The Update for March 1, 2024

Above: Marcellus Turner, Alisa Evans, Charles Thomas, Jenni Gaisbauer and Gene Cochrane (L to R) joined their peers from New York, Chicago, Seattle, St. Paul, Cleveland, Miami, Denmark and more at the Knight Foundation Library Leaders Conference in Miami

Hello —

Last week, I had the opportunity to join Library Foundation board chair Gene Cochrane, Library CEO Marcellus Turner, and Charles Thomas, chair of the Library Trustees and Charlotte Director for Knight Foundation in Miami for Knight’s annual Library Leaders Meeting.

This intimate two-day meeting brings together 75 leaders from across the country and around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities public libraries face today.

The agenda is always informative and inspiring, and this year our conversations focused on:.

—the impact of AI on libraries and how do we embrace it to further our work.

—the rising cost of digital materials and how to build a united front with major publishers.

—the mental health and safety of our staff as libraries are willingly filling the gaps of social services; and

—what does the agenda look like for the next 10 years for public libraries.

Library leaders anticipate that the next ten-year agenda will require stronger partnerships with their private funding partners — a Friends group, a development team within the Library, or a supporting Foundation, like us. We must continue to work together as we build strategic plans, community partnerships, and public advocacy. Collectively, we need to build a stronger and more relevant national case for support that shares the complexity of libraries impact today.

I am so thankful to the Knight Foundation for providing this special opportunity every year. I always come back focused, motivated, and thankful for what we have here in Charlotte.

We have strong volunteer leadership, committed staff, and you, our generous supporters.

With gratitude,

Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

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Community Read gets cooking in March

The biggest book club in our city is Community Read, a month-long challenge to the entire community to get reading. This year’s theme is “food as connector” and features Buttermilk Graffiti by acclaimed chef Edward Lee.

We’re back and madder than ever!

Registration for our free competition for book clubs opened this week. Grab your book club pals and go head-to-head with other Charlotte-area book lovers to win a FREE table at the 2024 Verse & Vino (a $2,000 value.)

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March 23, 2024

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