★ From the Podcast: Reader Thomas Fellers on Social Infrastructure

Roanoke resident Thomas Fellers offers two books for a conversation on social infrastructure as we continue our podcast conversations on Alone / Together: What draws us into community and sets us apart. Books discussed in this third episode of the season are Chang-rae Lee's ON SUCH A FULL SEA (Riverhead Books, 2014) and PALACES FOR… Continue reading ★ From the Podcast: Reader Thomas Fellers on Social Infrastructure

★ Season 3 of the Podcast kicks off

This season on the podcast, we're focusing on the theme "Alone / Together: What draws us into community and stands us apart." Larry I. Palmer, the author of Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race (Paul Dry Books, 2020) seemed an ideal candidate to talk about the topic, and he was. Palmer will be in conversation with… Continue reading ★ Season 3 of the Podcast kicks off

★ 2020 National Book Festival – online this weekend

Have you checked out the free online content of this weekend's National Book Festival? Register and login this weekend to hear a wealth of great authors without standing in line at the Washington Convention Center. The Festival premieres on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, at 9 a.m. ET with an additional day of… Continue reading ★ 2020 National Book Festival – online this weekend

★ Change Academy underway, attended by 55

The Roanoke Change Academy, our online discussion of policy approaches to change inspired by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, kicked off on Monday, 9/14. Three more weeks remain in the event hosted by BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke and the Roanoke Public Libraries. The first hour-long discussion engaged 55 residents. You can… Continue reading ★ Change Academy underway, attended by 55

★ Roanoke Change Academy starts Monday 9/14

Join your neighbors in thinking through what it might take to remove systemic racism. We’re calling it the Roanoke Change Academy, and we’re doing it as we read the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Each of the four sessions occurs online with special speakers and a panel discussion at 6:30 on Monday… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Change Academy starts Monday 9/14

★ Hollins announces fall readings

The fall readings at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University will be virtual this year, but the public is still invited. Request to attend via teleconference using the form below. All readings will be at 7:30 PM. Get bios and more schedule information here. Sept. 10: Lia PurpuraSept. 24: Kaveh AkbarOct. 8:… Continue reading ★ Hollins announces fall readings

★ 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Aug. 25

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and August has been named National Women's Suffrage month.  To celebrate, Roanoke County Library Director Shari Henry interviewed several women leaders in the region, many of whom will be joining an online conversation at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 25. The women will discuss… Continue reading ★ 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Aug. 25

★ Sign up your group as a participating partner in the Roanoke Change Academy

Sign up your group as a Change Academy partner to encourage attendance, and continue the conversation and action as part of your ongoing work together. What's it mean to be a partner? Simply that you're signing on as a group to continue the conversation, the exploration, and or advocacy -- however it makes sense for… Continue reading ★ Sign up your group as a participating partner in the Roanoke Change Academy