Read To Me, Charlotte!


Born Reader Program

In the Born Reader Program, nurses in the maternity departments at area hospitals distribute the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in English and Spanish to their patients. Then they encourage the parents and caregivers to read to their newborn babies. Inside the book is a brochure with library information, tips on reading to newborns and an application for a Born Reader library card. To find out more about this program and other family literacy programs at the Library, contact Library Outreach or call 704-416-0552. We thank our partners at Carolinas HealthCare System and Presbyterian Hospital for their participation in this program.

Would you like a Born Reader card for your child? Born Reader library cards are available for children 0-5 years old. To learn more about how to apply, visit our frequently asked questions.

Community Bookshelves Program

Read to Me, Charlotte! maintains community bookshelves around Mecklenburg County. These shelves provide free books for families who are visiting various agencies.

Listed below are the agencies that have community bookshelves:

  • Department of Social Services - Tot Lot and Waiting Room
    301 Billingsley Rd.
    Charlotte, NC  28211
  • Soap Suds Coin Laundry
    8314 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
    Charlotte, NC  28226
  • Stratford-Richardson YMCA 
    1946 West Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC  28208
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital - Speech Therapy Outpatient Waiting Room
    1100 Blythe Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC  28203
  • Women, Infants, and Children
    2845 Beatties Ford Rd.
    Charlotte, NC  28216
  • CMC Pineville Emergency Room Waiting Area
    10628 Park Rd.
    Charlotte, NC  28210
  • Solomon House 
    200 S. Main St.
    Huntersville, NC  28078

Children's Events

Community Learning Time

Friday, September 21 9:30 AM
Morrison Regional

Children learn about language and literacy through play. Manipulatives and toys will be available for families of children from birth to age 5 to play together. Books will be preselected and available for check out. Please drop in for this self-directed play day.

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Listen & Music: Musikgarten

Friday, September 21 9:30 AM

Children and parents will participate in stories, songs and activities that build both gross and fine motor skills, which children need to develop in order to read and write. This month we have a special presenter, Michelle from Musikgarten. For ages 3-6. Registration is required.

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Family Storytime

Friday, September 21 10:15 AM

Bring your family out to enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate. For ages 0-5.

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