Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for Week 2 of Community Read

Week 2 Community Read--your voice matters at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

March 6, 2019

We’re into week 2 of Community Read 2019 and couldn’t be more excited with the number of people pledging to the program, along with all the events and programs that happened in the first week. We’re well on our way to reaching more than 100,000 people in our community.  And Week 2 promises more programs, more events and more strengthening of our community.

We have great news to share! Because of our outstanding sponsors, we have additional free books of The Hate U Give available – while supplies last.  Check with your local Library location on availability.

Open Books. Open Minds.

There’s still time to join in conversations and let your voice be heard.   Read the books, share your thoughts and create a stronger Charlotte. This year’s complete selection of companion titles with related themes are:

  • For adults and teens: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
  • For middle grades:  Wishtree by Katherine Applegate 
  • For young children:  Love by Matt de la Peña 

Be part of the community’s biggest book club. Pledge online and start participating. Remember: all three titles are available at Library locations in print and digital formats. Looking to read online? The Library expanded its digital license to permit simultaneous downloads of audiobooks and e-books during the month of March for The Hate U Give. This means you don’t have to wait to read the book!

Be a part of the conversation, events and programs taking place around The Hate U Give and its relevant themes during Week 2. Use your voice and help change the narrative of our community. Here is a list of just some of the events going on around Mecklenburg County:

Adults and teens: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Community Read: From Page to Screen: The Hate U Give
Monday, March 11, 2019 – 5 p.m. at Sugar Creek Library
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. This movie is rated PG - 13. Learn more 

Community Read: The Hate U Give Teen Music Club
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – 4 p.m. at West Boulevard Library
Are you interested in learning more about music creation? Join us for a special discussion on how music plays a role in The Hate U Give and create a playlist for Starr. Learn more

Culture & Kicks: The Intersection of Sneaker Culture and Social Justice 
Saturday, March 15, 2019 – 7 p.m. at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Join us for a conversation, exploring the ways sneaker culture and social justice intersect in The Hate U Give. The talk explores how Angie Thomas uses hip-hop culture in her text and film to address police brutality and how African Americans use sneaker culture as a means of expression and communication.   Learn more

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace Talk Back
Sunday, March 16, 2019 – 12 p.m. at Levine Museum of the New South
K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and in Charlotte. At the Levine Museum of the New South, participants will tour the K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace exhibit in a self-guided experience for 30 minutes, which will be followed by a 30-minute reflective conversation, a Talk Back, with a Levine Museum of the New South educator. Learn more

Community Read: Now Showing: The Hate U Give
Sunday, March 16, 2019 – 2 p.m. at Davidson Library
Whether you already love the book or want to watch the movie before reading it, join us for the film adaptation of The Hate U Give. See the story brought to life! This movie is rated PG-13. Learn more

Middle GradesWishtree by Katherine Applegate

Community Read: Drop-in Wishtree activity
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – All day at Morrison Regional
Come write a wish to put on our wish tree! We will collect all the wishes to create an art piece at the end of March. Learn more

Community Read: LEGO Program Wishtree Edition
Monday, March 11, 2019 – 5 p.m. Independence Regional, IB Community Room
This month at LEGO Club we will be celebrating nature and community as we talk about the book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. We will learn about trees and their importance in our community and build nature scenes with our Legos. Learn more

Community Read: Wishtree Nature Stations
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – 4:30 p.m. Scaleybark Library
Develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities. Join us as we explore our Community Read selection Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Participants will visit nature-themed stations where everyone can make and take their own nature journal, do leaf rubbings, contribute a wish of their own to the library's Wish tree and more! Registration is required. Learn more

Community Read: Wishtree School-Aged Nature Journal Program
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 1 p.m. at Sugar Creek, Community Room AB
Develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities. This month the theme will be our Community Read selection, WishtreeLearn more

Community Read Homeschool Book Club: Wishtree
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 2 p.m. at Steele Creek, Community Room 
This month we will be discussing Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate. For homeschool students ages 8 to 11. Learn more

Community Read: Wishtree
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. at West Boulevard, Community Room AB
School's out early today, so join us in decorating our wish tree with wishes. Let's celebrate one book, one week, one community! Learn more

Community Read: Wishtree Rookie Science: Forestry
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. at South County Regional, West Boulevard, Community Room 
Smokey the Bear and forester Jason will be here to talk to children about forestry, ecology and trees in NC. Program based on the book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. This program is part of our Community Read. Learn more

Community Read: Wishtree: Nature Journals and Trees
Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round
Develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities. This program will be about our Community Read selection, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. We will learn about the importance of trees in our community and make nature journals to take home. Participants can also receive a free hickory tree sapling from Trees Charlotte to take home and plant! Registration is not required, but space is limited to 30 participants. Learn more

Community Read- Children's Writing Group: Wishtree
Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. at Morrison Regional, Children's Programming Room
Collaborate with other kids as you share your writing, give and receive feedback, and support others through the writing process. Strengthen your writing skills through engaging in hands-on activities. We will focus on the Community Read selection, Wishtree, and learn about nature journal writing. Registration is required and begins February 20th. Learn more

ChildrenLove by Matt de la Peña 

Community Read: The Love Scavenger Hunt
Monday, March 11, 2019 – All day at Myers Park
Drop in and participate in our special literacy scavenger hunt activity inspired the children's picture book Love by Matt de la Peña. Complete this activity and receive a prize! Learn more

Community Read Family Storytime: Love
Monday, March 11, 2019 – 10 a.m. Davidson Library
Bring the family and join us as we read Love by Matt de la Peña. We will also have songs, rhymes, and movement activities featuring love in all its different forms. Learn more

Community Read Community Helper Storytime: Love
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. at Independence Library
Bring the family and join us as we read Love by Matt de la Peña and other stories with your favorite community helpers. Learn more