★ Rachelle Kuehl on Reading and Writing Rural  (Podcast Episode 3.6)

What can Appalachian fourth graders tell you about rural lives? A lot, it turns out. Rachelle Kuehl's dissertation at Virginia Tech focused on the analysis of fourth grade writing to get a better understanding of the role of reading and writing in perceptions of places. Of course long-lived Applachian stereotypes aren't true, and books and… Continue reading ★ Rachelle Kuehl on Reading and Writing Rural  (Podcast Episode 3.6)

★ Rosenthal book launch: LIVING QUEER HISTORY Dec. 7

Join readers and local history buffs for an in-person book launch of Gregory Samantha Rosenthal's Living Queer History. Roanoke College history professor Samantha Rosenthal will launch their new book Living Queer History, Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 pm at the main branch of the Roanoke City Library. Based on more than 40 interviews with LGBTQ elders, Living Queer History tells the story of… Continue reading ★ Rosenthal book launch: LIVING QUEER HISTORY Dec. 7

★ Change Academy continues with a look at CITY PLAN 2040

The Fall 21 Change Academy will feature a three-part deep dive into CITY PLAN 2040. We'll meet virtually on three consecutive Monday evenings, October 25 through November 8, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Over the course of four books, we've explored racism from a historical perspective, through its personal and longstanding impacts, and how it… Continue reading ★ Change Academy continues with a look at CITY PLAN 2040

★ Local News Site to Launch in Roanoke: Writers sought

There's great news for those who understand the importance of the local press as a community builder. Former Roanoke Times reporter Henri Gendreau is behind the effort, which he describes as a "local investigative news and literary website in Roanoke." The site will focus on local news, and also feature occasional original poetry and fiction… Continue reading ★ Local News Site to Launch in Roanoke: Writers sought

★ Saturday morning, 6/26: Tomás in the neighborhood

These children's plays aren't just for children! Tomás and the Library Lady is an entertaining one hour musical about the power of books and caring people in our lives. Pictured above are actors Brenda Ortiz and Chris Valenzuela. Join folks from the Latinas Network, Roanoke Public Libraries, and BOOK CITY Roanoke on Saturday, June 26th, for Mill… Continue reading ★ Saturday morning, 6/26: Tomás in the neighborhood

★ Celebrate Juneteenth and the refreshed Gainsboro Library this week

The well loved Gainsboro Library has had a refresh. This 100-year old institution was one of only four libraries in the south to serve Black patrons during segregation, and has served generations of neighbors and book lovers since first opening in the YMCA a century ago. At its 15 Patton Avenue location, you can attend… Continue reading ★ Celebrate Juneteenth and the refreshed Gainsboro Library this week

★ Read along for a welcoming community: MMT presents TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

Books can do all kinds of things. Well, books and the people who love them. Take Roanoke's stance as a welcoming community. What might books have to do with that? Let's ask Mill Mountain Theatre. Roanoke's Mill Mountain Theatre has long connected theatre and reading. This year, their outreach performance is of the children's book… Continue reading ★ Read along for a welcoming community: MMT presents TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

★ It’s Independent Bookstore Day

It's Independent Bookstore Day: Saturday, April 21, 2021. Join the national party celebrating all the things that make indie bookstores fun and exciting. Locally, Book No Further has exclusive and limited-edition books, including Indiestore releases from Stephen King, Jeff Vandermeer, Nigella Lawson and Nikki Giovanni, available only at participating indie bookstores. Exclusives In the Tall Grass by Stephen KingBeing Alive is a Good… Continue reading ★ It’s Independent Bookstore Day

★ Change the World with THE SUFFRAGIST PLAYBOOK – May 6

Q: Who held the very first march on Washington, D.C., and were the first people to ever picket the White House? A: The suffragists. Learn more history about these change makers, and visit virtually with Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts, the authors of The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World (Candlewick Press,… Continue reading ★ Change the World with THE SUFFRAGIST PLAYBOOK – May 6