★ Raleigh Court Branch Library book club reading THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

New York Times columnist David Brooks delivers a surprise in introduction of his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Random House, 2019). He defines joy. He quotes Tolstoy and David Whyte. There's poetry and survey work on mysticism. Brooks has shed a rigid exoskeleton, and he's refreshingly frank, right from… Continue reading ★ Raleigh Court Branch Library book club reading THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

★ The bottom line on THE COLOR OF LAW: Read it.

The New Connections book club wrapped up their three-session discussion of Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The unanimous opinion was that the book is well worth the read. "How do we get it in more people's hands?" asked Sorell Murillo, the host of session three. In… Continue reading ★ The bottom line on THE COLOR OF LAW: Read it.

★ Monday: Share a poem at Poetry by Heart

Poetry can reach us in surprising ways, and to celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re coming together in a casual and fun meet-up to share those poems we hold in our hearts. Perhaps a poem has surprised you with insight, lifted you, or made you laugh at just the right time. Try committing it to memory… Continue reading ★ Monday: Share a poem at Poetry by Heart

★ 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