Oct 11, 2021 - Partners

The Library Foundation’s biggest event of the year is this month. Here’s how to experience it.


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Verse & Vino, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s signature annual fundraiser, is happening on November 4.

The event will feature New York Times bestselling authors, at-home party packages, a co-branded beer with Town Brewing Co. (to be released at a viewing party), and more.

  • According to the Verse & Vino website, the event is a “celebration of reading, writing and the joy of libraries.

Why it’s important: This event is a major fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, which helps support the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s services and programs.

First things first: Last year, Verse & Vino was reimagined into a virtual event due to the pandemic. It was a success, so this year’s event will be a hybrid of virtual streaming options and in-person gatherings.

  • New this year is a viewing party at Town Brewing Co. with a beer brewed just for Verse & Vino (more on that below).

The goal is to give guests plenty of options so they can experience the event exactly as they want to — whether that means curling up on the couch or heading out on the town.

There are five featured authors, plus a bonus debut author:

There are lots of ways to experience Verse & Vino — here’s a quick guide to four of them.

Town Brewing Viewing Party

Cost: $150
What’s included:

  • Program at Town Brewing Co.
  • One book of your choice
  • Two drink tickets
  • Food available for purchase

More info: Town Brewing Co. brewed the beer — called CommonSpark — specifically for Verse & Vino. It’s “crisp and approachable with soft malt character balanced by American hops, fermented with ale yeast at cooler temperatures,” according to head brewer Brian Quinn.

  • “We’re really big on the philanthropic side of the business — we want to be a force for good within the community,” Quinn said when asked why he decided to brew a beer for the library.

After Verse & Vino, the beer will be available in grocery stores, and a portion of the proceeds will support the Library Foundation’s CommonSpark campaign.

Party Package

Cost: $1,250
What’s included:

Photo via Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
  • Secure viewing link
  • Appetizers for 10 from Table and Twine (this year’s menu is Artisan Street Tacos)
  • 2 bottles of Verse & Vino wine
  • 10 CommonSpark beers
  • Branded favors and gifts
  • 2 autographed Book Bundles (each includes 1 autographed book from each of the 5 Verse & Vino authors)
  • Delivery within the Charlotte region

Date Night

Cost: $300
What’s included:

Photo via Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
  • Secure viewing link
  • Dinner for 2 from Table and Twine (includes shrimp cocktail, short ribs, whipped potatoes, vegetables and dark chocolate bread pudding)
  • 1 bottle of Verse & Vino wine
  • 2 CommonSpark beers
  • Branded favors and gifts
  • 1 autographed book of your choice
  • Delivery within the Charlotte region

Individual ticket
What’s included:

  • Secure viewing link
  • 1 book of your choice

Ready to get reading? Learn more about Verse and Vino and snag your tickets.


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