Community Programs

BOOK CITY is filled with the spirit that reading matters. Books connect us with new experiences. Stories shape us. Get involved with one of the region’s cool programs and projects.


The Roanoke Times 2017 Scavenger Hunt
Find the listed items in your reading this year and report your hunt results to paper’s The Back Cover Blog.


Roanoke Valley Reads
For five years running, books have sparked meaningful community conversation through Roanoke Valley Reads, now a project of Blue Ridge Literacy. Stay tuned for news on RVR 2017!

Hoot and Holler: Our Stories. Out Loud.
Lee Hunsaker’s storytelling initiative explores individual lives and the connections between us. It’s like The Moth, but local. Attend a themed night of our stories out loud and watch for the project to grow with story writing workshops, collections, and recordings.


Turn the Page Foundation
Providing every child in the Roanoke Valley with his or her own library of books during the crucial early years of life.

Star City Reads
Roanoke’s campaign for grade-level reading proficiency, featuring innovative programs and partnerships like Books on Buses, Feed and Read, and the Roanoke Baby Board Book in collaboration with the Turn the Page Foundation.

Roanoke Valley Reading Council
The Roanoke Valley Reading Council is actively engaged in the promotion of literacy among teachers, students, parents, and the communities throughout the Valley.

Blue Ridge Literacy
Helping language learners  gain the literacy skills they need to achieve their life goals and find success in many other areas of life through Basic Literacy services, ESOL services, and citizenship preparation tutoring.


Roanoke Public Library Foundation
The Foundation makes it possible for interested persons to bequeath money, property, or other forms of endowment to the Roanoke Public Library system to encourage literacy and cultural appreciation.

Little Free Libraries (PDF) 
Need a new read?  Swap out a book at one of these neighborhood book boxes. There are many varieties: painted by local artists, funded by the Roanoke Arts Commission, built by the Roanoke or Salem Rotaries, or installed by fun, giving, bookish volunteers.

Writer By Bus
Each year RIDE Solutions, Valley Metro, and the Roanoke Arts Commission team up to highlight public transportation in the city with performing, visual, and literary arts. Visit the Writer by Bus online and look for them in March and April, perhaps next to you on your way to work.