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

The Library Foundation’s biggest event of the year is this month. Here’s how to experience it.
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This content was created in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.


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.

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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

Photo via Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

Cost: $1,250
What’s included:

  • 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

Photo via Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

Cost: $300
What’s included:

  • 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
Cost: $125
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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