Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Link to October 19 Charlotte Observer article, "It's sad to see books go, but surviving libraries will benefit".

Excerpt: Some of the fallout from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's decision to close three of its branches will be laid out for all to see - and buy - beginning Thursday at Quail Corners Shopping Center.

Fifteen thousand books will be up for sale in a vacated Blockbuster store as part of the Friends of the Library's biggest-ever fundraiser.

That's enough books to fill 2 1/2 18-wheelers.

The nonprofit group's goal is to raise at least $30,000 to help supplement the public library's book-buying budget, which was slashed 46 percent.

Most of the books are from the Carmel, CheckIt Outlet and Belmont Center branches, which were closed after a budget crisis forced the county to cut library support by $10 million

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