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What's Mark West Reading?

Mark I. West, PhD is a professor and scholar in Children's Literature and Chair of the Department of English at UNC-Charlotte. He believes children's literature is defined by its audience - and the Library keeps him in touch with young readers. Since his arrival in Charlotte in 1984, Mark has brought stories, insight, scholarship - and puppetry! - to Library programs and events, and he is a key member of  the EpicFest literary festival planning committee. Last month Mark was awarded the University's Bonnie E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement Award.

Bigger, Better, Together

When The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was chosen as the featured title for Community Read 2019, Outreach Channel Leader and project manager Meryle Leonard saw an opportunity. “The themes in this book are so relevant and timely, we knew we’d need partners with different experiences and expertise. It was a natural opportunity to position the Library system as a convener and a platform for programs and dialogue that may be facilitated by others,” Meryle explains.

What's Sky Dudley Reading?

What does a poet read? Sky is one of 20 local poets inspiring customers at Main Library with his words during National Poetry Month. He shared the books that inspire him.  Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. The entire series. It was the first series that completely wrapped me in and absorbed me. The first and only book I’ve waited in line for. Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. It’s a book about a gorilla learning philosophy. It’s a deep and inspiring book that can change the way you think.

Community Read Reaches Beyond Books

Community Read 2019 is over – but the conversations and relationships it sparked continue. And that was the point. Throughout March, our community came together around books. This year’s featured titles, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, and Love by Matt de la Peña provided readers of all ages opportunities to discuss important themes of compassion, perspective and understanding.

The Next Draught

Bruce Moffett has been busy for years, but this month he’s especially busy. The chef and owner of Moffett Restaurant Group is the force behind some of Charlotte’s favorite restaurants – including Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford and Stagioni. This week he opens N.C. Red, and he’s just launched a cookbook, Bruce Moffett Cooks: A New England Chef in a New South Kitchen.