September 14 - 23 marks Welcoming Week, a national effort led locally by the City of Roanoke and a dozen nonprofit organizations. Planned events will bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to promote the benefits of welcoming everyone in our community. To mark Welcoming Week, we asked Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila S. Umberger and Blue… Continue reading ★ Celebrating WELCOMING WEEK with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy
Writers gather monthly at Eagle Rock Library to focus on the craft of memoir. While the group is currently on a summer hiatus, they’ll have room for another few writers as they get rolling again in September. Susan Mason hosts the group, and she offered a little background on the group as a little encouragement. BOOK… Continue reading ★ Susan Mason hosts Loose Threads memoir group at Eagle Rock Library
In honor of Pride month, Dr. Gregory Rosenthal offers a list of five books for better understanding LGBTQ+ experiences. Most are available for reading at the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library, located inside the Roanoke Diversity Center. First, a little background: Dr. Rosenthal, an assistant professor of public history at Roanoke College, co-founded the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON: LGBTQ+ experiences from public historian Gregory Rosenthal
Some of Roanoke’s favorite placemakers and city builders are taking a literary brush to Wasena’s commercial district. The project will cover a wall of the Wasena Getty Mart (1115 Main Street, SW), paying tribute to local poet Maurice Ferguson. Ferguson is literary editor of Artemis Journal, and has long encouraged new voices and an active… Continue reading ★ Poetry and life in a creative community. Contribute to Wasena’s Mockingbird Mural Project today.
How do we talk with each other about divisive issues? Katherine Devine pulled this book group together after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. As "Sam's (Book) Club (on Civil Discourse)," we read The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, and the group met twice. The group is going to continue reading books on improving the… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY
Carilion Clinic's Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program understands the power of words. At least two of the artists in residence have been writers; the Burden Boat transforms words of personal struggle in a ritual of community healing; and Poetry in the Waiting Room touches guests and patients across the healthcare system on a daily basis.… Continue reading ★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton
An opportunity offered Roanoke by its surrounding universities is a chance to retain some of the talented, energetic students the schools attract. During their tenure here, we introduce them to our community and hope that something sticks. Fortunately, Marissa Mazek stuck. The 28 year-old Roanoke Public Libraries community services assistant moved to Roanoke to attend… Continue reading ★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference
Thanks, Casey Fabris, Heather Rousseau, and Tad Dickens for terrific Roanoke Times coverage of the Finding Roanoke series and Dar Williams' What I Found in a Thousand Towns. Can you imagine what our community would be like without The Roanoke Times? Talk about building community in a BOOK CITY! I have to step out of… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Times features Finding Roanoke
Write Stuff!—Mill Mountain Theatre’s young playwrights program, returns for its second year in 2018. The playwriting competition is open to middle and high school students and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2017. Winning plays will be selected by a panel of Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) professional artists. The chosen plays will be performed… Continue reading ★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!
Beth Macy appeared at Book No Further this weekend to celebrate the opening of Doloris Vest's new bookstore and the paperback release of Macy's second book, Truevine (Back Bay Books, 2017). In presenting the motivation behind her work, the Roanoke based author points to the unexpected heroes she's drawn to. They fight the odds—against racial injustice,… Continue reading ★ History and the art of the possible: Beth Macy at Book No Further