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Verse & Vino Season!

The start of summer means Verse & Vino is in sight! The committee began planning almost as soon as last year’s wine bottles were cleared, and the annual Book Expo America marks the start of one of the most important components: the search for the magical mix of five New York Times best-selling authors to headline the evening. This year presenting sponsor PNC Bank joined Foundation staff to meet publishers and hear from hundreds of authors releasing books this year. Be the first to hear about our 2019 author lineup by following us on Facebook! 

Bigger, Better, Together

When The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was chosen as the featured title for Community Read 2019, Outreach Channel Leader and project manager Meryle Leonard saw an opportunity. “The themes in this book are so relevant and timely, we knew we’d need partners with different experiences and expertise. It was a natural opportunity to position the Library system as a convener and a platform for programs and dialogue that may be facilitated by others,” Meryle explains.

Community Read Reaches Beyond Books

Community Read 2019 is over – but the conversations and relationships it sparked continue. And that was the point. Throughout March, our community came together around books. This year’s featured titles, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, and Love by Matt de la Peña provided readers of all ages opportunities to discuss important themes of compassion, perspective and understanding.

The Next Draught

Bruce Moffett has been busy for years, but this month he’s especially busy. The chef and owner of Moffett Restaurant Group is the force behind some of Charlotte’s favorite restaurants – including Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford and Stagioni. This week he opens N.C. Red, and he’s just launched a cookbook, Bruce Moffett Cooks: A New England Chef in a New South Kitchen.

Community Read 2019 Emphasizes Community

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announces that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas will be the main title for its annual Community Read program, held March 2019. The Library will lead a month-long community-wide effort to have adults and teens read and discuss The Hate U Give. To ensure the whole family participates, the Library has also selected companion titles for preteens and children: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and Love by Matt de la Peña.

Authenticity, Literacy and Community

Authenticity. An authentic storyline was the goal for The President is Missing  when Bill Clinton and James Patterson began writing. And an authentic love of books and literacy was the impression they conveyed to an audience of over 1,000 readers on November 29 at the Knight Theater.

Books, Beer...and Connection

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s Friends Council began its Final Draught series in 2017 with a simple goal: To connect new audiences with the Library by inviting diverse and charismatic local thought leaders to discuss a wide range of topics. With generous sponsorship from Red Ventures, Final Draught has become a hot ticket, featuring topics ranging from the local food scene to side hustles in the gig economy to authentic leadership. Audiences come for the beer, the books, the topics…and increasingly, the networking.

Bring Your Book Club to Verse & Vino!

Books, wine, food…sounds like a great book club meeting, doesn’t it? It’s also Verse & Vino. We sometimes describe Verse & Vino as a community of readers coming together to celebrate the joy of libraries, and it’s no surprise that book clubs across the region have made it an annual destination.