Community Read

Save the Date for Community Read: March 2019


Open books.
Open minds.

Each year, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library hosts a big, exciting, community-wide book club known as Community Read. This year's Community Read program will take place throughout 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. 

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Library-led programs and events 

Partner-led programs and events

COMMUNITY READ PARTNERs - submit events here  



Carolina Youth Coalition • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools • Community Building Initiative • Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. • Central Piedmont Community College • Fort Mill School District • Girl Talk Foundation • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture • International House • James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University • Levine Museum of the New South • Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance • Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office-Library Services • ourBRIDGE • Pass the Peace Feasts • PBS Charlotte • The Possibility Project-Charlotte • Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice • Swanky Pen • Teen Health Connection • Time Out Youth • Trinity Episcopal School • Union County Public Schools • UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre • WBAV-FM • YMCA of Greater Charlotte

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 gang member. 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.

Download the ebook or audiobook now!


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!

Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, will visit on March 19. This event will be at the Dale F. Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College.

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. To join the waiting list, call the CPCC Box Office at 704-330-6534 and ask to be added. 



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





On the Blog

Five Ways to Enjoy Community Read in March

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for Community Read this March and be part of a big, exciting, community-wide book club. We’ve selected books for every age group, and there are plenty of ways to participate.

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.