What's the Verse & Vino Committee Reading?

They're reading this year's featured titles, of course! Each year, a committee of volunteers plans the Foundation's largest fundraising event. This year, the committee includes Kara Hunt, Eboni Lewis, Corrie Manis, Casey Kaufmann, Caton Morris, Maddie Myers and Anne Schmitt. The committee works hard, but one perk of the job is reading pre-published copies of the year's featured titles. The following are excerpts from their book reports:  

What are Middle Schoolers Reading?

School starts very soon, and we hope the kids in your lives have been reading all summer! We asked two middle schoolers - Alex Fleischli and Kathleen Stubbing - what they've been reading - and they're reading a lot!   Alex Fleischli  Alex is an avid reader and rising 7th grader. He's the son of local author and Library supporter Kimmery Martin Fleischli, and when he’s not reading he enjoys soccer, basketball, swimming and video games.  Alex recommends:

What's Gavin Edwards Reading?

We asked Charlottean and New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards to tell us what's on his bookshelf, and he shared A READING LIST FOR MY FRIENDS:

What's Mark West Reading?

Mark I. West, PhD is a professor and scholar in Children's Literature and Chair of the Department of English at UNC-Charlotte. He believes children's literature is defined by its audience - and the Library keeps him in touch with young readers. Since his arrival in Charlotte in 1984, Mark has brought stories, insight, scholarship - and puppetry! - to Library programs and events, and he is a key member of  the EpicFest literary festival planning committee. Last month Mark was awarded the University's Bonnie E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement Award.

What's Sky Dudley Reading?

What does a poet read? Sky is one of 20 local poets inspiring customers at Main Library with his words during National Poetry Month. He shared the books that inspire him.  Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. The entire series. It was the first series that completely wrapped me in and absorbed me. The first and only book I’ve waited in line for. Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. It’s a book about a gorilla learning philosophy. It’s a deep and inspiring book that can change the way you think.

What's Patrice Gopo Reading?

We asked Patrice Gopo -  library advocate and the author of All the Colors We Will See -  what she reads for inspiration:  As the black American daughter of Jamaican immigrants, I often write about ideas related to race, racial identity formation, migration, and belonging. I love reading books that connect with these themes and—perhaps—overlap, in some way, with my experience. Here are some of my favorites.

What's Glenn Burkins Reading?

We asked the editor and publisher of Qcitymetro to tell us about his favorite books - and he shared a literary travelogue: For me, the best books are those that take me on a journey, allowing me to experience a life I could otherwise never know. 

What Have YOU Been Reading?

‘Tis the season for top ten lists, and Library staff have compiled the most-checked-out titles of 2018 by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library users. Adult Fiction (combined print and digital)