Access to opportunity is in our DNA.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force released its Leading on Opportunity report last year. Organizations and individuals throughout our community are galvanizing in response to its recommendations around improving economic mobility for our city’s children. Your Library is ready, because providing access to opportunity is in our DNA.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has always been committed to improving lives and building a stronger community. Over 90% of Mecklenburg County residents view the Library as a champion for early literacy, digital inclusion and economic opportunity, and the Task Force recommendations resonate with our mission and record of success. Leading on Opportunity outlines interrelated determinants that influence a child’s lifetime opportunities, and Library initiatives strongly align:
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION
We were among the first libraries in the country to dedicate space for a children’s department in the early 1900s, and in 2005 opened the award-winning ImaginOn children’s library. Today’s ONE Access partnership with CharlotteMecklenburg Schools and expanded Active Reading awareness trainings with Read Charlotte are a continuation of our longstanding commitment to early literacy and student success.
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Proven initiatives like College 101, DigiLit, VolunTeens and internships will expand under a newly introduced College and Career Connections suite of programs. The Library’s Job Help Center, introduced at the height of the 2010 recession, will continue to add services in response to the needs of customers at every age and career stage.
FAMILY AND CHILD STABILITY
Your Library embraces families of all structures, and offers support for everyone from new parents and babies through seniors. We partner with Mecklenburg County and community agencies to provide programs on topics from mental health and parenting to financial literacy and new resident onboarding. These offerings will continue to grow and be widely available in branches, outreach locations and online.