Google Fiber Invests in Digital Makerspace at ImaginOn

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center has been called a playground for literacy and self-expression. Thanks to a generous gift from Google Fiber and additional support from the Knight School of Communication at Queens University, the playground just added some new high-tech equipment. 

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.

A New Chapter

The re-opening of Morrison Regional Library is more than a homecoming for the neighborhood. It’s also a new chapter in Library technology and customer service for the entire Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system – written in partnership with Library users.

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.

Van Every Foundation Support Takes DigiLit on the Road!

For the last two years, the Library’s DigiLit program has helped to bridge the digital divide through a curriculum for adults that includes computer hardware, software and web basics, social media, and an overview of digital resources available at the Library, from e-books to online courses. Thanks to generous support from the Philip L. Van Every Foundation, DigiLit will more than double its reach this year.

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.

Making a Difference

Your Library changes lives, one person at a time. Here are a few of those (real) people: Amelia is a student who uses Library resources with her ONE Access account, and recently received a Library wifi hotspot to use at home. That connectivity, combined with the laptop she received through E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide), has made her study time more productive and focused, and she is able to complete her school assignments independently.