February 5, 2021

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Looking Ahead

Hello ,

The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter but here in Charlotte daffodils are blooming, spring is coming, and there’s a lot to look forward to.

Last week we hosted the first of 2021’s Final Draught at Home series. Author Lisa Leake talked about 100 Days of Real Food, health and wellness, and left us inspired to eat better. Until it’s safe to gather in person, we’ll continue to bring the authors to you virtually - please join us February 23 for a Final Draught conversation with Theresa Payton about cybersecurity.

At your Library, we’re all excited about Community Read. This March, we invite everyone in the community to “get on the same page” and participate in programs and discussions for all ages around issues of social justice inspired by Community Read titles. Pledge to participate here.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about building community in the coming weeks, as we launch a campaign meant to do just that, one neighbor at a time.

All of this is possible because of you – your generosity, partnership and commitment to our shared future.

Thank you,


Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director



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An Investment in Opportunity

With generous support from Vanguard, a new Job Help Center will open at West Boulevard Library this summer.

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Seeing Themselves

Helen Hope Kimbrough reflects on presidential inaugurations that reflect America's diversity, and what it means to celebrate with her children.

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Books from our Board

Library Foundation board members kicked off the first meeting of 2021 by sharing a few titles we each plan to read this year.

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Dates and Events 

Community Conversations: Mental Health Awareness
Thursday February 11, 2021

Join your Library and Local Voices Network for a virtual conversation about mental health challenges, struggles, stigma and treatment. This event is free, but registration is required.

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Final Draught: At Home with Theresa Payton
Tuesday February 23, 2021

Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton will share insights from her experience as White House Chief Information Officer under George W. Bush and her book Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth. Barb Ellis 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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