The Update for March 31, 2023

Internationally acclaimed author NoViolet Bulawayo read from her award-winning novel “Glory” in ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Theater on Monday evening at our Carnegie Circle donor event.

Earlier this week I was reminded of the privilege of free access to information that our remarkable Library system provides.

Monday evening our Carnegie Circle donor event was back in person. We thank our supporters who give $1,000+ annually with a thought-provoking author, wine and food, and a signed copy of their latest work. Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo was our special guest joined by moderator Davidson College professor of English Alan Michael Parker.

She shared her triumphs (the first African woman to receive not one but two Booker Prize nominations for her novels) and her challenges (living in a country where your words could prompt cruel government backlash). She was determined to have her voice heard. Her local library helped make this possible.

“I did not read books,” shared NoViolet, “I inhaled them.”

Next Tuesday April 4 is National Library Giving Day, a day where library advocates like you join together to raise crucial funds that add more to the story. More programs, more access, more storytimes, more tutoring sessions, more digital literacy, and of course, more books.

I hope you will join us in celebrating our Library by making a gift of any level. Let’s continue the legacy of free access to information and learning opportunities for everyone in Mecklenburg County and beyond.

Thank you for adding your voice to the story.

With gratitude,

Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

P.S. Help us reach our Library Giving Day goal of $50,000! As an extra incentive, every dollar raised on Library Giving Day will be matched by the Jesse Lutz Gregory family from now until April 4, dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Give today and get your gift doubled!

Write Your Own Legacy
Featuring Gavin Edwards

Join the Library Foundation and New York Times obituary writer and author Gavin Edwards on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 12 pm to 1 pm. Gavin will share stories and tips on how to write a meaningful and original obituary for yourself or a loved one. Plus he will share a little bit about his upcoming book MCU: The Rise of Marvel Studios launching in November 2023.

Introducing… Around the World in 21 Branches: A traveling festival celebrating our Library system

We are circumnavigating Mecklenburg County, touching down at each and every Library location along the way and bringing along a festival to delight, inform and entertain. Our first stop… North Country Regional! Mark your calendars for May 6.

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