Community Read

Save the date for Community Read: March 2019

Each year, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library hosts a big, exciting, community-wide book club known as Community Read. The next Community Read program will take place March 2019. 

The Library chooses titles for adults, teens, preteens and children, and invites everyone in the community to engage in Community Read by reading the book, talking about it, attending library programs, engaging with the Library on social media and celebrating a love of reading.


Selected Titles


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree” – people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend, Bongo, and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.





Love by Matt de la Peña
In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond.

With a lyrical text that is soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

Author Visits

Read the books, then meet the authors!

Save the date for these two amazing author events happening during Community Read in March 2019. Stay tuned for more details and ticket information.

Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, will visit ImaginOn on March 19.

Matt de la Peña, author of Love, will visit ImaginOn on March 28.


On the Blog

Read the book. See the show.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
This year's Community Read provides an awesome opportunities for families to read a book together, and then experience the story as it comes to life on stage.

It's good to have things in common

Friday, October 20, 2017
We all like spending time with other people who share our interests. Having things in common gives us a starting point for conversations and building relationships.

5 ways to enjoy Community Read in October

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Be part of a big, exciting, community-wide book club, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s  annual Community Read. We’ve selected books for every age group, and there are plenty of fun ways to participate.