Teens could win cash prize in Public Library’s first teen talent competition

Take The Stage, the Public Library’s first talent competition for teens, is on a quest to find talented 12-18 year-olds. Teens that can sing, dance, or perform spoken word are needed to share their flair with the community. A $100 prize awaits the winner of the grand finale, set for August 8 at 2 p.m. at ImaginOn. Grand finale participants will also have the chance to meet Power 98 D.J. Jeanine Davis, who will host the event. The following libraries will hold first-round auditions for Take The Stage:

7/13, 6 p.m., South County Regional
7/21, 3:30 p.m., North County Regional
7/23, 3:30 p.m., University City Regional
7/27, 4 p.m., Freedom Regional
7/30, 6 p.m., Independence Regional

To register, interested teens should visit www.libraryloft.org to view contest rules and to complete a registration form.

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$5,000 grant opportunity for local artists

Performing and literary artists can apply for up to $5,000 to support their artistic development through the Regional Artist Project Grant program.

The grant application deadline is Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at noon. Applications and guidelines are available at www.ArtsAndScience.org.

Artists who have lived in the counties of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, and York for one year are eligible to apply. Continue reading

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Queens Grant Community Charter School hosts art show

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Queens Grant held its first ever art show for grades K-11 last Friday night. In the picture above, Queens Grant High School art teacher Sabryah Alghrary stands surrounded by students (l-r) Augusta Newton, Matt Evangelisto, Zack Joyner and Anna Sawyer at the art show.  Behind them are pieces created by Queens Grant High School students. In the photo below, art teachers Sabryah Alghrary, Toni Thomas and Dana Peele pose together. Photos courtesy of Leslie Southerland.

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Joyce and Jim Lavene release latest mystery

A Corpse for YewJoyce and Jim Lavene released their latest mystery novel titled “A Corpse for Yew,” part of the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries. You may know Joyce as the Plant Lady in the Mint Hill Times. Joyce and Jim are also prolific writers, having completed more than 30 novels. You can see a trailer for the latest book here. You can purchase the novel here. Of the many books written by Joyce and Jim, which one is their favorite? Joyce says it’s a tough call:

People always ask which book is our favorite. I always say I could never choose. Which daughter do I love best? Which grandchild is cutest? There is no way to measure these things and I wouldn’t want to.I love them all the same. They are all a part of me. And Jim! 8-))

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Butler literary magazine to publish final edition

Friday marks the 12th and final edition of Butler High School’s Pawprint Literary Magazine. The Pawprint 2009 Literary Magazine release party and Artists Tea will be held at 1 pm in the Media Center. The award winning Butler jazz band will provide entertainment throughout the event. Because of budget cuts the creative writing class will no longer be offered to students as an elective. Continue reading

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Bevy of book sales at the Public Library

April 17, 2009 (Charlotte, NC) – Want to know one of a book lover’s best kept secrets? The answer is shopping at library book sales for lightly worn, but well-loved books at low prices. Many libraries use book sales as an opportunity to purge their shelves of older materials. Often, donations that were not able to be distributed in the collection are also for sale. All proceeds benefit the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), helping to improve general library offerings.

Book sales are organized by PLCMC and its supporters. The sales listed below are just a sample of what’s to come. Be sure to check out the library events Web page for book sale updates.

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