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March 14, 2017

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Spring Forward with Your Library Card

Spring Forward Top Image

By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Though spring isn’t yet officially here, the signs of its imminent arrival are all around us in the colorful form of yellow daffodil blooms and pink flowering trees. Springtime can be a great time for growth and new beginnings. The sun is out, the birds are singing and it’s time to launch exciting things!
Here are a few ways to spring forward, and how your Library can help.

1. Take it from us – these books helped.

Certain books find their way into our lives and make a lasting impact. This is as true for people who work in libraries as it is for anyone else, so we asked Charlotte Mecklenburg Library staff to share a personal story of a book that helped them in some way. The stories we received were touching, funny and inspirational. Maybe they will inspire you too! Read More →

February 14, 2017

From our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Love your Library

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By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. It doesn’t have to be just about chocolate and greeting cards, why not spread love and kindness in our community while we’re at it? Charlotte Mecklenburg Library appreciates the love you show the Library every day of the year, as users, advocates, volunteers and supporters. We want to use this opportunity as a way to let you know we love you back!

During the month of February, we invite you to share the love in many different ways with special events, storytimes and community service projects. Or just visit us to check out a book – it always warms our hearts to see you.


Let Off Some S.T.E.A.M.
Cornelius Library
February 18 at 2 p.m.

Let off some S.T.E.A.M. with some post-Valentine’s Day magnetic experiments, including magnetic mazes and slime. Then, put your math skills to the test with geoboard and tangram fun. To register for this K-5 program, call 704-416-3800. Read More →

January 27, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Two tickets for the Joined in Education’s ‘How to Raise An Adult’ keynote address and parent workshop


****This giveaway has ended. We have a winner****

Joined in Education, a local group dedicated to advancing early childhood and elementary education in Charlotte, is hosting a two-day educational symposium for parents and childcare professionals on February 8 and 9, and we’ve got tickets to give away! This is a goodie, Smarties. We are SO lucky to have JIE in our city – they’re goHow to Raise an Adulting great things. Keep reading!

The event will include a keynote address on Wednesday night by Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford University Dean of Freshman and author of New York Times best-seller How to Raise An Adult. (If you haven’t read this awesome book, stop what you’re doing. Head to the library, bookstore, or your computer and pick up/order a copy for yourself. It focuses on growing successful and independent children, which, in today’s sometimes over-scheduled and over-parented world, is a good reminder for us all.)

Erin Walsh will anchor Thursday’s parent workshops. She’ll examine the impact of stress on the brain and share practical strategies for raising resilient children. Topics will include: Executive function and success in school and life, finding the “resilience sweet spot,” how to handle perfectionism in children, the power of growth mindset, and setting appropriate limits Read More →

January 17, 2017

From our friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: You’re going to rock 2017

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By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Gyms are packed, kale is flying off the shelves – New Year’s resolution season is in full bloom. Now is the perfect time of year to turn to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to get inspiration. You’ve been doing a great job of checking in with us already. Keep it up in 2017 by visiting us online or in person anytime you need a boost.

Here are ten ways to rock the coming year, and how your Library can help.

1. Start building a great 2017 reading list.

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And if you need recommendations, come to us. (We’re really good at it.) Speaking of reading, here are the titles that were most borrowed by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library readers in 2016. If you missed them last year, you might want to add these books to your 2017 reading list.

2. Figure out how that new device works.

If you got a tablet or e-reader over the holiday and want to know how to load it up with free e-books from the Library, we can help. Find a class or tutoring session at your nearest branch. Read More →

December 15, 2016

Presenting the Smarty Favorite Things Giveaway Winners!


The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. We have winners, and lots of them!! If you see your name by one of the prizes below, please email us by noon on Sun, December 18th.

Merry, Merry!!

First up is FASHION!


Gretchen Scott Suede Swing Top

Gretchen Scott has supported every fashion giveaway we’ve done and each season, we love her pieces more and more! Every time I wear a Gretchen Scott piece, I smile. And that is absolutely part of her mantra:


Finding inspiration from her travels across the world, Gretchen’s’ designs reflect a global perspective:

“India is a big part of what I design. The Indian sense of color, proportion and incredible embroidery is amazing. Gretchen travels there often. Indian simplicity informs even the most complicated design elements. Hand printed, festive fabrics and vibrant inks define Gretchen Scott Designs’ look. Our colors are true and often times intense.”

This year, we’re crushing on suede and ruffles, so Rachel & Meredith get to win not one but TWO perfect party outfits:

A Suede Swing Top paired with Gripeless Pull-on Pants, a $238 value:

Gretchen Scott Suede Swing Top

Gretchen Scott Gripeless Pull-On Pants Read More →

December 13, 2016

From our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Volunteer Opportunities for the Whole Family!

By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The holiday season is a time of giving, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers many opportunities for volunteers to give back…even if you want to make volunteering one of your New Year’s resolutions!

Did you know that in the last year, more than 1,300 volunteers donated 59,000 hours of their time to support the Library – valued at more than $1.3 million in donated services? If you are one of those dedicated volunteers who helps the Library create a more educated community, then thank you! If you aren’t, then we hope you will consider joining us!

Become a VolunTeen

The Library’s VolunTeen initiative is a great way for teens ages 13-17 to earn community service hours! Now that the program is offered year-round, VolunTeens can earn these hours three times a year at any of our locations across Mecklenburg County. Read More →

December 8, 2016

Smarty Hostess Gift Ideas & a FAB Giveaway too!

{Thankful, Lovely, Creative}

It’s not about the gift, it’s the whole presentation. Gifting should be joyful and filled with attention to detail. There is no substitute for a thoughtful present. A common item can become extraordinary with simple additions such as gorgeous ribbon or fresh greens.

When presenting a Hostess gift, be mindful. She has taken great time to invite you to her home. Treat her time with respect and offer something with a lasting impression.

Here are our favorite, local, beautiful, creative items – some are giveaways and some are just must-haves! And, make sure you grab a few extras to keep on hand, just in case you get invited to a few extra parties that you didn’t have on your calendar!

Merry, merry to all of the amazing hostesses in the QC!
Love, CSP and all of our fabulous friends Read More →

November 15, 2016

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: 5 ways to celebrate picture book month


By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

“By reading picture books with children, we share other worlds, and even more importantly, we share ourselves.” – Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama series

Picture Book Month is an international initiative to encourage everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books during the month of November.

Use your imagination
These wordless picture books and graphic novels offer the youngest readers a chance to use their imaginations to help tell the story.

Practice your Spanish
Introduce your young learner to a new language, or help your child practice their Spanish speaking skills with these bilingual picture books.

Enjoy a good laugh
What could be more enjoyable than laughing along with a child while sharing a book? Check out these funny picture books to share with your whole family.

Get crafty
Create your own picture book! Have each family member create a character and write a short story together. Cut paper into even sized squares and have each person draw one picture to go along with a part of the story. Use staples or a hole punch and some string to bind the book together.

Visit the Library
Take your children to your favorite local branch to find new picture books to enjoy. Enjoy a Book Start Art program at South County, Picture Book Bingo at Cornelius, or a storytime offered at many library locations.


November 2, 2016

Don’t Miss EpicFest Teen Night – An epic event for students in grades 9-12

By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

New this year, EpicFest introduces a teen-only event on Friday, November 4 from 7-10 p.m., for students in grades 9-12.

This special evening will feature two EpicFest young adult authors as featured guests: Adam Silvera, New York Times best-selling author of More Happy Than Not and fantasy writer Jessica Khoury, author of the Corpus Trilogy and The Forbidden Wish.

The authors will speak at 8 p.m. and be available to sign their books. Each teen will receive a copy of their latest release. Read More →

October 18, 2016

From our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Epic Fest


By Smarty Guest Blogger Melanie Baron, communications and marketing specialist for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

My kid loves to read. But until recently, I think she believed that books just hatched.

Until she wrote to her favorite author…and the author wrote back! My daughter wrote again, and received another handwritten reply. And another…and now she thinks they’re pen pals.

Bringing together kids and authors is a magical thing, and it’s what the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s EpicFest is all about. Read More →

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