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In addition to scheduled programs, you’ll always find informal, drop-in events and activities at ImaginOn. Anything can happen - you might stumble upon friendly video game competitions or animation in Studio i, an impromptu performance or costumes to try on in the lobby, or a puppet show in Spangler Library. There’s always something new to discover!

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Tickets and registration for Children’s Theatre productions and education programs are available at the Customer Sales and Service Center at ImaginOn, Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm, 1 hour before weekend and evening performances and through the website at

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The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers classes for all ages, from preschoolers through high school students. Classes are taught by professional theatre artists with extensive experience as instructors, performers, directors and playwrights – and always, the ability to inspire and motivate young people.

Get more information about classes at Children’s Theatre



ImaginOn has a space and a staff just for teens!
That’s right – if you are between 12 and 18, The Loft is for you and only you!

And best of all – it’s all FREE !

Teen Programs & Classes:

Loft resources include all this and more:

  • The newest, hottest teen fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines
  • Comics
  • Play scripts recommended by Children's Theatre staff
  • Laptops and wi-fi throughout the building
  • Super-fast computers loaded with software
Interactive Teen Activities @ the Loft

Do you have a question? Email the Teen Services Manager!



The Spangler Library on the first floor offers books, media, and resources for children from birth through 5th grade. Special collections and resources for parents, teachers and caregivers are also an important part of ImaginOn’s mission. Staff members with expertise in early literacy, child development, and children’s and teen literature are always available to help find just the right book, resource, or information for all library visitors.


  • A large collection of picture books, fiction and folk and fairy tales to “bring stories to life”
  • A baby and toddler area for our youngest patrons to explore and discover
  • Hands-on, engaging activities for all ages
  • DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and software for children
  • Early literacy and school age computer stations
  • Homework resources

You can search our collection online, and request a book from ImaginOn or any Library branch:

Do you have a question? Email the Children's Services Manager!

For Families/Teens: Studio iBack to Top   

Studio iStudio i, located on the second floor in the Loft at ImaginOn, is a space where families and teens can bring stories to life through movies and music. Studio i was designed by John Lemmon Films, located in Charlotte.

Express yourself in Studio i through animated and live action videos, music or a combination of the three. Studio i has the tools needed for each step in the production process, including: shooting, editing and sound mixing. Completed videos and songs can be burned to a disc, available for purchase at ImaginOn, or shared online. To view videos created by teens in Studio i visit our YouTube site. To listen to music created by teens in Studio i, visit our playlist.

Teens and families will gain visual literacy and storytelling skills through working with such software as Pinnacle, GarageBand, iMovie, Final Cut, Scratch, and StopMotion Pro. Some projects that can be created include:

  • Weather reports or music videos using our blue screen technology
  • Fashion shows wearing donated costumes from Children's Theatre of Charlotte
  • Animated movies using clay, paper cut-outs, or illustrations
  • Podcasts and songs recorded in the sound booth

Studio iStudio i internships
Studio i has an unpaid intern program for ages 13-18. If you are older than 18 and are currently enrolled in a college program where skills in the Studio would benefit your program, you are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be available on this page and accepted during the following dates:

  • March 23-April 17, 2015 (May 2015-August 2015 term)
  • September 1-September 11 (September 2015-December 2015 term)
  • November 23-December 18 (January 2016-April 2016 term)
Studio i Internship Application

Studio i interns work with the public to help teach technology skills to produce and edit video and sound projects. Interns are given opportunities to create videos and sound projects for local and national initiatives. Interns will gain 21st century technology skills, proficiency in teaching the public, and opportunities to collaborate with others.

This Library PSA was created by Gabriel V., a Studio i intern, as his project that earned him the Eagle Scout award.

Studio i School Year Hours: September 8, 2015 - May 23, 2016

For Groups (More than 10), by reservation only: Signup
Monday-Friday 11am-12pm or 1:30pm-2:30pm
Stop motion animation or live action filming
*Note: Groups booking from 3pm onward may use one station only.

General Public Drop-in Hours:
Ages 10-18
Tuesday -Thursday 3pm -6pm
Friday 3-4:30pm

Sound booth in Studio i:
Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-5:30pm
Friday 3pm-4:30pm

Individuals ages 10-18 and families w/children 8 and up
Saturday 10:30am - 12pm and 3pm-4:30pm
Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm

Studio i Summer Hours: June 14, 2015 - September 7, 2015

During the day, Studio i is open to groups by reservation only.

General Public Drop-in Hours:
Ages 10-18
Tuesday -Thursday 3pm -6pm
Friday 3-4:30pm

Sound booth Studio i:
Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-5:30pm
Friday 3pm-4:30pm
Call the Loft 704-416-4660 (between 2-3pm) to book last ˝ hour

Individuals ages 10-18 and families w/children 8 and up
Saturday 10:30am - 12pm and 3pm-4:30pm

During CMS Holidays and Workdays: 10:30am-12pm. Group reservations only. Signup
Intro to Studio i Software
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Teens, ages 12-18, 3pm-6pm


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