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Double your impact! A Library supporter will match all donations up to $10,000!
This year on April 23, libraries and communities across the country will celebrate the second annual Library Giving Day. This one-day fundraising event falls in the middle of National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. Last year, over 2/3 of our community – 700,000 people – used a Library resource.
The original theme of this year’s National Library Week was Find Your Place at the Library. In recent weeks, the American Library Association flipped it to Find the Library at Your Place. In this time of physical distancing, both are true.
While our physical “places” are closed, your Library’s mission to improve lives and build a stronger community is in high gear. Online requests for new library cards have dramatically increased – 400 new accounts were activated in just the first week of the local stay-at-home order. Librarians continue to serve teachers, students and newly home-schooling families with online educational resources. Virtual programming, from storytimes and author events to guided meditation and “Book a Librarian” – one-on-one consultations over video conferencing – have earned a growing following as your Library provides a sense of normalcy and community while social distancing.
We are also preparing the services that will be needed once our city reopens and we face the long-term effects of the shutdown together. Services like job help workshops, tax assistance, and guidance navigating quickly changing public policies are in place already and will ramp up as needed.
Your Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been a part of our community for over a century. We’ve been through difficult periods before, and we’ll weather this one together. Even with our physical locations closed, libraries continue to be inclusive hubs of community where everyone can find resources, support, and “place” as we care for one another.
Especially in this time of uncertainty, we appreciate your support on this Library Giving Day. A generous donor has offered to match all gifts up to $10,000, so a gift of any amount will have twice the impact.
The New York Times best-selling author – and a Verse & Vino favorite – will join us on Facebook Live for a special Giving Day installation of Final Draught: Home Edition!