January 15, 2021

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What We Can Do

Hello ,

We're only fifteen days in, and 2021 already feels heavy. With so much colliding at once it’s overwhelming to keep up, let alone process it all.

Library CEO Lee Keesler sent an email this week to staff, reflecting on the state of the world. The words at the top of this page inspired him to focus on what we can do as a Library system. Some of those efforts - like a living history documentary project - are featured in the articles below, and wouldn't be possible without the partnership and support of individuals, organizations and corporations throughout this community. 

Lee noted that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has four critical assets that make us uniquely equipped to help repair some of the dysfunction we’re all seeing:

  • Truth, actively shared and defended
  • Trust, earned over 120 years
  • Kindness, and respect in every interaction
  • Justice, and a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

I’ve never been more proud to be a part of this organization and to work with colleagues and kind, generous donors who always believe things can get better and who make the seemingly impossible become possible.

Thank you,


Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

P.S. Even while we're staying apart, your Library continues to offer a full calendar of virtual programs - and it's not all for kids! Subscribe to the Adult Services monthly newsletter to stay informed about everything from book clubs to learning circles. 



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Library Adjusts Services

In compliance with this week's Mecklenburg County public health directive, the Library will temporarily reduce in-person operations.

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Living History Project will Gather Community Stories

With a generous grant from The Duke Endowment, your Library is partnering with The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Levine Museum and Johnson C. Smith University to document the local impact of Covid-19.

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What's Alessandro Morante Reading?

The Foundation board member reads to understand the world, Charlotte, and to escape it all. 

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Dates and Events 

Final Draught: At Home with Lisa Leake
Tuesday January 26, 2021

Kick off a healthy new year! Join a virtual conversation with Lisa Leake, New York Times best-selling author of the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook series. Cristina Wilson will moderate.

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Community Read
Throughout March, 2021, author appearance March 24

Join your Library and community partners for a series of book-inspired programs around the themes of racism and social justice.This year's signature title is I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal. 

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Technology skills have never been more important. Your Library's Digital Literacy program has gone online, making technology training programs for all experience levels accessible from anywhere. 

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