The Update for May 19, 2023

The first Around the World in 21 Branches festival launched at North County Regional Library and featured mural painting, a virtual reality experience of new Main Library, an opportunity to meet Library CEO and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner, custom screen printing and so much more.

Join us at the next event at University City Regional Library on Saturday, June 17.

Library supporters are so creative — especially when it comes to helping us build a new Main Library.

Library Trustee Tracy Montross celebrated her 40th birthday last weekend. She encouraged her friends and family to make a gift in her honor to mark the milestone. And we made it easy by setting up a custom donation page including a place where they could leave her well wishes and fun messages.

Principal Foundation executive director Jo Christine Miles flew in from Des Moines to be a part of our first stop on the Around the World in 21 Branches festival tour at North County Regional Library in Huntersville. She was joined by local Principal employees who volunteered at the event.

Together they are challenging the community to match their $500,000 gift and have truly committed to helping us build a spectacular library for Charlotte Mecklenburg.

Do you have a creative idea that will help us reach our CommonSpark goal? Let us know. We are here to support and spark your fundraising ideas for the Library!

With gratitude,

Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

P.S. Our next stop on the Around the World tour is University City Regional Library. I hope you’ll consider joining us as a volunteer or just stop by and rediscover your Library.

More News

Summer Break is right around the corner

Summer should be all about fun and the Library’s Summer Break program can help provide opportunities to read, be creative, develop social skills, learn new things, and so much more. Pre-registration is now open.

The 2023 Summer Break program is brought to you by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library with additional support from Wendy’s, Charlotte Football Club and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has officially launched its new website! The new site offers a more intuitive and engaging experience, while also providing a fresh look, a refined feel and more user-friendly navigation.

Dolly gets her due

“The American Library Association (ALA) is set to confer an honorary lifetime membership upon award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist Dolly Parton for her longstanding support and commitment to inspiring a love of books and reading.”

We are BIG fans of Dolly Parton at the Library Foundation for a lot of reasons: her legendary music, her big hair, and her even bigger heart.

But Dolly’s generous support of early childhood literacy and public libraries is our favorite reason of all.

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