Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Ensuring everyone in Mecklenburg County has their own access to free library resources and services

Written by: Laura Cavette 

Each year in September, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, a time to remind everyone that through access to free resources and services, a Library card gives learners of all ages opportunities to achieve their passions and dreams.

Beyond books
Library cards offer access to so much more than books. With a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card, users can enjoy DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on both disc and Playaway devices, Launchpad learning tablets, magazines, podcast kits, cellphone video kits and more! Library cardholders can even reserve many of these items online to be held at any location for pickup. Once items are borrowed, they can be returned to any location at the end of the lending period. Browse the Library’s online catalog here to see what’s available.

Digital resources, too
There’s no need to leave your home to visit the Library! In addition to physical materials, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers a variety of digital resources like e-books, audiobooks, streaming music, videos, and magazines that can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere using an internet connection and a Library card. Apps like hoopla, kanopy, OverDrive/Libby, and Freegal Music offer cardholders of all ages millions of free resources worth reading, listening and watching!

Free tutoring services
Did you know that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers access to free homework help from a live, online, qualified tutor? With a Library card and internet connection, school-age, college and adult learners can get up to 10 free tutoring sessions each week with Tutor.com. Start the new school year right and visit the Library’s Tutor.com Live Homework Help page to learn how you can take advantage of this free educational resource.

Get a Library card today
Ready to get a card? Free Library cards are available to Mecklenburg County residents and to non-resident Mecklenburg County property owners. Those who don’t live or own property in Mecklenburg County can get a Library card for an annual fee. To apply, visit any Charlotte Mecklenburg Library location or apply online at cmlibrary.org/getacard. A valid photo ID and current proof of residency is required. All students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), and some local private and charter schools, have free Library accounts through the Library’s ONE Access program. Please contact your child’s school to see if they participate.

Recommended reads for Library Card Sign-up Month
Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with one of these great stories about books and Libraries!

Adult Fiction

The Library Book

The Library Book by Susan Orlean (available in physical and digital formats for reading or listening)

On April 29, 1986, the Los Angeles Public Library went up in a blaze that would be the worst library fire in America’s history, destroying more than 400,000 books. Who set the fire, and why? After moving to Los Angeles, New Yorker staff writer, Susan Orlean (author of “The Orchid Thief”), decides to seek answers.

Teen Fiction

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (available in physical and digital formats for reading or listening)

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Children’s Chapter Book

Mr Lemoncello

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (available in physical and digital formats for reading or listening)

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape

Children’s Picture Book

Library Lion

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen (available in multiple formats for reading or listening)

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen’s disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.