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job help center at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

More Than Books - Library Provides Pathway to Economic Opportunity

Nine years ago, after battling alcohol addiction, Michael found himself jobless and homeless. After months in a homeless shelter, Michael made a decision to pursue sobriety. Once he was sober, he knew he was employable and wanted to find a job. Uncertain of where to turn, Michael asked a few of his acquaintances from the homeless shelter where they go to look for jobs—that’s when he learned about the Job Help Center at the Main Library. 
get ready with words at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Get Ready With Words Prepares Thousands of Children for School

Children from low-income families will hear 30 million fewer words than children from families with higher income, according to a study, The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3, by University of Kansas researchers. The researchers also found that a child’s vocabulary at age three may predict his or her vocabulary and reading comprehension in third grade.  Why is third grade so important for vocabulary and reading comprehension? 

Bissell Donates Transformative Gift to South County Regional Library

Charlotte, NC – Dec. 1 – In the spirit of the season, Bissell has made a significant contribution of more than $36,000 to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. With the gift, the South County Regional Library, near Ballantyne Corporate Park, will transform its underutilized patio into an interactive learning space and community garden for local residents to enjoy.