Belk Foundation Invests in Efforts to Double 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

A grant of $100,000 from The Belk Foundation to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation will dramatically expand the Library’s efforts to address the challenge of third grade reading proficiency through Active Reading training. “Active reading means reading with children, rather than just reading aloud to children,” says Johanna Anderson, Executive Director of The Belk Foundation. “Research has proven that Active Reading builds vocabulary and comprehension, core components to literacy.

What's Joan Zimmerman Reading?

We asked Southern Shows, Inc founder Joan Zimmerman what she reads, and she confessed that she's recently switched to reading e-books on her NOOK...but she still buys hard copies of the keepers. Here are a few of Joan's keepers:

What's Tom Hanchett Reading?

Dr. Tom Hanchett retired recently after many years with Levine Museum of the New South and earlier with Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks. But he hasn’t given up work as a community historian. He writes a column on international restaurants for the Charlotte Observer, “Food From Home,” gives tours including the ongoing “Charlotte in Black & White and More” for Community Building Initiative, and lectures frequently on our city’s history. Find his writings at    

First 64U Books for Kids a Resounding Success - THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who supported 64U Books for Kids - and to TV-64 for choosing Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as a partner in this effort. For one month in late March and early April our customers, WSOC-TV/TV-64 viewers and our community united to support reading and literacy programs and services at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The generosity we have seen is inspiring, and will help your Library continue to improve lives and build a stronger community.