Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to Rent ImaginOn during 2012 DNC: Proceeds Will Benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

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Proceeds from Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" rental of ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center™ (http://www.imaginon.org) during the Democratic National Convention will benefit two cherished Charlotte organizations: the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

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ImaginOn is a collaboration between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children's Theatre of Charlotte

"This revenue will support two cherished Charlotte organizations that have experienced funding challenges due to the recession," says Library Board Chair Charles Bowman.

Today, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees approved a contract allowing Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to rent ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center™ (http://www.imaginon.org) during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. ImaginOn is home to the Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. The series coverage of the 2012 DNC will be taped and air nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT from Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, September 7.

The revenue from "The Daily Show’s" rental will supplement the Library’s operating budget, including services that support literacy, educational success and workforce development; and support Children’s Theatre programs and infrastructure.

“This revenue will support two cherished Charlotte organizations that have experienced funding challenges due to the recession,” says Library Board Chair Charles Bowman. “We are proud to highlight this positive benefit to this community.”

“We are delighted to be able to showcase such a unique and collaborative facility and partnership,” said Children’s Theatre Executive Director Bruce LaRowe, “not only to the convention but also to an international television audience.”

The spaces “The Daily Show” is renting are not in the public areas of ImaginOn; but primarily theater, rehearsal and staff spaces. On days when ImaginOn is open, the public will have the same level of access to non-theater spaces.

Tickets to "The Daily Show" tapings in Charlotte may be requested at http://www.thedailyshow.com. They are not available through ImaginOn’s box office. Media inquiries for “The Daily Show” should be addressed to Renata Luczak, Comedy Central, 212.767.8661, renata.luczak(at)comedycentral.com.

In October of last year, the Library Board of Trustees voted to close its two Uptown locations, Main Library and ImaginOn, to the public during the Democratic National Convention. This decision was due to concerns about safety, security, access and parking. The Library would normally be closed Sunday, Sept. 2 and Labor Day, Monday, Sept 3. Main and ImaginOn will likely close Tuesday, Sept 4 - Friday, Sept 7 and reopen Saturday, Sept. 8. These dates have yet to be finalized.

About ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center™

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center™ is a one-of-a-kind youth destination located in Charlotte, NC in the heart of the cultural arts district. This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot facility recently ranked by Livability.com as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States. The facility is visited by more than 300,000 people annually and features two state-of-the-art theatres, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library and multimedia production studio, and interactive exhibit space.

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at http://www.cmlibrary.org. Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

For more information about the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, visit us at http://www.ctcharlotte.org.

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