Library offers something for everyone

Mint Hill library manager, Mark Engelbrecht, called the library’s webpage their “best kept secret.”  The website offers information about the library’s catalog, services, classes, and events.  Classes and events provide residents of all ages with story times, arts and crafts, computer assistance, and educational support.

“We don’t want it to be a secret,” said Engelbrecht.  “We want self sufficiency for people who want to look things up themselves.”

To find a class or event, visit www.cmlibrary.org.  Click on Classes/Events from the series of tabs across the top of the homepage.  There are a number of ways to find an event.  The calendar allows for a search on a specific date, and searches can be made by event type, location, and age range.

Upcoming technology classes include Internet Basics, PowerPoint Basics, and Excel Basics.  Classes are open to any residents, but homeschooled children and adults reentering the workforce often attend these.  Since the economic downturn, many adults are turning to the library for support.

“A lot of what we help people with on a day-to-day basis is job search related,” said Engelbrect.

An upcoming class designed specifically for teens is Intro to Stop-Motion Photography.  Teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to register to create their own stop-motion animation using ReadyANIMATOR equipement.  The class is September 19 at 4:30 pm, and registration begins September 5.

The library offers numerous afterschool events for elementary school students.  Children can create a collage with local artist, Romare Bearden, learn about Johnny Appleseed with author Brooke Kramb, learn about historical periods in the American Girl Book Club, discover electricity in Let’s Get Charged Up, and celebrate the author of Curious George.

A popular reoccurring event is Paws for Reading, held the second and fourth Saturday of every month.  Trained therapy dogs come to the library to sit with early readers while they read aloud.

“It helps encourage a new reader to get comfortable reading out loud.  They’re not getting corrected, they’re not getting judged.  It’s just way for children to get comfortable reading,” said Engelbrecht.

Babies, toddlers, and pre-school children are invited to attend weekly morning storytelling.

“I’m glad that we’re able to offer as much as we are, considering we’re still half the staff that we were two or three years ago,” said Engelbrecht.  “We offer a great deal of classes and events for our community.  I know the community appreciates us, and I appreciate their support.”

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