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ImaginOn At 10; Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Update


Part 1
A decade ago, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theater of Charlotte collaborated to create ImaginOn, a children’s library and theater at 300 E. Seventh St. Ten years later, we’ll talk with the founding directors and the current directors about how it is carrying out the original vision of its partners.

 Bruce LaRowe - former executive director of Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Lois Kilkka -  retired library manager at ImaginOn

 Hannah Granneman - current executive director of Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

Jason Hyatt - current Charlotte Mecklenburg Library manager at ImaginOn

Part 2
Big budget cuts five years ago brought soul-searching at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. There was talk of closing smaller suburban and neighborhood branches and cutting hours and programs. A Future of the Library Task Force recommended programming changes and a way to save the small branches. In 2012, former ASC head Lee Keesler took over as library CEO, and began developing a new strategic plan. The library seems to be back on a solid footing again, and has been undertaking major renovations. The latest announcement calls for an $8 million overhaul at the Morrison branch, at Southpark. 

Lee Keesler - chief executive officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Molly Griffin - Charlotte Mecklenburg Library board member