Get to know the South Boulevard Library community

Get to know the South Boulevard Library community

March 4, 2022

The South Boulevard Library is located on South Boulevard, just 0.60 miles from the Lynx Blue Line Scaleybark Station. Originally opened in 1985 as the Scaleybark Library, this location is a 18,850-square foot building and a convenient location for the many customers in this growing area along South Boulevard. The new branch includes new, reimagined spaces for both children and teens, public computers, children’s computers, a large community room, a programming room, a quiet reading room, a calming room, five group study rooms, a computer lab and a laptop bar for customers who want to bring their own devices, many collaborative spaces and a vending café. The South Boulevard Library has one of the largest Spanish and bilingual (Spanish/English) collections to serve its large Spanish-speaking community, and growing Arabic and French Children’s collections.

Around South Boulevard, you’ll find different institutions working together to connect and build their diverse community. The groups mentioned below come from distinct roots, but it’s important to note that many of them work together frequently to create steadfast systems of support. 

Harris YMCAThrough the Harris YMCA South Boulevard Initiative, the Harris YMCA has established a partnership with the South Boulevard Forest Hill Church to provide support through multifaceted means. Most of the work done through this initiative is in Spanish and is free of charge aiming to assist many of the immigrant and less affluent populations in the South Boulevard corridor. Monthly workshops are presented by experts in the field of parenting, mental health, immigration, and other vital topics to assist with information and acculturation. Multiple levels of Spanish and English classes are offered at a cost, though free conversation classes are available to registered and non-registered participants. Registration for English as a Second Language is open the first week of January, third week of March, and first week of September. While registration is required for most of their programs, participants do not need to be members of the YMCA or the church.

The Learning Help Centers of Charlotte (LHCC) is a non-profit organization that works to empower vulnerable communities by providing educational, spiritual, and social support. Together with partnerships and volunteers, they provide cultural assimilation where the community learns and celebrates Día de lo Muertos, Las Posadas, Veteran’s Day, and Easter among other holidays around the world. About 90% of LHCC’s attendees are from various Latin-American cultures. The remaining 10% of participants are of other ethnicities, creating a diverse organization. LHCC mobilizes their efforts through advocacy, community integration and collective learning. Some of the enrichment programs they provide include field trips, weekly tutoring sessions, summer camps and parent mentorship programs.

The South End Spanish Club is a conversation group that meets just up the street from the Library and occasionally throughout different South Charlotte areas. The group is made up of both native speakers and novice Spanish language learners. Meetings are usually organized in informal atmospheres, such as breweries, which allows for both an engaging and permissive learning environment. Its focus is to provide a welcoming space where people from all walks of life can connect through language, culture and experiences. Immersive learning activities (like sports, board games and artistic projects) are planned on a rotating calendar. Their schedule can be found on the South End Spanish Club Meetup or Facebook page.

Collinswood Language Academy | Turner Construction CompanyCollinswood Language Academy is a K-8th dual language school that follows the International Spanish Academy program (ISA) curriculum. ISA recognizes high performing schools in the United States and supports them to deliver a Spanish-English dual language immersion curriculum. Collinswood is a magnet school and its mission is to “cultivate a passion for learning and inspire students to achieve academic excellence, develop bilingual-biliterate mastery and embrace socio-cultural competence.” In many aspects, the school prepares students to be global citizens. Students are supported by multilingual staff who assist students as teachers, psychologist, counselors and administrators. Through their monthly bulletin, yearly International Parade, and other cultural events, Collinswood embraces, educates and values the inclusion of various cultures around the world. To attend this school, upcoming kindergarteners must enter the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Student Placement Lottery called CMS School Choice. Students coming into other grades must take an admission test also provided by CMS Student Placement.

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) seeks to increase the visibility and success of Latin American Businesses. Various outlets are established within and outside the organization to assist the individual owner and overall business organization. Events are hosted throughout the year to provide educational and networking opportunities, frequently hosting Latinos and Non-Latino presenters from all over the world. One of the programs the organization runs is the LACCC Education Program which offers a place to explore entrepreneurial interests and build leadership development for entrepreneurs, professionals and youth.

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This blog post was written by Ana Robles, library assistant for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.