Reading

What's Mark West Reading?

Mark I. West, PhD is a professor and scholar in Children's Literature and Chair of the Department of English at UNC-Charlotte. He believes children's literature is defined by its audience - and the Library keeps him in touch with young readers. Since his arrival in Charlotte in 1984, Mark has brought stories, insight, scholarship - and puppetry! - to Library programs and events, and he is a key member of  the EpicFest literary festival planning committee. Last month Mark was awarded the University's Bonnie E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement Award.

Bigger, Better, Together

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.

What's Sky Dudley Reading?

What does a poet read? Sky is one of 20 local poets inspiring customers at Main Library with his words during National Poetry Month. He shared the books that inspire him.  Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. The entire series. It was the first series that completely wrapped me in and absorbed me. The first and only book I’ve waited in line for. Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. It’s a book about a gorilla learning philosophy. It’s a deep and inspiring book that can change the way you think.

What's Patrice Gopo Reading?

We asked Patrice Gopo -  library advocate and the author of All the Colors We Will See -  what she reads for inspiration:  As the black American daughter of Jamaican immigrants, I often write about ideas related to race, racial identity formation, migration, and belonging. I love reading books that connect with these themes and—perhaps—overlap, in some way, with my experience. Here are some of my favorites.

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.

What's Glenn Burkins Reading?

We asked the editor and publisher of Qcitymetro to tell us about his favorite books - and he shared a literary travelogue: For me, the best books are those that take me on a journey, allowing me to experience a life I could otherwise never know. 

What Have YOU Been Reading?

‘Tis the season for top ten lists, and Library staff have compiled the most-checked-out titles of 2018 by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library users. Adult Fiction (combined print and digital)

What's Dana Eure Reading?

Dana Eure has spent her career in our libraries and others across North Carolina. As Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Branch Channel Leader, she provides strategic and operating leadership to the library branches in support of the delivery of professional library collections, materials, programs and services to the community. In addition to this role, Dana was recently named the Library's Acting Library Director/Chief Customer Officer.  She still makes time to read - and told us what's on her bookshelf right now.