As the caboose of the weekend following Thanksgiving (starting with the infamous Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday) Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to focus on and celebrate the places and people who strengthen and support our community. Obviously, here at the Library Foundation, we want to shine a spotlight on our libraries and library staff.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation was back at the Charlotte Convention Center at Verse & Vino this year. We are thrilled to announce that we had 1,100 people in attendance and raised over $475,000… with donations still coming in. If there is a group of people more dedicated, enthusiastic and committed to improving and strengthening an organization like the Library, it’s our Verse & Vino guests. They’re the reason why we are one of America’s leading urban public libraries.
This year we were joined once again by our emcee Sheri Lynch and five outstanding New York Times bestselling authors: David Baldacci, Sarah McCoy, Javier Zamora, Megan Giddings, and Adriana Trigiani.
The Buzz: A fan of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler? Then we’ve found your new favorite.
Verse & Vino is back with New York Times bestselling authors David Baldacci, Adriana Trigiani and more
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation announces the ninth annual Verse & Vino — an evening of great writers, great wine and library supporters. The evening will feature New York Times bestselling authors David Baldacci, Adriana Trigiani, Megan Giddings and Sarah McCoy plus newcomer Javier Zamora.
The Buzz: Hop on for another spine-tingling ride with a mystery-writing maestro
The Buzz: A 1970s sun-kissed romp on a star-studded private island (with cameos from a Rolling Stone and a British Royal)
The Buzz: “A comedy writer with a heart of gold” (New York Times) weaves 21st century Italian family dynamics with long buried secrets in her latest novel
The Buzz: a highly anticipated debut from the acclaimed poet has been hailed as “the mythic journey of our era” (Sandra Cisneros)
How fortunate we are to call New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs neighbor, friend and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library supporter.
To a crowd of almost 200 Kathy entertained with tales of her real-life adventures dealing in mind-boggling murders and macabre mysteries with a delightful dose of humor.
If our March 30 event “Conversation with New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict” is any indicator, the answer is no. With almost 200 people registered for the event, it’s clear that virtual events are here to stay at the Library Foundation, even as our in-person events begin again.
Join us for a live conversation on March 30th with New York Times bestselling historical fiction author Marie Benedict about her latest novel Her Hidden Genius. Benedict’s powerful new work shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind. Join the author on Wednesday, March 30th at noon to learn more about the inspiration behind her latest real-life heroine, Rosalind Franklin.
The Library’s month-long event — Community Read — inspires an active dialogue through discussions, book clubs and events hosted with community partners. This year’s spokespeople Library CEO and Chief Librarian Marcellus “MT” Turner and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles will help amplify the importance of this year’s event theme and join a goal of 10,000 participants. That’s 10% of Mecklenburg County!
New beer will support CommonSpark campaign
An Evening with Annette Gordon-Reed
Moderated by Carol Quillen
Featuring “On Juneteenth”
May 18, 2021 at Town Brewing Company
January 26, 2021 over Zoom
February 23, 2021 over Zoom
March 23, 2021 over Zoom
Make your plans today!
Make your plans today!
“Libraries are essential to a healthy democracy.”
Emcee Sheri Lynch shares the big news!
Five best-selling authors headline an all-new digital platform
We make celebrating easy with a party box, books and wine – delivered!
Innovative new format makes Verse & Vino more inclusive than ever.
June 17, 2020 on Facebook Live
May 27, 2020 on Facebook Live
Completely reimagined, the city’s biggest book club can be even bigger!
April 30, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 28, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 23, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 21, 2020 on Facebook Live
Live chats with an author – from their homes to yours.
April 16, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 14, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 9, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 7, 2020 on Facebook Live
April 2, 2020 on Facebook Live
March 31, 2020 on Facebook Live
There’s an epic component reserved for teens – and that’s by design.
June 8, 2017 at 7th Street Public Market
Septtember 14, 2017 at Flight
January 25, 2018 at 7th Street Public Market
March 15, 2018 at Camp North End
August 9, 2018 at Camp North End
November 15, 2019 at Elder Gallery
April 23, 2019 at Town Brewing Company
August 13, 2019 at Town Brewing Company
January 15, 2020 at Town Brewing Company
EpicFest and the Power of Family Literacy, by Mark I. West, PhD
Books by featured authors!
“There are dangers to underestimating one another.”
President Bill Clinton and James Patterson shared their love of books and literacy.
Audiences come for the beer, the books, the topics…and increasingly, the networking.
“The perfect convergence of setting and experience,” by Mark I. West
An epic start to a lifetime of literacy is the legacy of one family.
“We’re all Library users. Finding a way for our book club to support the Library was a natural fit.”
“I literally can’t do what I do without libraries.”
“We take for granted the power of the written word.”
A scientist, a designer, a banker, and an organic farmer walked into a bar.
Food from home, long days, maxed-out credit cards, and turning dreams into opportunity.
Featuring universal connections between place, people, food and stories.
There are no upcoming events at this time.