Want to help shape the future of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library? Then apply to be on the Future of the Library Task Force. You can find the applications at the library’s website, or pick up a printed version at branches. The library is forming the task force to devise a strategy that will sustain the organization in the coming years. Recent budget cuts forced a drastic reduction in hours at the branches including Mint Hill. The library lost about half its staff in the last year because of budget cuts. Continue reading
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library has brought us the Novello festival for more than a decade now. Due to budget concerns this year, the festival is on hold. Enter UNC-
Charlotte Professor Mark West who organized a Novello-lite to fill the void this year. The library liked West’s idea, and is sponsoring “A Tribute to Novello.”
Local writers will lend their services for free and Novello Press will announce the two books it will publish this year.
“I felt like the community had benefited from Novello for all these years and maybe it was time for the community to show its appreciation to the Library for what the festival has come to mean,” said West in a press release from the library.
October 1 and 2 will feature adult authors and October 9 will feature young adult and children’s authors.
In addition, Novello Festival Press (NFP) will present its two most recent publications:
October 2: Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, an Anthology edited by Charlotte Viewpoint’s Jeff Jackson
October 9: The Children’s Book: Wings and Dreams: The Legend of Angel Falls by Irania Macias Patterson with illustrations by Catherine Courtlandt McElvane.
Pat Siegfried, a former librarian with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and current owner of Black Forest Books and Toys, will head up the youth events. West will coordinate the adult events.
For more information visit the Library’s website at www.cmlibrary.org/novello.
A Tribute to Novello Schedule: Continue reading
From County staff: The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail tax bills to approximately 379,300 property owners and mortgage companies on August 25, 2010.
Tax bills are mailed directly to the owner of the property as of Jan. 1, 2010 or the mortgage company that requested the bill for property owners with tax escrow accounts. Property owners who escrow their property taxes with a mortgage company will receive a property tax notification from the Tax Collector. These owners should review the notice carefully to ensure the bill was sent to the correct mortgage company. Continue reading
At last Thursday’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Tina Ross wondered why the library has not begun the effort to face its future funding problems. Her question is now answered. The library announced today it is forming a task force to help guide them in the restructuring process so it can remain viable in the community.
Former UNC-Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Jim Woodward will chair of the task force. He served as the chancellor of UNC Charlotte from 1989-2005, and was Interim Chancellor of NC State University in 2009. During his time at UNC Charlotte, he chaired the UNC System’s Information Technology Strategy Network Infrastructure Assessment Task Force.
The Library also announced today it has received a grant for $75,000 from the Community Catalyst Fund of the Foundation for the Carolinas to form a Future of the Library Task Force. Continue reading
Twenty-Five years ago, Farm Pond was a new middle class neighborhood in one of the most desirable up-and-coming places to live in the Charlotte area. Take a trip down Albemarle Road today, and things are looking a lot different. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police hope a new crime fighting program will get Farm Pond back on sturdier ground.