What's Joan Zimmerman Reading?

We asked Southern Shows, Inc founder Joan Zimmerman what she reads, and she confessed that she's recently switched to reading e-books on her NOOK...but she still buys hard copies of the keepers. Here are a few of Joan's keepers:

What's Tom Hanchett Reading?

Dr. Tom Hanchett retired recently after many years with Levine Museum of the New South and earlier with Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks. But he hasn’t given up work as a community historian. He writes a column on international restaurants for the Charlotte Observer, “Food From Home,” gives tours including the ongoing “Charlotte in Black & White and More” for Community Building Initiative, and lectures frequently on our city’s history. Find his writings at    

What's Sally Brewster Reading?

As the owner of independent bookstore Park Road Books, Sally Brewster gets to read books before they hit the shelves for most of us. This year her stack of previews includes some upcoming works of fiction by Charlotte-based authors: The Barrowfields, by Phillip Lewis (release date 3/7/17)

A Delicious Evening with Vivian Howard

This year’s Carnegie Circle donor appreciation event was delicious in every way. The annual dinner, presented this year by Bank of America and supported by Foundation For The Carolinas, is an opportunity for the Library Foundation to recognize and thank donors who invest $1,000 or more each year in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. It was held on February 13 at Foundation For The Carolinas, where a crowd of 160 Library supporters gathered to mix, mingle and hear from Vivian Howard: chef, television host, and cookbook author.

Morrison Regional Renovation is Moving Along!

If you’ve peered through the construction fence at Morrison Regional Library lately, you know there are big changes in store and progress every day. The back wall has been removed to make way for the first floor expansion. Next up is the removal and replacement of soil in the back of the building, in preparation for the footings required to support the addition.

Incubating Ideas

When Main Library’s “Idea Box” makerspace opened nearly two years ago with partial funding from the Knight Foundation, the goal was to encourage Library users to get “creatively messy.” The Idea Box quickly established itself as an accessible, affordable place to tinker with almost any new technology for building, designing and co-creating - including MakerBot 3D printers, CAD stations, vinyl and laser cutters, sewing machines, knitting machines, a laser engraver/cutter, and a growing list of other devices.

What's Chuck Barger Reading?

Interesting people read interesting books…so we asked Common Market owner Chuck Barger for some recommendations. He gave us a literary stroll down memory lane: Harriet, The Spy, Louise Fitzhugh I got this book from the library at Central Elementary School in Albemarle.  I think my love of strong character, compelling story, and unique narrative approaches was born from devouring this book.  I loved reading about an “outsider” kid and the life of New York City.

Truth or Fiction? Your Library can help!

Literacy is so much more than knowing how to read. Information literacy is knowing whether what you are reading is reliable. In this age of online news, it can be increasingly difficult to separate facts from opinions or misinformation, and “fake news” can be very convincing. Information literacy has never been more critical – and your Library can help. Director of Libraries David Singleton explains how: How do librarians recognize reliable sources of information?