The Common Spark - Igniting change within the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system
January | 2020
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Reasons Why

Hello ,

As we kick off a new year, I'm inspired by the diversity of stories I hear about Library connections. There truly is something for everyone at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and those relationships change throughout our lives. We hear often from authors, donors, friends and colleagues about how a childhood library or librarian helped them grow into readers, writers, and confident adults. We hear stories of people who return throughout their lives - as students, parents, professionals and retirees, and at each point they discover a new relationship. Your Library is here for you, in whatever way you need it, at every stage of life.

Below, a longtime supporter shares the Library experience that inspired him to increase his gift. We'd love to know what inspires you - tell us your story here

This month, your Library is collecting Library love stories of all kinds to be shared in February on the Library's website and social media channels. We'd love to include yours.

As always, thank you for your friendship and for staying connected.



Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director


Something for Everyone

A longtime Library supporter, but infrequent user, increased his gift when the Library helped him locate a rare book - and rediscover why everyone needs a library.  
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Volunteer with the Foundation! 

We're looking for a detail-oriented, long-term volunteer to perform weekly data entry in our Main Library office. Perfect for a retiree or former fundraiser. Can you help? 
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What's Joe Helweg Listening To? 

The Library trustee and self-described "musical omnivore" shares his playlist.
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South Boulevard Library Grand Opening Celebration: February 15, 2020, 10 a.m.

Three times the size means reimagined areas for kids and teens, more public computers, study rooms, a laptop bar, collaborative spaces, dedicated program rooms, plenty of parking and even a vending cafe. 
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Carnegie Circle Dinner: March 30, 2020 

Featuring New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean. How to receive an invitation? Join the Carnegie Circle with an annual gift of $1,000 or more. 
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