Four libraries in our county will be closing by the end of this month due to pending budget cuts.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is moving forward with preparations for the closing of four libraries due to the pending 45.5 percent budget cut proposed by Mecklenburg County.
Charlotte will still have plenty of branches open, however, this is still a terrible thing for any county. I never thought I would hear about libraries closing. Why I can remember going to our local library every summer to get books and take part in the summer reading challenge. Once summer I even read 100 books and got a special library card, which celebrated 100 years of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
In a News Release that went out last week, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) discussed the closings and what they have been working on to save other libraries. Advocates can check out the PLCMC’s CALL TO ACTION page for ways to get involved.
One area that the PLCMC has been reaching many advocates and citizens concerned about the future of our libraries is through social media. That’s right, even the public libraries are using social media today! The aforementioned News Release ends with the following:
For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at http://www.cmlibrary.org. Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.
If you visit the PLCMC’s Facebook page, you’ll find almost 4,000 fans and a message to “KEEP LIBRARY FUNDING INTACT!” While 4,000 fans is excellent, Charlotteans better spread the word to the other 683,000+ people in our city who have yet to ‘like’ the PLCMC.
Keep up the great work though, PLCMC! And keep using your social media channels to reach more people who like to read!