★ Share a book that matters on season four of the podcast

In season four of our podcast, sponsored by Book No Further, we're exploring "Books that Matter." We're seeking readers, writers, and active community members whose civic work is shaped by their reading. What book inspired your path, shaped your views on our world? What book reinforces your commitment, fuels you, and underpins that stick-to-it-ness required… Continue reading ★ Share a book that matters on season four of the podcast

★ Podcast Season 4 – Shari Henry on caring for our democracy

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (Tim Duggan Books, 2017) is an ideal book to launch season four. This season we're exploring BOOKS THAT MATTER--books that challenge us and shape the way we think and act. And return guest Shari Henry is an ideal guide for a look at our first book, which draws 20 lessons… Continue reading ★ Podcast Season 4 – Shari Henry on caring for our democracy

★ Beth Macy in Conversation at the Grandin, Friday 10/28

Join our community in a free conversation with Raising Lazarus author Beth Macy on Friday, October 28, at 10 AM. Beth Macy in ConversationFriday, October 2810 - 11:30 AMGrandin Theatre1310 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015 Presented by Roanoke Public Libraries and the Roanoke Public Library Foundation, this event celebrates the role of reading together… Continue reading ★ Beth Macy in Conversation at the Grandin, Friday 10/28

★ Roanoke Self-Portrait Project: Third Monday Gallery Talks!

Join neighbors, artists and new friends at the Third Monday Gallery Talks as we explore the role of art in connecting us around the world and across the city. Prior to the third Monday evening City Council Meetings, the Municipal Building at 215 Church Avenue, SW will be open for a 6 PM Gallery Talk.… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Self-Portrait Project: Third Monday Gallery Talks!

★ On the podcast: Betsy Biesenbach on honoring Roanoke’s enslaved people

Betsy Biesenbach is doing the work of anti-racism as member of the Roanoke Universalist Unitarian Church and as a resident of Raleigh Court. Title searches led her to uncover the names of enslaved people who once lived on the land, and as a result has written a book for grades 3 and up to help… Continue reading ★ On the podcast: Betsy Biesenbach on honoring Roanoke’s enslaved people

★ Designing Creative Communities

We're taking a look at creating change locally through creative projects in our next Change Academy read.   A little background:  We've been looking for something that was a little action oriented with a focus on how-to. We found a fun book that is available at Book No Further.  While the book is self-published by… Continue reading ★ Designing Creative Communities

★ On the podcast: Garland Gravely on fashion & a multicultural lens

Garland Gravely combines his interest in fashion, multiculturalism, the ballroom scene, and community organizing in several Roanoke area endeavors. This conversation begins with a discussion of the late Andre Leon Talley's memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, and lands with an upcoming event celebrating Black history with ballroom legends. Roanoke native Garland Gravely is the House of… Continue reading ★ On the podcast: Garland Gravely on fashion & a multicultural lens

★ On the podcast: Beth Macy on empathy & the power of listening

Beth Macy's work (Factory Man, Truevine, Dopesick) is a call to action. From her roots growing up poor in Ohio through a career in journalism and now as bestselling author, the stories she's gravitated to--those she's chosen to tell--foster empathy with our neighbors who are suffering and struggling. Now with the opioid crises haven taken… Continue reading ★ On the podcast: Beth Macy on empathy & the power of listening