Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Joshua's Story: Books in the Bins, Books for Kids

What a great story! Read how Joshua's love for books and reading started at the Library and how he used his passion to share books with others.

Books in the Bins: Books for Kids

Joshua Gammon has been reading since he was 3 years till this date he still love to read every day. Joshua attended story time at library when he was younger that where he got he’s love for book and wants to share books with other children in the community. Connie Ellington in Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Outreach Department helped coordinate Joshua Gammon with his Book Drive.

Joshua Gammon Eagle project is giving back his love for books by doing a book drive for new teachers of FOCUS schools in Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools. “FOCUS” schools are schools that are on the verge of becoming Title 1 or becoming low-income. The “FOCUS” school I selected to do the book drive for is University Meadows Elementary School in the University City area of Charlotte. At University Meadows, seasonal and veteran teachers received a grant from the state to get new school supplies and books for their classrooms, but the new teachers did not get funds, therefore they have to buy books and school supplies out of their own money. When I heard this, it touched me deeply, so I decided that I was going to do my Eagle project by helping out the new teachers who are coming into University Meadows by doing a book drive to help out with this epidemic. Being involved in the library programs throughout Joshua Gammon life encourage him to dream big, gain life skills, continue to be a lifelong learner by reading and sharing his love for reading with others.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thank You Barnes and Noble

 Thank you Barnes & Noble for hosting a holiday book drive for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Community Book Shelf Program. Donations from the Barnes and Nobles book drive will be used to fill library book shelves in several community locations including WIC offices(Woman, Infants and Children) Department of Social Services waiting room, Solomon House, Ada Jenkins CenterThe Latin American Coalition and other community locations.Our book shelves provide literacy-rich environments in some of  our more challenging communities and neighborhoods. These book shelves supports literacy, learning and education beyond our traditional library locations. Imagine visiting DSS for family support and having the opportunity to not only read to your child, but take a book or two home to continue the learning experience. For more information on the community bookshelf program or hosting a book drive for the library contact Ursula Guidry at uguidry@cmlibrary.org
Staff member Ursula Guidry  reading to children in the WIC waiting room. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year

So many wonderful things have taken place in 2012 through Library Outreach Services. We recognized the diverse cultures in our community by promoting our collection and hosting cultural programs and activities such as Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros, Hispanic Heritage month, Native American Heritage month, Asian Pacific Heritage month, African American History and Older Americans month. We collaborated with the Latin American Coalition and Child Support Enforcement to bring job seeking opportunities into the community. We have continued to increase the number of homebound customers served through our Library by Mail program. We are  delighted to see the change in children's and parents behavior and attitude when they realize the joy of learning and reading through our early literacy programs and workshops.

Our two newest staff members, Ursula Jacobs-Guidry and Pamela McCarter have hit the ground running fast! Ursula is quickly establishing her role as the family literacy coordinator with successful programs and activities at the YWCA Central Carolinas and other community organizations such as the Department of Social Services, Carolina Healthcare System and Presbyterian Hospital. Pamela is getting a reputation for being a technology "Guru" as she lends technology support and other job searching resources to non-custodial parents at Child Support Enforcement.

In addition to working directly with customers and community members, the Outreach Team can also be found actively working on local and national committees such  Mecklenburg County Aging and Advisory Committee, United Way of the Central Carolinas, Smart Start, Bilingual Preschool and the McCory YMCA Senior Advisory Committee. Two staff members are also actively involved in several ALA (American Library Association) boards and committees including the grants and scholarship rewards committee, Special Populations and YALSA.

What is next for Outreach; where do we go from here? Well quoting Timothy from my new favorite movie, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" I (we) can only get better. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is in the process of developing its strategic plan. The plan will provide the library with priorities that support the communities need, vision and Mecklenburg County priorities. Outreach will use this plan as a blue print as we continue to serve and work in the community. We are also working strategically with internal divisions (Adults, Teens and Children's) to provide efficient and effective customer service.

New Book Shelf at the Latin American Coalition with Veronica Corral and Ursula Jacobs' Guidry
All this means is we welcome 2013! We are honored to continue to serve our customers and communities. Look for opportunities to complete surveys to give  feedback that will help us improve serving you and others. Feel free to forward immediate feedback on outreach services and this post to Meryle A. Leonard; Outreach Manager.