Book donations from WAXN-TV viewers help open community bookshelf

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Thanks to book donations to 64U Books for Kids, a community bookshelf is now open in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Organizers hope children and teens will take advantage of the reading material if they're in court, either by themselves or with their parents.

“It’s an opportunity for them to have something to read while they wait, as well as to get information about the library and all the services that we offer, especially in the realm of job help," said Dana Eure, associate director at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Life Long Learning.

There are also brochures and fliers available for families who need help in any way.

“Coming to court is not an easy thing for children and families, and it provides a resource for them,”  Mitchell Feld, director of children’s defense at Council for Children’s Rights, said. “Children have access to the library if they are not able to go to a physical library location.”

The bookshelf is on the eight floor of the courthouse. "Kids can take (the books) and keep them, or they can exchange them with other friends," Eure said. 

WAXN-TV, in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, will collect new and gently used children and teen books through April 21. All donated books will be distributed by the library to area children and teens through Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Outreach Services without the need to check out and return the books.  More information is available by clicking here to visit www.64UBooksForKids.com