The Update for April 21, 2023

Charlotte’s first poet laureate Junious Ward, New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda, and award-winning novelist Lee Smith share their talents with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library supporters

I have so much good news to report. Together we raised over $32,000 on Library Giving Day on April 4. This includes the generous $10,000 matching gift from the Jesse Lutz Gregory family. Thanks to everyone who participated this national celebration of libraries and helped us reach our fundraising goal.

We also announced this week a $500,000 investment by Des Moines-based Principal Foundation in the CommonSpark campaign. Learn more about their generous gift here.

I hope you have your calendar handy, because there are so many ways to get connected to the Library this spring.

Our Final Draught author series kicks off with Charlotte’s first poet laureate Junious “Jay” Ward on May 1 at Town Brewing Company, and southern storytelling legend Lee Smith joins us for a virtual event on May 17.

On May 6 we’re featuring New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda at our first stop on Around the World in 21 Branches traveling festival. I hope you will join me at the North County Regional Branch in Huntersville for the launch of our tour of all the Library’s branches — including yours. Check the entire schedule here.

With sincere thanks,

Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

P.S. Would you like to be a part of the Around the World tour? Consider hosting a Whistle Stop. Reach out to me to learn more or to set a date.

Carnegie Circle Event featuring NoViolet Bulawayo

“I felt like I was sitting in the living room with my two most interesting author friends. That’s what good storytelling looks like — you become engrossed in the conversation and forget where you are.” Board member Caroleen Burroughs shares her thoughts on the Carnegie Circle event.
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Final Draught with Lee Smith

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation welcomes Lee Smith to the Final Draught virtual stage on Wednesday, May 17 at 4:00 pm. The New York Times best-selling author will be sharing her latest work, Silver Alert.
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Final Draught with Junious “Jay” Ward

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation welcomes Junious “Jay” Ward to the Final Draught stage on Monday, May 1 at 6:00 pm at Town Brewing Company. The nationally award-winning poet and Charlotte’s inaugural Poet Laureate will be sharing his latest work, Composition.
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More Ways to Support your Library

Kendra Scott Birkdale Village will be donating 20% of your purchase to the Library Foundation on Thursday, April 27 during their Kendra Gives Back event. Visit their store from 4 pm to 6 pm on April 27 or make a purchase online using code GIVEBACK-DYPJU to participate. Thank you to Kendra Scott for selecting the Library Foundation.

Charlotte FC and Crown Legacy will donate a portion of proceeds to the Library during the month of May. Charlotte FC is also a sponsor of Summer Break, the Library’s summer reading challenge for kids and families. Library staff will be at the May 5 and 24 matches to promote the program. Be sure to stop by their table.

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