Education

Community Read Reaches Beyond Books

Community Read 2019 is over – but the conversations and relationships it sparked continue. And that was the point. Throughout March, our community came together around books. This year’s featured titles, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, and Love by Matt de la Peña provided readers of all ages opportunities to discuss important themes of compassion, perspective and understanding.

Love and Other Topics with Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña grew up in a small town near San Diego. He didn’t have a lot of money, but he knew he was surrounded by people who loved him and each other. When he wrote Love, the featured picture book for Community Read 2019, his goal was to help children today see the love around them.

Community Read 2019 Emphasizes Community

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announces that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas will be the main title for its annual Community Read program, held March 2019. The Library will lead a month-long community-wide effort to have adults and teens read and discuss The Hate U Give. To ensure the whole family participates, the Library has also selected companion titles for preteens and children: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and Love by Matt de la Peña.

Authenticity, Literacy and Community

Authenticity. An authentic storyline was the goal for The President is Missing  when Bill Clinton and James Patterson began writing. And an authentic love of books and literacy was the impression they conveyed to an audience of over 1,000 readers on November 29 at the Knight Theater.

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.

Epic Impact

On November 2 and 3, 2018, over 5,000 students, teachers and families will meet an author or an illustrator, discover a favorite story, or realize they too have a story to tell. An epic start to a lifetime of literacy is the legacy of one family.