Outreach Services

Outreach is for everyone!

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s services extend beyond our physical locations. We are committed to providing all community members access to our staff, resources and services. Our goal is to provide services to some of the highest need and under-served populations in our community. Whether a person is homebound, in senior housing, within correctional facilities, living with disabilities, living in transition or new Americans, Outreach Services brings the Library experience and resources to the community.
 

OUTREACH EVENT REQUEST FORM

Senior Outreach Services

Contact: Meryle A. Leonard
Phone: 704-416-0558
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Senior Outreach Services visits adult day cares, senior citizen nutrition programs, nursing homes, independent senior housing communities and jails to deliver literacy, workforce development and lifelong learning activities. Offerings include: memory kits that can be loaned to senior center activity directors and engaging workshops for center director and participants on Library services and resources.

Bi-Folkal Kits

Contact: Jasmine McNeil
Phone: 704-416-0554
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Bi-Folkal Kits provide activity ideas and materials that allow older adults to reminisce and create connections with others. These kits, which can be checked out for three weeks at a time, focus on several different themes and can be adapted to inter-generational settings, religious groups, scouts or schools. Learn more.

Homebound Services/Library by Mail

Contact: Nathan Cook
Phone: 704-416-0104
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Library by Mail is a book delivery service offered to residents of Mecklenburg County. Residents can receive books, audiobooks on CD, music on CD and DVDs through the mail. The service is free to homebound patrons who cannot get to a library because of health, mobility, advanced age, permanent or temporary incapacity. Learn more.

Read to Me, Charlotte!

Contact: Jimmeka Anderson
Phone: 704-416-0561
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Read to Me, Charlotte! is a community-wide initiative coordinated by the Library to encourage families with children ages 0-5 to read together. This initiative includes community awareness, book distribution and opportunities for families to strengthen their literacy skills together. Our Born Reader Program and Community Bookshelf project are a part of the Read to Me, Charlotte! initiative.  Learn more.

Storytimes to Go!

Contact: Pamela McCarter
Phone: 704-416-4662
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Storytimes To Go! kits are designed to encourage pre-literacy development. Each kit includes ten picture books and may contain other materials such as flannel board activities, puppets, manipulatives or music recordings to enhance the theme. All residents with a Library card are eligible to borrow kits and may have the kits sent to the Library location of their choice.

Latino Outreach Services

Contact: Irania Patterson
Phone: 704-416-0557
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The Library offers specialized programs for Spanish speaking adults. These programs include activities at the Shamrock International Senior Center, Spanish Language classes, ESL, the annual celebration of "Con A de Arte" and book club meetings at a local jail.

Programa para los adultos en español CMLibrary ofrece programas especializados para adultos en español. Estos programs incluyen;actividades con los señores de la tecera edad en el Shamrock International senior Center, clases de espanol, ESL, la celebración anual del festival "Con A de Arte" y club de lectores en la cárcel local.

Connections that Count/Conexiones que Cuentan

Contact: Veronica Corral
Phone: 704-416-0557
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Locations/Ubicacións: Independence Regional, Cornelius, Scaleybark, Sugar Creek and Steele Creek

To address school readiness of Spanish speaking children, the Library has implemented Connections that Count. Our mission is to prepare children ages 0-5 to enter school. We provide literacy training for families, encouraging the formation of “neighborhood teachers” for the children of their communities. The programs are conducted in Spanish, but all are welcome to attend. Connections that Count is free of charge. There is no prior registration required for participation.

Si usted tiene niños menores de 5 años, no puede perderse un programa gratuito de cuentos para niños y pláticas en el área de paternidad. Entrenamos a los padres a que se conviertan en los mejores maestros de sus niños y ayudamos a sus hijos a que desarrollen el amor por la lectura desde temprana edad. Desarrollamos habilidades de aprendizaje y habilidades artísticas en los niños a través de la narración de cuentos, drama, juegos, literatura y música infantil.

Día

Contact: Meryle A. Leonard
Phone: 704-416-0558
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Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros is a very successful event that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has celebrated since 1998. The Library has promoted Día state-wide with Pat Mora, author and founder of the national event. This celebration has experienced great growth and expansion. It began as a storytelling celebration, and today, it is an impactful community cultural celebration. This is a wonderful, low cost way for children and families to celebrate.

Services to Correctional Facilities

Contact: Pamela McCarter
Phone: 704-416-4662
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Outreach Services meets the Library needs of residents of correctional facilities in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, in collaboration with Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department.

 

Outreach Resources

North Carolina Library for the Blind

A special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed materials due to a visual or physical disability.

North Carolina Senior Nutrition Sites

The congregate meal program provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors at 16 dining sites throughout Mecklenburg County that are open five days a week.

Resources for New Americans

Field Offices also provide limited information and customer services that supplement those we provide through our website and by phone.

Resources for Veterans

Forms, frequently asked questions, benefit information and contacts.

Contact Outreach Services

Phone: 704-416-0558
Meryle Leonard, Outreach Services Manager

Email Outreach Services

Hours of Operation

Monday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Outreach Stories

Age out loud at the Library

Thursday, December 28, 2017
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals and dreams can get a new or second start.