★ THE PUBLIC screened and discussed at South County Library 10/29

As part of New Connections: Let’s Talk series, Roanoke County Public Library (RCPL) is excited to announce movie screenings with post-viewing panel discussions. The first will be a screening of “The Public” followed by a panel discussion with local experts in homelessness, mental health, libraries, and law enforcement, on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00pm at… Continue reading ★ THE PUBLIC screened and discussed at South County Library 10/29

★ Book club kick-off Tuesday night 10/22

The Stamped from the Beginning Book Club will host a preview night on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 PM at Melrose Library. The event is free, and no registration is required. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is a thorough and well analyzed look what… Continue reading ★ Book club kick-off Tuesday night 10/22

★ Writer by Bus celebrates five years with Oct. 22 reading

Join the Writers by Bus for a collective reading of their work. The reading will take place at 7:30 on October 22nd in the Visual Arts Center auditorium on the campus of Hollins University. The event will feature the 2019 Writer by Bus Lucy Marcus. The Writer by Bus effort is part of Art by… Continue reading ★ Writer by Bus celebrates five years with Oct. 22 reading

★ Stamped from the Beginning Book Club at Melrose Library Oct. 22

Did you attend the Indecent Histories event in late August with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Justin Phillip Reed? Are you currently reading Stamped from the Beginning? Do you want to go deeper in conversation on the history of racist ideas with neighbors? How'd we get where we are? Where can we go next? Join… Continue reading ★ Stamped from the Beginning Book Club at Melrose Library Oct. 22

★ Thursday: Arts & Humanities in the City of Roanoke

On Thursday, October 10, Americans for the Arts will be in town to release local data on the impact of arts and culture in the City of Roanoke. Of course, residents of a BOOK CITY know there's something to this. We use the arts and humanities to connect us, to go deeper, to better understand… Continue reading ★ Thursday: Arts & Humanities in the City of Roanoke

★ Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

Our lives are richer because of the arts and humanities. They also make our communities stronger. In Roanoke, the City and the community see arts and culture as tools for engaging neighborhoods, creating opportunities for lifelong learning, and contributing as an industry cluster for a vibrant regional economy. Roanoke's not alone. Communities throughout the region… Continue reading ★ Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

★ Writing and Reading as an Act of Rebellion with Brad Stephens (Podcast Episode 1.11)

Our exploration of Identity and Action wraps with podcast producer Brad Stephens. In this episode, we look back at the entire season. We'll talk about books, many of this season's guests, and what these conversations are adding up to, touching on empathy and books, books and the unlikeable, writing and wisdom, the complexity of each of us.… Continue reading ★ Writing and Reading as an Act of Rebellion with Brad Stephens (Podcast Episode 1.11)

★ PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE discussion

A dozen people gathered at South County Library for a discussion of Eric Klinenberg's Palaces for the People this week at New Connections: Let's Talk! This next phase of the civil discourse book club includes both books and film and enjoys coordination and hosting by Roanoke County Public Libraries. The group will meet one more time,… Continue reading ★ PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE discussion

★ GONE WITH THE BOOK historical novel book club to start

Kathy, a BOOK CITY resident, is interested in starting a book club for lovers of historical novels.  "I want to focus on novels that are realistic and perhaps based on actual historical events," she says. Here are some titles she says might fit that bill: The Irishman’s Daughter, The Long Flight Home, The Crossing of… Continue reading ★ GONE WITH THE BOOK historical novel book club to start