June 24, 2021
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Hello ,

As we prepare to close out this fiscal year, I’ve been thinking about summers past, and how this year is different.

Summer is traditionally a season to slow down – it’s a break from school, a more subtle change of pace at work. A time to take a breath, reconnect and enjoy the longer days, good weather and activities that feed our souls.

In some ways, the pandemic was a collective break that made us all reconsider how we spend our time. A colleague recently compared it to a “fallow year,” when farmers let the soil rest and replenish to become fertile again.

Now, we face an exciting summer of possibility. We’re all emerging from the fallow year to dual realities. We’re working both virtually and in-person and discovering the benefits to our community of making Library programs and services available in both formats.

I think balance is the key as we create a new normal. And through it all I hope we all also remember to take a moment, put our feet in the water and feed our souls.

Thank you, as always, for your support. We can't wait to see you this summer.


Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

P.S. It’s not too late to make a gift in this fiscal year by June 30!


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Gift of Books to Celebrate Pride Month

A donation of LGBTQ children's books from Stonewall Sports Charlotte and Rosedale Health + Wellness will augment the Library's collection and help more young readers see the diversity of our community reflected in the books they read. 

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Equity Impact Circles Focus on Understanding

In partnership with Community Building Initiative and with support from your Library Foundation, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is facilitating dialogue across differences. 

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What's Charles Thomas Reading?

This Library trustee, lifelong reader, Knight Foundation program director and tireless advocate for Charlotte shares his list.

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Celebrating Libraries with Karin Slaughter and Jackie Cooper
July 27, 2021, 7 p.m.

Our friends at HarperCollins Publishers are celebrating libraries with this free, virtual event - and they've invited our readers to join.

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Summer Break
through August 14, 2021

It's not too late to join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s summer learning challenge. Summer Break combines 30 minutes of reading per day with a variety of other learning activities - participate by reading, writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving.

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Verse & Vino
November 4, 2021

Planning is already underway for the literary event of the year! To become a sponsor of this year's signature fundraising event, contact Teleia White at twhite@cmlibrary.org.

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