Awards & Recognition

From the Catbird's Seat

Library CEO Lee Keesler was a presenter and attendee at last month's annual Library Convening and Knight Media Forum, hosted by the Knight Foundation in Miami. We asked him to share his impressions of the conference:

A Year in Review

When the Library Foundation was established six years ago, it had two goals – to raise financial support, of course, and also to raise visibility. To bring the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to the front of the minds of people across our community as a source of information, education, entertainment, expertise, essential services, accessibility, networking and so much more.  Visibility is tricky to quantify, but we’ve captured some of the numbers for calendar year 2018.

Books, Beer...and Connection

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s Friends Council began its Final Draught series in 2017 with a simple goal: To connect new audiences with the Library by inviting diverse and charismatic local thought leaders to discuss a wide range of topics. With generous sponsorship from Red Ventures, Final Draught has become a hot ticket, featuring topics ranging from the local food scene to side hustles in the gig economy to authentic leadership. Audiences come for the beer, the books, the topics…and increasingly, the networking.

Time, Talent and Treasure

Every day, Library supporters invest time, talent and treasure in our Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. For nearly forty years, Carol Hull has given all three. When Carol moved to Mint Hill from Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1982, one of her first stops was the Library, then a storefront in a strip mall. She quickly came to view the Library as an essential part of her new community, and her annual donations earned her a “Friends” sticker on her Library card.

Philanthropy Ambassador Awarded

Each October, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library staff from all 20 locations convene at ImaginOn for a day of professional development, training, camaraderie, reflections on the year’s achievements and strategic priorities for the year ahead.

A Gift of Opportunity, One Person at a Time

On this Giving Tuesday, we are surrounded by messages encouraging and celebrating philanthropy, and worthy organizations across the globe share statistics to demonstrate the scale of their impact. With so much emphasis on the big picture, it’s easy to lose sight of the real way our Charlotte Mecklenburg Library makes a difference: one individual at a time.

Belk Foundation Invests in Efforts to Double 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

A grant of $100,000 from The Belk Foundation to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation will dramatically expand the Library’s efforts to address the challenge of third grade reading proficiency through Active Reading training. “Active reading means reading with children, rather than just reading aloud to children,” says Johanna Anderson, Executive Director of The Belk Foundation. “Research has proven that Active Reading builds vocabulary and comprehension, core components to literacy.