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January Happenings


Happy New Year 2015

MLK Day Events: ParadePrayer Breakfast, Volunteer with Hands on Charlotte

Races: New year, new opportunity to shed those holiday pounds! Rumble in the Concrete Jungle, Charlotte Running Company Trail Race, The Village 5k/10k 

Performing Arts: Newsies, Hannibal Buress, Blood Ties, The Ultimate Doo Wop Show, 50 Shades: the musical parody, Turnadot, The Illusionists: witness the impossible, Harvey

Music: Rodney Carrington, Australian Bee Gees Show, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, UNC Clef Hangers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Black Label Society, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, Thomas Rhett

Chews&Booze: Brew with a View, Sunset Social, Queen’s Feast Restaurant Week, Queen City Brewers Festival

For the kids: You are what you eat, Petapalozza, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Circus

Sports: Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Checkers

Other EventsWinter Jam, Monster Jam, Chippendales Get Lucky Tour, Holiday Party for the Animals, Home and Landscape Show, Bridal Showcase, Build Remodel and Landscape Expo, Ichibancon

 ~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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A Visit to the Hunt Library

The research library of the future? Maybe so.

Last February, I blogged about BiblioTech, an all-digital, public library in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, I had an opportunity to visit the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and tour the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The Centennial Campus is the focus of a collaboration among students, faculty, researchers, and corporate, governmental and institutional partners. The Hunt Library supports the campus, primarily the College of Engineering, College of Textiles and other science programs. The library’s state-of the-art spaces and technology set it apart from other research libraries. The Hunt Library was designed to be one of the most technologically sophisticated learning spaces.

Just as law librarians are debating how to use the space freed up from print subscription cancellations, here is an amazing library with lots of exciting ideas for space and technology utilization.


The Hunt Library is longer and wider than a football field, 460 feet in length, 88 feet tall and 180 feet wide with a total of 221,000 gross square feet with 5 floors.

What’s the bookBot?

The bookBot, an automated storage and retrieval system, can store up to two million volumes, delivering any item within a five minutes. Visitors can watch the retrieval process through a glass wall on the first floor.

The bookBot is on the right and the virtual browse screen to the left.


Requiring 1/9 of the space of conventional shelving, the bookBot frees up room for learning and collaborative space. While most of the print books are in the bookBot, there are small collections at different places in the library.

Where are the students?

With the bookBot housing the collection, I wondered about the space in the rest of the library. What I discovered was that there are lots of open areas and glass study rooms. Since I was visiting during Fall break and the library was not so busy, I was able to see where the students preferred to be.

  1. In Pods on the 3rd These are group areas with table, chairs and a mounted monitor. They are different from study rooms as they are not entirely closed. The picture below might be helpful.


  1. In seats along outside windows. It reminded me of going into a restaurant and choosing the booths or tables along the outside of the room rather than the tables in the middle of the area. There are an amazing number of different types of seating too. Before the library opened, NCSU had seating for fewer than 5% of its students. … a lot less than the 20% UNC standard. With the new Hunt Library, that original number doubled.


  1. Using all the study rooms. In fact, the only study room that I found unoccupied was the one with bean bag chairs. The study rooms varied in size and accommodated individuals, pairs, and larger groups. I saw students writing on the specially painted walls, using laptops and monitors. Some study rooms were being used for media and music production.


  1. Where there were individual sized, rolling white boards.


Where were there no students?

From my wanderings, there were only two areas without students during the time I visited. One area was the MAC bars on the 3rd floor and the other was the cushions on the very yellow steps between floors.  My conclusion from this observation was that maybe students preferred to bring their own devices. And perhaps when classes were in session, students would use these areas more.


The Hunt Library is an amazing and beautiful library. If you get a chance to visit, the library is open to the public and often has tours. There are many other interesting spaces and aspects that I hope to write about in another blog post.

~Betty Thomas~

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December Happenings

Holiday Events:

Photos with Santa 

The Nutcracker

Tree-Lightings and Parades

A Christmas Carol

A Golden Christmas at Reed Gold Mine

Breakfast with Santa at Carolina Place Mall

Meet Santa at Energy Explorium

Cookies with Mrs.Claus at South Park Mall

Festival of Trees

Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour

FROZEN Breakfast Affair

Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park

Christmas Lights McAdenville

Singing Bears in Founders Hall

Moravian Love Fest Queens Chapel

WBT Holiday on Ice

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story

Singing Christmas Tree

Plantation Christmas


Christmas in Davidson

The Real Christmas Story

Holiday Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton

Winterland Express and Celebration of Lights

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Passport to Christmas


The Jazzy Holiday Gala

A Soulful Noel

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Charlotte Ballet: Nutcracker

Charlotte Symphony Pops: The Magic of Christmas

Charlotte Symphony: Messiah

A Soulful Noel

Polar Express Train Ride

Hanukkah Celebration

Santa’s Bag at Children’s Theatre Charlotte

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

Winterland Express and Celebration of Lights  

Brian Seltzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza

Kwanzaa Workshops 

Second Chance Christmas

NoDa Kampus Krawl

7th Annual Community Nativity Festival

10 Holiday Break Camps for Kids

Davidson College Holiday Gala

Davidson College Christmas Vespers

Jingle Bell Bash

Handbell Choir Performance

It’s a Wonderful Life

Getting Ready for Kwanzaa at the Gantt Center

Charlotte Pride Band’s Winter Concert

The Birth

Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel 

More events can be found here!

Sports:Belk Bowl, WWE Live, Charlotte Panthers, Charlotte Hornets

Music: A Night with Janis Joplin, The Black Keys, St. Vincent, Widespread Panic, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Brantley Gilbert, Black Veil Brides, Circa Survive, Tab Benoit

Performing Arts: Sister Act, Un Sueno Llamado Danza, Sophisticated Animal, Get to Know the Show: Newsies

For laughs: Greg Morton, Dale Jones, Heath Hyche 

Chews&Booze: Julbord at IKEA, Dinner Theatre, Lake Norman Brew Ha Ha Tour, Wine on Wednesdays, 7th Annual Palate to Palette, Tuesday Night Wine Flight, Cooked Corked and Poured, OMB Wienhnachtsmarkt, Bubbles and Bourdeaux

Races: Girls on the Run 5k, Gingersnap 5k, ACC Fan 5k, Run Run Rudolph 5k and 10k, Reindeer Romp 5k

New Year’s Eve Parties: First Night Charlotte, Sparkle in the New Year’s Eve

Other happenings: Dixieland CFA Cat Show, Into the Woods, Vintage and Antiques Show, December All Arts Market


~Happy Holidays from the Charlotte School of Law Library!~

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Global Entrepreneurship Week in Charlotte


When you hear the word entrepreneurship do you think of (a) start-ups, (b) small businesses, or (c) both?  Or are you not sure because maybe you were edging towards one answer but see the potential in another answer?  Whatever answer you choose, it’s not wrong.  Entrepreneurship can occur when one creates a theater meant to be interactive, or when one create an urban farming scheme.  Entrepreneurship can mean building a new website or creating something that will impact the modern lifestyle.  It can even be as simple as opening that small bakery you always wanted to.  At the end of the day, the word entrepreneurship can mean many different things but all of them boil down to one core concept: change and a willingness to enact it.

So, why do you ask, do I want to talk about entrepreneurship?  The answer is simple; come November, I will be a major participant in Charlotte’s own Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  Events will range from panel discussions and networking to a start-up challenge hosted by the Chamber to a “food innovation” event. One of the most interesting aspects of GEW Charlotte is that any person from the Charlotte area can attend any of the events during the course of the week.  Attendees will be able to network and learn about what Charlotte has to offer someone who wants to be an entrepreneur.  The goal is to invite residents from in and around Charlotte to come, to meet fellow entrepreneurs, and to have a good time.

What is GEW?  To put it simply, GEW (Global Entrepreneurship Week) is an annual series of events hosted by the Kauffman Foundation–a leading innovator in helping investors see the value of small start-ups that will eventually become the next Facebook or phone app.  Any city can host events for GEW as long as they sign up and agree to host at least one event during the week of GEW.  GEW will run from November 19th to the 23rd, and this year, Charlotte has its own version of GEW.

This year in Charlotte, GEW has panels on investing and financing small businesses or start-ups, non-technology start-ups, and a food innovation demo day hosted at Johnson C. Smith University

No matter what entrepreneurship means to you, I hope you take the time to think about what it means (to you) and whether or not you want to take the time to see just what Charlotte has to offer in terms of GEW Charlotte.

~Ananya Mallavarapu, L’17~

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November Happenings




This month, give thanks for living in such a vibrant and dynamic city. There’s a bounty of fun for everyone to enjoy!

Seasonal Events: Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Charlotte Rescue Mission here.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Southern Christmas ShowCeltic Thunder: Christmas Voices Symphony Tour, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Music: Ray LaMontagne, Buddy GuyThe Drive by Truckers, Straight No Chaser, KEM, Justin Townes Earle, An Evening with Dirty Loops, Home Free, The Dan Band, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Say Anything & Saves the Day with Reggie and the Full Effect, Grateful Dead Tribute Thanksgiving Bash, Corey Smith

Performing Arts: Cinderella, So you think you can Dance, She Stoops to Conquer, From the Depths, Vanya and Sonia Masha and Spike, To Kill a Mockingbird, Evil Dead: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Marvel Universe Live

Chews&Booze: Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening, Charlotte’s High Gravity Beer Festival, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show, Biking&Beer, Chili Cook Off at Dolce Vita, Dilworth South End Chili Cook off3rd Annual Sausage Fest, Zipline and Dine at USNWCBeaujoulais Festival and Wine Tasting, Taste of the Mint, Green Drinks Charlotte, YAM 25th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend: Fall Ball and Oyster Roast, Triple C Brewery Harvest Fest

Sports: Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Panthers, Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte 49ers

For the kids: Field Day 2014, Step Afrika!, Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Sunday Fun Day: Cranes, Trains and Boats, Suessical Jr., The Emperor’s New Clothes

For the “furry” kids: Pawsitively Matthews

Races: Thunder Road, The Color Run, Quest:Urban Adventure Race, Fight the Flame 5k, Charlotte Checkers 5k and Fun Run, Great Amazing Race

For laughs: Dave Chappelle, Pablo Francisco, Christopher Titus

Other fun events:  Carolina Renaissance Festival, Brief: a Fashion Show, Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour, Disco for Diabetes, Movember, Charlotte International Auto Show, Day of the Dead Festival of Souls, Explore History! Eye witnesses to WWII, Queens University Friends of the Library presents Holiday Books&Coffee, Charlotte Tweed Ride, UCarnival Indian Ethnic Wear Fest, Small Business Saturday, 100 Words Film Festival, Buff Faye’s “Day of the Dead” Sunday Halloween Drag Brunch

         ~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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