By Kimberly Paulk, SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
One of my favorite childhood memories is of visiting the library with my grandmother. She often watched my sister and I while my mom was at work, and we would spend hours exploring the aisles, or curled up in a chair reading a new discovery. When we were old enough to figure out the Dewey Decimal System, the card files (yes – paper cards in long, narrow wooden drawers) became our passport to exploring the world of books outside the children’s section. When it was time to checkout, we’d stagger up to the counter carrying stacks of books half our height. Everything about each visit was just a little magical for me.
When we moved to Charlotte, the first thing I did – even before getting a new drivers’ license – was to get a library card so my son could have some of those same experiences. Now the library has so much more to offer in programming for kids and teens. Beyond that, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers nearly 743 unique programs, and is the largest provider of free internet and computer access in Mecklenburg County.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation is the best way to plug in to support or volunteer with the library. Volunteers shelve books, help students with homework, help with events and even take books to homebound individuals. Interested in getting involved? Check out the opportunities below, and remember you can always get more information at SHARE Charlotte .
Saturday Circulation Helper, Mountain Island – Use your Dewey Decimal System skills! Shelve books, pull holds and assist with maintaining displays. Great for ages 14 and up (two years of high school preferred).
Spanish Tutor, Sugar Creek – work with the Connections that Count, a storytelling program.
Technology Tutor, Matthews – Help with classes for adult/senior patrons. Must be at least 18 years old.