★ Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry on “First Learned, Last Lost”

Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry memorized a poem for National Poetry Month and our Poetry by Heart project. The poem "First Learned, Last Lost" is by Darby Lyons, a Henry's high school classmate. "Seeing her passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter encouraged me to read poetry more," said Henry. Learn more about… Continue reading ★ Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry on “First Learned, Last Lost”

★ Begins Thursday 4/4: New Connections Book Club – THE COLOR OF LAW

The New Connections Book Club will meet three times around a nonfiction work by Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (W. W. Norton, 2017). Meetings will be held on three Thursday evenings in April from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the teen meeting room of the Roanoke Main… Continue reading ★ Begins Thursday 4/4: New Connections Book Club – THE COLOR OF LAW

★ Book No Further (than this) new location

Roanoke's downtown bookstore has moved to bright new digs on the Market at 112 Market St., SE. "We learned in the move that books are heavy," said CFO Craig Coker. "And we learned that we have a lot of supporters who want us to succeed and were willing to help." The move might have only… Continue reading ★ Book No Further (than this) new location

★ New Connections Book Club : THE COLOR OF LAW

The New Connections Book Club will meet three times around a nonfiction work by Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (W. W. Norton, 2017). Meetings will be held on three Thursday evenings in April from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the teen meeting room of the Roanoke Main… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club : THE COLOR OF LAW

★ Free Roanoke Valley Reads Events tonight and Friday

Hear Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, at the following free events this week. Reading - Thursday, 10/4 at 8:15 in the Visual Arts Center, Hollins University Q & A - Friday, 10/5 at 11:00 in the Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University Talk - "Radical Empathy" -… Continue reading ★ Free Roanoke Valley Reads Events tonight and Friday

★ Celebrating WELCOMING WEEK with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy

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

★ Fall Readings at Hollins University

There probably isn't a better Roanoke Valley location for authors to read than on the campus of Hollins University. Whether it's before the guided mirror of the Green Drawing Room, among the publications of Hollins authors in the Hollins Room of the Wyndham Robertson Library, or in one of the auditoriums, the audience at Hollins… Continue reading ★ Fall Readings at Hollins University

★ YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST selected as 2018 Roanoke Valley Read

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Back Bay Books, 2016) has been selected as the 2018 Roanoke Valley Read. Author Sunil Yapa will visit Roanoke October 4-6 to read from and discuss the book at Hollins University. He will also participate in Cityworks X(po), presenting a talk on "Radical Empathy." Community… Continue reading ★ YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST selected as 2018 Roanoke Valley Read

★ Poetry and life in a creative community. Contribute to Wasena’s Mockingbird Mural Project today.

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.

★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

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