Graphic Novel Book Club at the Wine Vault

Join us at The Wine Vault on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 pm! In January we will be discussing “Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1” by Brian Michael Bendis. New members always welcome! Check the branch or our catalog for copies. Contact Name: Kate...

Family Storytime

Bring your family out to enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child. This will be held in the Storytime Room.
UC library takes on Digital Inclusion for seniors

UC library takes on Digital Inclusion for seniors

By Everett Blackmon, University City Regional Library It goes without saying that we believe in the concept of No Person Left Behind when it comes to digital inclusion. Accordingly, the Strategic Outreach Team at University City Regional Library has formed an alliance with our senior population through several integral partnerships to bring this knowledge—digital literacy—to these residents at the most convenient facilities within our community. This senior digital literacy program represents an extension of outreach projects in which we were already involved (adding a digital technology component). The program is designed to help provide internet and other modern technology skills to the people that need it most, connecting them to this vital tool which improves their lives. It takes a strong team This initiative was originally designed to address University City’s FY2017 Plan of Work Goal related to outreach and digital inclusion within our community. After adding key members to our already established strategic outreach team, this group (Sherleen McKoy, Erin Crites, Lisa Wilson, Amy Maggard, John Peitzman & Everett Blackmon) worked out the details of UC’s digital inclusion program for seniors, which included streamlining Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s original DigiLit curriculum to fit this particular audience, contacting community partners to solicit their participation and recruiting suitable trainers to properly execute the content of this special program. These classes were well received by the participants, as they expressed great pride and appreciation for the new skills learned as a result of these classes. Community engagement and transference of digital literacy skills were definitely exhibited and highlighted as an important component of the Library’s mission during these sessions. The UC DigiLit...
YMCA and Library tag team on computer skills

YMCA and Library tag team on computer skills

University City YMCA offers many classes for seniors, but a new one starting on March 16 may be one of the few involving a mouse. The Y will host a six-week, 12-hour program to help seniors improve their computer skills. The program, DigiLit, is led by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which created it to help bridge the digital knowledge divide among its patrons. University City Regional Library is partnering with University City YMCA to present a DigiLit Community program to the Y’s seniors group, said Everett Blackmon, project manager at University City Regional Library. The program is open to members 55 and older. Classes will run 10 am-noon Thursdays for six weeks starting March 16. “With this program, we decided to target seniors to close that digital gap to help them connect with the community, their kids in school, their families, and to access basic services that you need to reach on line,” Blackmon said. The birth of DigiLit A recent article on the Library Foundation website explains what led our library system to create this new program: Last year, Library staff members at the Hickory Grove branch noticed many people using Library computer stations ask similar questions. Most don’t have computers at home and with some instruction, staff knew they could work more productively. An idea was born: develop and deliver a curriculum to help bridge the digital knowledge divide among patrons. They developed a list of topics to cover, and in a stroke of perfect timing, NTEN, an affiliate of Google Fiber, chose the Library as the site of a fellowship funded by the Knight Foundation. The Library’s first digital inclusion fellow...
Get tickets now for first ever University City Wine Fest!

Get tickets now for first ever University City Wine Fest!

The first ever University City Wine Fest takes place April 22 on the lake and boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place. More than 100 wines will be available to sample, plus guests can talk with wine experts, stroll the boardwalk, meet local artisans, shop and enjoy live music and interactive entertainment. Event proceeds will help library literacy programs, too! The Wine Vault University City Wine Festival Presented by University City Connect & Greystar will feature a variety of old and new as well as exciting wines for 2016 from across the US and globe. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, wineries and winery representatives will welcome you as they share their knowledge along with samples of their art.  Meet these experts, learn the story of their wines, and experience the harmony of delectable wines. Much more to enjoy! Of course wine goes wonderfully with food, and the fest will have vendors selling delicious treats. Several artisans and small businesses also will have booths at the Wine Fest, including 704 Shop, CLT Boutique, Glory Days Apparel, MARY KAY, Pure Stella Skin Care, Purple Girl Designs by Amber, Bash, The Dog Photog, VaVaVoo and Vikkie’s Workshop. The Wine Vault University City Wine Festival is presented by University City Connect and Greystar.  Other sponsors include UNC Charlotte and Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. Tim Wallace, owner of the Wine Vault, is choosing the wines for the event, with two dozen wineries represented. Proceeds from the Wine Fest will benefit literacy programs at University City Regional Library and Sugar Creek Library. General admission General Admission tickets will be $35.00* and include 4 hours of unlimited wine tastings and a festival souvenir sampling glass....