Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

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.

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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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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.

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

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…)

Major gift helps Library close the ‘digital divide’

October 2, 2009
From left to right: Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts, Library Director Charles Brown, Library Trustee Chair Darrel Williams, and Susan Patterson, Charlotte program director for Knight Foundation.

An announcement of a significant gift from the Knight Foundation to the Public Library. Pictured left to right: Mecklenburg County Commissioner Chair Jennifer Roberts, Library Director Charles Brown, Library Trustee Chair Darrel Williams, and Charlotte program director for Knight Foundation Susan Patterson.

Charlotte and Mecklenburg County residents will benefit from expanded Internet access and help searching for jobs, thanks to a $804,100 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. This gift was announced at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2009, at a press conference at ImaginOn.

Read the full news release on the Library’s web site. Videos of the event, which included heartfelt testimonials from library users about the personal impact library technology has made in their lives, are available on YouTube. Click here for the grant announcement, and here for a library user speaking about what the library means to her.

Are you a “power user” of the library? (We hope so.)

April 10, 2009

April 12 marks the launch of National Library Week, and this year, with so many people feeling the impact of the economic recession, we at the library want to reach out and urge people of all ages to harness the power of libraries to help in their day-to-day lives.

Read about the library’s public awareness efforts during National Library Week and share your thoughts on what it means to be a POWER USER by leaving a comment on this blog.

This teen visitor to PLCMC's Cornelius branch has the right idea.

This teen visitor to PLCMC's Cornelius branch has the right idea.