May highlights


April showers bring May flowers… so what does May bring?

At your library, May brings a flurry of activity, as we prepare our gardens, plan for the end of the school year, and participate in a wealth of celebrations—including Older Americans Month, Comic Book Day, Small Business Week and Mother's Day. We're also introducing some fun new ways to learn and explore. 

Check out the highlights for May, here.

Age Out Loud

Age Out Loud!

May is Older Americans Month, and we invite you to "Age Out Loud" with activities and resources to help you strive for wellness, plan for the future, stay engaged and explore new things. If you're an older adult, are caring for one, or are hoping to be one someday, take a peek at what you can find at your Library. Learn more.

Surviving the end of the school year

5 tips for surviving the end of the school year

Another school year is drawing to an end and summer break will be here before you know it. The next few weeks will be filled with final exams, end of the year projects, field trips and preparation for summer camps and vacations. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is here to help your family survive and thrive! Learn more.


How does your garden grow?

If you're dreaming of a healthy, organic garden full of delicious bounty, join us for a free gardening workshop series with Jeff Rieves—teacher, organic gardener, retired agricultural extension agent, and garden & landscape designer. He will present three gardening programs at South County Regional Library in May. Sign up to reserve your spot.

Mother's Day

Celebrate Mom with these programs for children on May 13. Registration is required. 

Consider honoring mom with a Mother's Day gift to the Library Foundation. Your gift not only shows mom how much you care, but provides free access to the Library for all. Find out more!

Culture Blocks

Enjoy free cultural experiences in local libraries and community centers, brought to you by the Arts & Science Council. Musical performances, art, robotics, dance and much more. Find events held at libraries here, or see the schedule of all upcoming Culture Blocks events here.

May 6: Free Comic Book Day

On Free Comic Book Day, hundreds of free, used and new comics will be given away at four library locations: Beatties Ford Road, Scaleybark, ImaginOn and South County. Click here for times and special activities.

Celebrating 60 years!

Beatties Ford Road Regional Library will be celebrating 60 years of service to the community with a free, public celebration this Saturday, May 6. The current location that we know and love replaced the historical North Branch that served the neighborhood since 1957. Enjoy food, live music, fun programs for all ages, and the 4th Annual Free Comic Book Day (see above)! Don't miss it. Learn more.

During National Small Business Week, we're honoring the innovators who take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities and create jobs. 

Small businesses make our neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work and fuel our nation’s economic strength. If you have a small business, check out your local library for reference services and resources to help your small business succeed. Learn more.

Introducing Learning Circles: We Learn Better Together!

Learning Circles are organized groups of people taking a free online class together, in person, at the library. They're a great choice for people who have never taken an online class before—65% of Learning Circle members are new to online learning. Staff facilitators are there to acclimate you to the process and help you decide if a Learning Circle is the right environment for you! Learn more.

Finding your next great read is now easier than ever.

Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers NoveList Plus, a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them. Get started.



Live summer to the fullest.

Enjoy Summer Break with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, June 1 - August 13, 2017. Fill your summer with adventure and track your activities online for a chance to win prizes. We'll send you an email reminder with more details when registration begins. Learn more.

Made possible by the generous support of PwC Charitable FoundationWendy's and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation