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Bookmarks | New Dominion to host Graywolf poets, local authors at Northside Library and more

New Dominion Bookshop will present a reading with Graywolf poets Leah Naomi Green and Kaveh Akbar at 10 a.m. Saturday to celebrate Graywolf Press. Green and Akbar will read their essays from “Raised by Wolves: Fifty Poets on Fifty Poems, a Graywolf Anthology.”

Green, who teaches environmental studies and English at Washington and Lee University, is the author of “The More Extravagant Feast,” which Li-Young Lee selected for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.

Akbar is the author of the novel “Martyr!” and the poetry collections “Pilgrim Bell” and “Calling a Wolf a Wolf.” He teaches at Purdue University and in low-residency programs at Warren Wilson College and Randolph College.

The staff recommends arriving early to get the best seating. For details, go to or call (434) 295-2552.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library offers the following book-related events in the coming week:

■ 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Greene County Library: Wiggle Time is a storytime event for ages 1 to 2 with parents or caregivers. Literacy skills are built with stories, songs, movement, action rhymes and other methods. A short social playtime follows with toys provided by Friends of the Greene County Library.

■ 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library: Scout, a licensed therapy dog, will be waiting at Paws to Read to listen while beginning readers ages 18 and younger gain confidence reading aloud. Scout also will listen to oral presentations and to students of foreign languages who are practicing pronunciations. To sign up for a 20-minute reading session, call the children’s desk at (434) 973-7893, Ext. 5.

■ 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Gordon Avenue Library: Therapy dogs Mac or Penny will listen during Paws to Read time. Sign up for a 15-minute slot at (434) 296-5544.

■ 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Louisa County Library: Writing Group is an informal event for adults and teens that meets on the fourth Thursday of every month to read, write, share, play writing games and share strategies.

■ 10 a.m. Friday at Scottsville Library: Frozen Fun, an event for all ages, includes a screening of the film “Frozen,” snacks and craft time.

■ 2 p.m. Friday at Central Library: Life-Sized Candy Land offers game fans of all ages a chance to show up with their teams or families and play a giant version of Candy Land. For details, email

■ 1 p.m. Saturday at Scottsville Library: Saturday Cinema: Animal Fun will offer a screening of “Fly Away Home” with popcorn. Plan ahead for upcoming screenings of “Groundhog Day” on Feb. 3, “Homeward Bound” on Feb. 24, “Free Willy” on March 2, “Pete’s Dragon” on March 23 and “Babe” on March 30.

■ 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Northside Library: Local authors Brooke Campbell and Cade Haddock Strong will speak about fantasy and romance epic stories. Register online at or call (434) 973-7893, Ext. 4.

■ 2 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Avenue Library: There will be a screening of “Tender: An Alternative Model for the End of Life,” followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer time led by Hospice of the Piedmont; Stephanie Bonney, general manager of Panorama Natural Burial; and Kate Adamson, an interfaith minister, chaplain and death doula. Registration, which is optional, will give the staff the ability to send you a reminder before the event.

■ 4:30 p.m. Monday at Nelson Memorial Library: Basic Sewing Machine Class for teens offers information, tips and tricks.

■6:30 p.m. Monday at Crozet Library: Altered Books Mixed-Media Workshop offers teens 14 and older and adults time to update an upcycled book into a mixed-media art creation. Registration is requested, but not required.

■ All day Tuesday at Nelson Memorial Library: Makerspace Open House includes the grand opening of the new Makerspace area and demonstrations of all the devices.

■ 4 p.m. Tuesday at Nelson Memorial Library: Birds in Your Yard, a program for ages 7 to 10, gives young people a chance to make bird feeders and learn about the diverse species of birds and their survival instincts from Kathie Driscoll from the Nature Foundation.

For a complete schedule of storytimes and programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, go to

Revalation Vineyards will present a Book World Meets Wine World event with New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow at 5 p.m. Feb. 2. Harrow will read from and discuss her latest book, “Starling House,” in the tasting room.

The free event is open for visitors ages 21 and older. Wine and verjus will be available. Books can be purchased, and Harrow will be available to sign them for a limited time during the evening. For information, call (540) 407-1236.

Gordonsville Friends of the Library will have its winter quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Gordonsville Library. Everyone is welcome.


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