Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month @ Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
May 1 – May 31 all-day

In 1978, the first ten days of May were officially recognized as Asian American Heritage Week after President Jimmy Carter signed a resolution. This week expanded into a month-long recognition in 1990, then was officially renamed Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by President George H.W. Bush. The month of May was chosen as a tribute to the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system is honored to recognize this diverse community by sharing the following materials from our catalog.  We have all the resources you need to discover a new culture or embrace your heritage!  Check them out HERE.

Heritage of Biddleville Mural Premiere Event
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Local artist Jamil Steele, who also worked on CBI’s “Aftershocks” mural,  is bringing the history and present of the Biddleville neighborhood in West Charlotte to life in his new mural that debuts this weekend.

Steele is a professional artist and teacher at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School.

The mural, commissioned by the city, was a year in the making and portrays important figures and places from West Charlotte’s past and present.  To read more, click HERE.

This event is free and no registration is required.

Read to Seed Gardening Series: Mecklenburg County Wildlife @ Online
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This month, the Myers Park Library Gardening Group in conjunction with Matthews Library is hosting Mecklenburg County Division Director of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources, Chris Matthews in a presentation on Mecklenburg County Wildlife.


Mecklenburg County’s 26 Nature Preserves protect the region’s biological resources and natural areas while providing opportunities for environmental education, nature-based programs and outdoor recreation.


Read to Seed – Gardening with the Myers Park Library Garden Club is a virtual gathering where guests can learn about environmentally-friendly gardening practices from experienced gardeners. Guests can share their gardening experiences, ask questions, and discuss their favorite books or other media about gardens and gardening.


This event will take place on Zoom unless otherwise noted.


Please register no later than noon the day before the event. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting.

Coffee and Conversation: Equity in the Workplace/Pride Month @ Goodwill Opportunity Campus
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Each year, LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is recognized in June. It’s an important month of recognition for the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, acceptance and increased visibility for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as a time to commemorate years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equity.

During Pride Month, we see many companies making public gestures of support. Hundreds of major brands have become regular sponsors and supporters of annual Pride events, lending their platforms to support progress for the LGBTQIA+ community.

While there are visible signs of progress, and landmark advances have been made in marriage equality and workplace protections, many challenges continue to persist in the workplace for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Join us June 9 for Coffee and Conversation as we honor Pride Month and discuss the intentional and concerted efforts it takes to build an equitable and inclusive workplace that endures for all.

This event is free but registration is required.

With a capacity of 25 guests per session, attendees are grounded in community issues that create space for lively, highly engaged group discussion co-created and facilitated by community change catalysts, Kellen Nixon and Annetta Foard. Coffee & Conversation is a safe and trusting space for all to lean confidently into their lived experiences and cultural identities.

LGBTQ+ 101 and 201 Workshops: A Summer Series @ Online
Jun 14 – Jul 27 all-day

These are one-hour LGBTQ+ 101 and 201 Professional Development sessions throughout the Summer to support educators and school staff in supporting their LGBTQ+ students!

The 101 Workshop will cover basic statistics regarding LGBTQ+ youth experiences, terminology, and best practices when working with LGBTQ+ youth.

The 201 Workshop will cover a deeper dive into statistics regarding LGBTQ+ youth experiences, specific labels and language in the LGBTQ+ community, and specific best practices when working with LGBTQ+ youth.

These events are PAY WHAT YOU CAN (suggested range $0-100) and will occur on the following dates/times:

LGBTQ+ 101:
Tuesday June 14th, 6-7pm

Friday July 8th, 12-1pm

Monday July 18th, 3-4pm

LGBTQ+ 201:

Thursday June 23rd, 12-1pm

Tuesday July 12th, 4-5pm

Wednesday July 27th, 5-6pm


Please visit for details and registration links.  Email Haeley at for more information!

Wake the Queen Festival
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s time to Wake the Queen!  The Wake the Queen Festival is a celebration of visual and performing arts that pays homage to Queen Charlotte, a staunch advocate and patroness of the arts.  Proceeds from Wake the Queen will be used to fund music and arts projects in The Gold District of Charlotte.  There will be food, drinks, and local artists.  You can tour the neighborhood and create your own Gold District shirt!  No tickets needed – just join the fun!

To learn more about The Gold District of Charlotte, please visit


In Our Own Backyard: Summer Interfaith Youth Camp @ Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Network
Jun 23 – Jun 26 all-day

Every year we hold our interfaith summer camp experience for 10-12th graders in Mecklenburg County. The purpose of the camp is to bring youth together from different faiths, races and socioeconomic backgrounds to learn more about each other’s faith traditions and to serve area residents in need. Participants visit various social agencies, travel by city bus, visit different houses of faith for worship services and develop their own interfaith service on the last evening of the program. Attendees are eligible to join the MeckMIN youth council.



Join us as we work on service projects with organizations across the county, attend worship services at different houses of faith, build relationships and so much more!



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Scholarships are available and applicants will be notified of scholarship and financial aid approval if/when they are accepted to In Our Own Backyard.

Sustaining Sponsors