Who's Who at ImaginOn Presents... Cynthia McDonald!


Ever wondered who the lucky people are that get to work at ImaginOn every day? Welcome to our Who’s Who at ImaginOn column, where we’ll feature people who work in all corners of this magical building, from the scene shop and costume shop of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to the circulation desk, the Spangler Library and Teen Loft of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Say hello next time you see us in the building!


What is your name?

Cynthia McDonald

What is your position/company/role at ImaginOn?

Spangler Library Manager

What does that actually mean you do every day?

I work with the Spangler team to plan and schedule cool library programs, help customers find really good books to read, and work with other managers to promote library services.

If I were walking around the building, how would I recognize you?

I’m the crazy lady walking around humming whatever song was playing that day in storytime.

What is the absolute coolest or weirdest or most fun part about your job at ImaginOn working for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library?

I get to dress up in all kinds of awesome costumes for special programs offered in the library.

You know that game “Two Truths and a Lie,” where you give three facts, and two of them are true and one is false? What are two truths and a lie about you? (*Scroll to the end for the false one!)

1. As a teenager I worked in the Gulf of Mexico as a deckhand on a shrimpboat.

2. I was driving a car when it was hit by a train on a RR crossing.

3. I played the electric guitar in an all-girl band in high school.

What is your favorite book, and what is your favorite play?

Favorite Play – “Beauty and the Beast”! It was the most magical experience of my life!

Favorite Book –“Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery

What did you do before you came to ImaginOn?

Before ImaginOn I worked part-time in the circulation department at our University City branch library during the day and I was the Night Librarian at a Technical College until 11pm each evening.

If you could live in any imaginary world, what would it be and why?

I would live in a fantastical garden with lush beautiful flowers, dense hanging willow trees, paths, benches, fountains, and unexpected surprises around every corner! The first time I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I was completely enveloped into the story. I lost myself inside the lives of the characters and especially into the author’s vivid description of that mysterious garden. It was the first time I remember feeling as though I were actually “living” within a narrative. This experience was extremely impactful for me as a young girl living in a troubled home. Through this amazing book I discovered the wonderful world of fiction and have been an enthusiastic, avid reader ever since!


*The falsehood: I didn’t play the electric guitar in an all-girl band in high school.