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"If you change the world around you, you will find yourself changing the world."
- Angie Thomas to Community Read 2019 audience

We are in the middle of  Community Read 2019, and this week featured author Angie Thomas spoke to a sellout crowd about her powerful, best-selling novel The Hate U Give. The novel is about many things, but at its core it’s about finding your voice.

She talked about finding – and using – her own voice through writing, and about finding empathy and greater understanding through books. Thomas challenged the audience to ask “Do I know what it’s like to be someone who isn’t like me?” and further challenged us to go find out.

That’s what libraries have the power to do – to be a platform for learning about one another, about issues important to our shared community, and about the world. Libraries bring us together around books, ideas, curiosity, and around the common goal of building a stronger community together. 

But first, we have to listen to other voices. 

Thank you for supporting your Library and sharing your voice,

Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

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We asked Justin Perry to reflect on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, our city, and building a stronger community.

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Marie Benedict reveals the untold stories of women in her novels, and she shared her own story of libraries, history and her passion for both with Carnegie Circle members.

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Library CEO Lee Keesler shares his thoughts about the intersection of libraries with the local media landscape.

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Our partners in the 9 Books For Kids book drive shared their favorite titles.

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March, 2019
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9 Books for Kids
Annual kids' book drive in partnership with WSOC-TV, 
Through April 12, 2019

Community Read

An Evening with Matt de la Peña
The featured Community Read children's author will talk about his book, Love, at ImaginOn.
March 28, 2019
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Final Draught
Quarterly discussion series features chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Bruce Moffett.
April 23, 2019
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