What little card costs nothing at all, and is one of your best back-to-school tools? Your library card! Your public library has a wealth of tools and services that support educators and students during the school year.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library News and Events
Back to School 2013
Go back to school with your library!



You have access to professional tutors online, free with your library card.  

With your library card, you get free access to Tutor.com. K-12 and college students can get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies and English. Adults can get help with resume writing, GED prep, and academic support.  All sessions are online and one-to-one with a live tutor.


You can also access thousands of magazines, journals and encyclopedias from the library's web site.


Get started at www.cmlibrary.org/homework


A place to go to work, study or relax.

Teen working on project in ImaginOn

Libraries have computers and spaces for working, studying and relaxing. Many of our libraries have spaces just for teens. Some, like ImaginOn and Beatties Ford Road, even have cafe-style study nooks. 
Programs, classes and events

Heading back to school     


Back to School Block Party
Join us in the Loft to participate in this special event to welcome you back to school. Community resources and engaging activities will take place. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/10/2013 at 3:00 PM: ImaginOn  Learn More


Get Set 4 Kindergarten
Rising kindergartners participate in stories and activities that build pre-reading skills and help prepare children for success in school. Charlotte Mecklenburg School's Buster and Gus the Bus will also talk about bus safety. Audience: Preschool (3-5), Elementary (5-11)

8/14/2013 at 2:00 PM: Scaleybark  Learn More  

8/20/2013 at 11:00 AM: Hickory Grove   Learn More

8/20/2013 at 4:30 PM: Mountain Island  Learn More


What to expect in 9th grade
High School students share their experiences of life in high school with incoming freshmen. Audience: Teens (12-18)

8/15/2013 at 5:30 PM: Morrison Regional    Learn More


Library Orientation for Teens
Take a guided tour of Independence Regional Library and learn about resources that are available for school and fun. Audience: Teens (12-18)

8/28/2013 at 3:00 PM: Independence Regional    Learn More


teen using computer at ImaginOn

Homework and research help


Research Support Service
Having trouble finding resources for your project or need direction? Need one on one assistance? Your Librarian may be able to help. Learn to use the library's online resources to find more information. Drop in for a 30 minute session. Audience: Adults

8/15/2013 at 3:00 PM: University City Regional    Learn More

8/22/2013 at 3:00 PM: University City Regional  Learn More
8/29/2013 at 3:00 PM: University City Regional  Learn More

Finding and Using Online Information
Get a jump on research projects. Find out about online resources your library offers. We'll also discuss citations and online safety. Audience: Teens (12-18)

8/29/2013 at 3:00 PM: ImaginOn   Learn More


Homework Study Zone
Starting in September, drop by these libraries for the Study Zone! Get school work done, study for tests, get homework help or free online tutoring. Audience: Teens (12-18), Preteen (8-11)

Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Cornelius  Learn More

Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Mountain Island Learn More
Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 PM: Beatties Ford Road    Learn More
9/20/2013 at 2:30 PM: South County Regional    Learn More

Information Literacy Workshop
Make homework, research, and finding a job easier by learning how the library organizes information and how to use it more effectively. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/9/2013 at 3:00 PM: Independence Regional    Learn More

9/30/2013 at 3:00 PM: Independence Regional  Learn More


Online Resources for Your Middle School Students or Children
If you're a teacher, parent or caregiver, come learn about library web sites and other electronic resources that can extend learning opportunities for your students or children. We will emphasize resources for the middle school student. Audience: Adults, Teens (12-18)

9/9/2013 at 6:00 PM: South County Regional    Learn More | Register Online


School Age Tutoring
Come and get help with elementary-level reading, math or homework from a trained Teen Tutor. Registration preferred but walk-ins are welcome! Audience: Elementary (5-11), Preteen (8-11)

9/18/2013 at 4:30 PM: Mountain Island    Learn More

9/25/2013 at 4:30 PM: Mountain Island  Learn More


Research: 1-on-1 Support Session
Need to research a topic for school but don't know where to begin? Trying to locate information for a project? Confused about our online resources? Register online to sign up for a 45-minute individual session with the Teen Services Librarian. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/25/2013 at 3:00 PM: South County Regional    Learn More




Crossroads Cafe: Free English Classes

(Aprenda inglés con Crossroads Café)
A CPCC course for adults who speak some English but want to improve. For non-traditional students and independent study. Students receive study materials for library check out and meet weekly with an instructor to review the lesson and answer questions. Audience: Adults

9/5/2013 at 6:00 PM: Independence Regional    Learn More
9/12/2013 at 6:00 PM: Independence Regional  Learn More
9/19/2013 at 6:00 PM: Independence Regional  Learn More
9/26/2013 at 6:00 PM: Independence Regional  Learn More

Spanish for English Speakers: Basic
Learn basic Spanish in this program for beginners and people with a low intermediate understanding of Spanish. Listen, speak, read and write for basic communication in Spanish. Audience: Adults, Seniors, Teens (12-18)

8/30/2013 at 10:00 AM: Cornelius    Learn More
9/6/2013 at 10:00 AM: Cornelius     Learn More
9/13/2013 at 10:00 AM: Cornelius   Learn More
9/20/2013 at 10:00 AM: Cornelius  Learn More
9/27/2013 at 10:00 AM: Cornelius  Learn More
Interested in learning a language? Visit our Research/Homework page to gain access to Mango Languages, free with your library card. www.cmlibrary.org/homework

Fun with Math and Science 


STEM 101
Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/16/2013 at 3:00 PM: Independence Regional    Learn More


Rookie Science
Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities and experiments. Audience: Elementary (5-11)

8/21/2013 at 4:30 PM: Scaleybark    Learn More

9/10/2013 at 4:30 PM: Mountain Island    Learn More


Taking the PSAT 


PSAT Practice Test - Kaplan Test Prep
Students will complete an actual Practice PSAT exam administered by Kaplan Test Prep then return for a scheduled Kaplan PSAT Part 2: Test Score Assessment/Strategies on October 9th. Recommended for 8th-10th grade students. Registration required. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/28/2013 at 10:30 AM: Steele Creek    Learn More | Register Online

9/7/2013 at 10:30 AM: Matthews    Learn More | Register Online


KAPLAN PSAT Part 2: Test Score Assessment/Strategies
Students who completed PSAT Practice Test - Kaplan Test Prep will return for this seminar designed to provide insight on how to interpret test scores and provide strategies and tips to improve test performance. Registration required. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/21/2013 at 10:30 AM: Matthews    Learn More | Register Online

For educators
Do you teach in Mecklenburg County?
If so, you qualify for a special library card.

Did you know the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers Teacher Loan Cards by request to teachers in Mecklenburg County? Teacher Loan Cards enable educators to borrow items for extended periods for classroom use. Learn how to apply.


For those who already have Teacher Loan Cards, be aware that it needs to be renewed in person each year. If you obtained yours prior to June 2013, it will expire on August 15, 2013. Just visit any library branch after August 15 and present one of the documents listed on this page to renew your card for the coming school year.


We're collecting school supplies for Classroom Central.
Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.  Functioning as a Free Store for teachers, Classroom Central serves as an invaluable resource for area students and classrooms.


Now through August 15th, 13 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches are serving as public drop-off locations for the annual Classroom Central, Communities In Schools, and WSOC-TV School Tools Campaign. 


Participating libraries are: Beatties Ford Road Regional, Cornelius, Independence Regional, Mint Hill, Morrison Regional, Mountain Island, North County Regional, South County Regional, Steele Creek, University City Regional, West Boulevard.


What do I donate?

The biggest needs are pens, pencils, filler paper, one subject composition books, erasers, rulers, pencil sharpeners, pocket folders, glue sticks, markers, crayons, highlighters and colored pencils.


Learn more at www.classroomcentral.org.

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