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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! 

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.

Telling Untold Tales

The final comment of this year’s Carnegie Circle donor appreciation event summed up the evening: “When I was 15 years old, I had a job as an usher in a movie house outside Philly. There, I fell in love with Hedy Lamarr for the first time. Tonight, I feel alive again!” Longtime Library supporter Bernie Hargadon addressed featured author Marie Benedict amid 150 cheering donors who shared his enthusiasm.

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.

Together, We Continue to Grow

There were more spreadsheets than champagne at the celebration, but with your support your Library Foundation just closed another successful fiscal year. In fiscal year 2018, private investment in our Library totaled over $1.8 million. These funds support Library programming for all ages, digital and print resources systemwide, and the innovative initiatives that make your Library a leader in the field, prepared to meet changing public needs and priorities in new ways.

Inspired Support

Sometimes one investment inspires another. This summer, The Cannon Foundation recognized the need for some upkeep at the Mint Hill and Hickory Grove Library locations, and generously allocated discretionary funding to refresh those branches. Encouraged by this private investment, Director of Libraries David Singleton, Mint Hill branch manager Jesse Isley and longtime Library supporter, volunteer, and Mint Hill resident Carol Hull met with Town Manager Brian Welch about additional support from the town.

Books, Wine, and So Much More

When Kara Hunt started her book club, Rosé and Prosé, in January of 2017 the goal was simple: bring together a group of women to share books and wine. Kara and about a dozen other women met every other month and did just that – and the group toasted their first year at Verse & Vino in November. That’s where an idea was born.