When The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was chosen as the featured title for Community Read 2019, Outreach Channel Leader and project manager Meryle Leonard saw an opportunity. “The themes in this book are so relevant and timely, we knew we’d need partners with different experiences and expertise. It was a natural opportunity to position the Library system as a convener and a platform for programs and dialogue that may be facilitated by others,” Meryle explains.
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.
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.
For the third year, Channel 9 has teamed up with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for 9 Books for Kids, and a few of the station's TV anchors got into the book drive spirit by sharing their favorite books.
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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.
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.
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.
Last spring when Charlotte Mecklenburg Library programming staff, the Library Foundation, and Carowinds leadership finalized a Summer Break partnership, we all had high hopes for the collaboration.
Reality has far surpassed all expectations.
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