Back To School 2014
Planning your back-to-school checklist?
Don't forget the most valuable back-to-school tool -- your public library card! If you're a resident or student in Mecklenburg County, it costs you nothing at all, but offers so much. In this issue, we highlight some of the support you and your child can find at your public library.

You might want to file this issue away for when a young voice asks, "Can you help me with homework?"

Our most asked-about educational support service: 
Online homework help, when you need it. 

Math homework stressing you out? With your library card, you get free access to professional tutors that can help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies and English.  


All sessions are online and one-to-one with a live tutor. This service is available daily from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available. 

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Library cards for young students
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the Library are partners in education. As such, we know that reading well and frequently is the key to being successful in school, and regular use of the public library can help children become strong readers.

Having a library card is a critical first step in becoming a lifelong library user, and is the gateway to obtaining full access to a range of services within the library and online. When children possess their own library card, a door opens for them to become regular library users.

This fall, we are launching a joint initiative with CMS to provide all pre-kindergarten through third grade students with public library cards. By distributing library cards to young students, we aim to positively impact early learning and early literacy, and increase the resources available to help ensure all children are reading on grade level by third grade.

Together we can build readers who will be prepared to succeed in school, the workplace, and in life.

If you are the parent of a CMS student in pre-K through third grade, look for a joint letter from the Library and CMS coming home with your child during the first week of school.


This project is funded in part by Foundation For The Carolinas.

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 Festivals at Hickory Grove and Sugar Creek
Join us for a FREE day of entertaining and educational programs for all ages. Free school supplies. To be eligible to receive school supplies, parents and children grades K-12 must register in person at the event between 9-10 AM. Supplies are limited. For more information, please call the library branch. Audience: Family/Youth & Caregivers, Adults, Teens (12-18)

Parents, learn about home schooling and the resources and organizations that will enhance your student's education. Enjoy a landscape of interaction that provides information about curriculum, trips, and educational games. Audience: Family/Youth & Caregivers, Elementary (5-11), Teens (12-18)

9/27/2014 at 2:00 PM: Beatties Ford Road | Learn More 


Library Orientation/First Visit
Take a guided tour of Mountain Island Library and learn about the resources that are available to help you at home, school and work. Audience: Elementary (5-11)

8/20/2014 at 11:30 AM: Mountain Island    Learn More  


Library Skills Workshops for Teens
Join other teens in learning how to navigate the public library. Learn how to find materials, do research, take a library tour and more. Great for homeschooled teens! Audience: Teens (12-18)

teen using computer at ImaginOn

Homework and research help


Intro to Homework Help for Kids
Impress your teachers! This class introduces you to websites and online resources with accurate information to research topics for school projects. We will explore some databases and how to cite from them for homework. Audience: Preteen (8-11)

Research: 1-on-1 Support Session
Need to research a topic for school but don't know where to begin? Trying to locate information on health or business topics? Confused about online resources? Call 704-416-7400 to sign up for a 30-minute individual session with a librarian. Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/18/2014 at 5 PM: West Boulevard Learn More | Registration begins 9/1/2014


Microsoft Word Basics for Kids
Want to use this powerful program to type letters and school papers? Come learn how to create, edit and save documents in Microsoft Word 2007. This class is for preteens with basic computer skills but little or no previous word processing experience. Audience: Preteen (8-11)

10/9/2014 at 4:30 PM: Mountain Island    Learn More 




Interested in learning a language? Visit our web site to gain access to Pronunciator, an online language learning software, free with your library card.

Online Learning


Your library card gives you free access to a wealth of online resources, too!


Do you need help improving your writing skills? Learning Express helps students to improve their skills in many subject areas.   Explore the "School Center" for Writing and Grammar Skills Improvement, Vocabulary and Spelling Skills Improvement, Math Skills Improvement and many more subject areas. Resources are targeted to Elementary School students, Middle School students, and High School students. There is also help for the GED and ASVAB.


Need an encyclopedia at home? World Book Online is a dynamic and interactive online encyclopedia available through your Library! Access timelines, eBooks for homework help and research projects, and a Reference Center that has computer and web tutorials. A Spanish version is also available.


Curious about Ecosystems, Energy and Matter, Food Chains, and all things related to science? Your Library has access to Powerknowledge Life Science, Powerknowledge Physical Science, and Powerknowledge Earth & Space Science. These resources allow you to explore all aspects of science using videos, pictures, and interactive games. Each resource also includes ideas for Science Fair Projects and Experiments.


Visit Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Research/Homework page to find these resources and many more!  

For educators and parents
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 2014, it will expire on August 15, 2014. 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.


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Online Resources for Your Students or Children
If you're a teacher, parent or caregiver, come learn about Library websites 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


Library book sales help you build your own library

All of our library branches have ongoing book sales in which gently-used books are sold at bargain prices to make room for newer materials. This is a great opportunity for teachers to find titles to add to their classroom libraries. Visit your nearest branch and ask about the ongoing book sale.   


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