• Children's book author Matt de la Peña visits Charlotte for Community Read

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    New York Times best-selling author Matt de la Peña will visit Charlotte as part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Community Read event. He’ll be reading from his latest book “Love”. 

    The will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center in the Wells Fargo Playhouse.

    Like de la Peña’s “Love”, his books’ themes are centered on love amid inequality and racism. His messages of shared humanity and interconnectedness have resonated with readers of all ages around the world. 

    De la Peña has been awarded the Newbery Medal and the National Council of Teachers of English Intellectual Freedom Award.

    During his visit to ImaginOn, de la Peña will read from his picture book, “Love”, and answer questions. A book signing will follow the event. His books will be available for purchase the day of the event.

    Every spring, Channel 9 teams up with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to help improve area literacy. Now through April 12, you can donate new and gently used books for children and teens at all Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations. Additionally, three 9 Family Focus community business partners have chosen to collect books at their Mecklenburg county locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services.

    You can find your nearest donation location by clicking on this link: 9 Books for Kids.

    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 book. Find more information by clicking this link.

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