing, which is also the case here in Mecklenburg County. On June 11, the Library’s Board of Trustees approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2010 that reflected a 10% (or $3.6 million) reduction in County funding. The major impacts of the reduced budget scenario are as follows:

  •  28% reduction in the books and materials budget
  • 10% reduction in personnel budget (including furlough days, benefits reductions, and unfilled/frozen positions remain vacant)
  • 10% reduction in utilities budget (possible reduced hours of operation)
  • 10% reduction in supplies budget

The Library will await the final decision of the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, June 16, before a final determination will be made on the impact to operating hours – however, it is likely that locations will close on Sundays during the summer months while school is out, to have the least possible impact on our customers.

Yet in spite of these challenges, the Library is working to meet the growing needs of our community, and recently launched a Customer Satisfaction Survey to assess how we are meeting those needs. We are also in the process of finalizing a 3-year Strategic Plan and an important reorganization process to realign the Library’s organizational structure with twenty-first century needs. If you would like to stay up-to-date on library news and updates, please visit www.plcmc.org and subscribe to our e-newsletter. 

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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/.