Posts Tagged ‘Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County’

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.

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…)

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.

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/.

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.

How the library is planning for its long-term future

February 20, 2009

Darrel Williams, chair of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Board of Trustees, talks with the Charlotte Observer about how the current economic crisis is affecting library planning.

“During this challenging time the library must plan for how to best provide for the needs of a rapidly growing community five, 10 and 25 years into the future, while also being conscious of our current recession. The due diligence we are putting into our Facilities Master Plan now will allow us to move forward with the confidence that the decisions we make will best serve our community today and well into the future.” ~ Darrel Williams (excerpt from article)

Read a pdf of the article, then share your thoughts on the challenges of planning during economic downturns.