Charlotte Mecklenburg Library approves budget including expanded hours at regionals

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library approves budget including expanded hours at regionals

Charlotte, NC – June 27, 2012 – Today, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees approved the final FY2013 budget for the Library, including $811,000 in additional funding from Mecklenburg County that will allow the Library to open the six regional libraries on Sundays during the school year.

Beginning September 9, the six regional libraries – Beatties Ford Road, Independence, Morrison, North County, South County and University City – will be open 1-5pm on Sundays, as will Main and ImaginOn. Approximately 24 staff will be hired to expand the hours; those positions will be posted on the Library and County websites after July 1.

The expanded County funding in FY13 brings the Library to 846 operating hours a week, about 56% of its peak of 1,521 operating hours in March 2010. The expansion of hours at the regionals is consistent with the recommendations of the Future of the Library Task Force (www.charmeck.org/libraryfuture), a citizen group whose recommendations were unanimously adopted by the Library Board and Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners in 2011.

Also at their June meeting, the Library Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Michael Marsicano, President & CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas. The Foundation, in accordance with another Task Force recommendation, was tasked with reviewing the relationship between the Library and Mecklenburg County at the end of FY12. In his letter, Marsicano said, “It is obvious to this committee that Manager Jones and CEO Phillips took seriously the charge to improve the working relationship. Further, their Memorandum of Understanding provides a framework for how this relationship should work in the future, thus ensuring that their successors can continue a positive and supportive working relationship …”

Information on the Library’s budget can be found at www.cmlibrary.org/budget.

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at www.cmlibrary.org. Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

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Media Contact: Cordelia Anderson,
Marketing & Communications Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Office Phone: (704) 416-0712  
Business Cell: (704) 999-0511  
Email: canderson@cmlibrary.org



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