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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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Library learns of $2 million cut in current budget year

March 17, 2010

On Tuesday, March 16, the Library learned that Mecklenburg County would be reducing the Library’s funding for Fiscal Year 2010 by 6.3 percent, or $2 million dollars, before June 30, 2010.

To absorb a $2 million reduction in such a short period of time, the Library will need to lay off at least 140 employees, resulting in the closure of at least twelve Library locations, pending final library board approval. The Library Board of Trustees will consider these options at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 12 p.m.

As soon as possible after that meeting, the Library will announce which library locations will be closed. Once the decision has been made to close locations, it will take approximately two weeks to complete the closing.

Read the full story in a recent e-news update and find out what you can do.

Learn more about Library funding  on our Budget Information page and sign up to receive the latest news via e-mail.

Job Help Center Opens at Main Library

January 21, 2010

State Librarian Mary Boone speaks at Job Help Center grand opening.

Hundreds of guests were in attendance at the grand opening of the new Job Help Center at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Main Library. Speakers at the grand opening included Library Director Charles Brown, County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts, and North Carolina State Librarian Mary Boone  See the photos posted on Flickr.

The past few days have been a flurry of activity preparing not only for the opening of the center, but also for computer classes that were scheduled to take place at 9:30 this morning in the center. Mary Boone referred to the center as a “showcase” job center for other libraries, and congratulated the efforts of library staff for continuing to innovate to meet the needs of the public, especially during what has been a challenging financial year not only for libraries but also for those who need us most in the community.

The Job Help Center will be open during Main Library hours, M-Th 9-9, F-Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-1.

New Hickory Grove Library slated to open Feb. 6

December 7, 2009

For the past year, a 16,000-foot replacement for the current 5,100-foot Hickory Grove branch has been under construction across the street at 5935 Hickory Grove Road, near Food Lion. To prepare for the opening, the old branch will close three weeks before the opening of the new branch.

  • Jan. 16, 2010: Old branch closes so the books and materials can be moved to the new building.
  • Feb. 6, 2010: Grand opening of new Hickory Grove Library.

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‘Tween running and reading, girls find worlds of self-esteem

November 6, 2009
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The Fit Girls practice for the run. Photo courtesy the Charlotte Observer.

There’s a great article in today’s Observer about the ‘tween girls who will be running in tomorrow’s uptown race. It’s part of a national running and reading program called “Fit Girls” which has a chapter at the Steele Creek Library Branch. The coordinator of the Steele Creek chapter, Jennifer France, and Steele Creek Library manager Susan McDonald are thrilled with the program’s outcomes. Susan comments, “It truly has been a successful program – and I say this as a proud manager and a proud mom since my daughter has been one of the participants!” If you’re in the uptown area on Saturday, be sure to cheer on the girls! Read the article.

Learn how to download from your library

November 3, 2009

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Millions of people are already downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more from their public libraries, and you can too. Find out more when the Main Library hosts the Digital Bookmobile for a special event on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. With instructional videos and interactive computer stations, readers of all ages will experience new ways to enjoy digital books and more from their public library. Learn more at DigitalBookmobile.com or start downloading right away at http://downloads.plcmc.org.

Reading beyond reality

October 16, 2009

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Area teens will be reading some exciting stuff as celebrate Teen Read Week, October 18 – 24, 2009, with the theme, “Read Beyond Reality.” Part of this celebration includes a lineup of exciting sci-fi and fantasy themed events including author visits, book clubs, the Amazing Race Library Edition (how fun is that!), movies, scavenger hunts, and more. It is the Library’s hope that teens will join in the fun, and rediscover just how enjoyable reading can be. See the Teen Read Week Event Schedule.

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What’s the future of reading?

October 15, 2009

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Library Director Charles Brown chats with WFAE’s Mike Collins about the role of libraries in a digital age. Other guests include Stanley Wilder, University Librarian for UNC Charlotte and Sarah C. Michalak, Assoc. Provost for Libraries and University Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill.

Listen online: http://bit.ly/4j6MCQ

Novello kicks off with a very funny start.

October 9, 2009

The first Novello event, an Evening with Christopher Buckley, was a hoot! But don’t take our word for it — read the article by Pam Kelley of the Charlotte Observer, Satirist Christopher Buckley keeps audiences giggling at Novello kickoff.”

If you missed last night’s event, it’s not too late to get tickets to another Novello event that’s sure to be a hit — A Novello Evening with Clyde Edgerton on Friday, October 23. One of North Carolina’s favorite authors, Clyde Edgerton and his band, the Rank Strangers, promises to provide a Novello evening unlike any other. Readings, story songs, food and fun are all rolled into one wonderful evening. Tickets are $35, and you can purchase online.

See the entire Novello lineup, including free events for both adults and children, at www.plcmc.org/novello.

Largest single gift of books in Library’s 104-year history

October 7, 2009

Sophie Greenfield and her sons.

Sophie Greenfield and her sons.

“I just hope I have enough time to read them all.”

That’s what Sophie Bruckner Greenfield told her sons Russell and Michael, referring to her personal collection of more than 20,000 books.

Sophie Greenfield died August 29, 2008. Knowing that’s what their mother would have wanted Russell and Michael recently gave the Public Library her entire collection. It is the largest single gift of books in the Library’s 104 year history. (more…)