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Evening of Spanish poetry beckons at New Dominion Bookshop

New Dominion Bookshop will present a reading with poets and University of Virginia Spanish professors Fernando Operé, Fernando Riva and Fernando Valverde at 7 p.m. Friday.

Operé, a professor at UVa since 1980, is a poet, historian and theater director. He has written several history books and 16 books of poetry.

Riva teachers medieval Castilian and Mediolatin literature. His latest book, “Books of Secret Wisdom: The Development of Magic in the Iberian Peninsula,” is expected to be published this spring. “Extensión de la gracia” is his first book of poetry.

Valverde, professor of poetry and Romanticism at UVa, is considered one of the pre-eminent poets writing in the Spanish language today.

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

New Dominion Bookshop also will present a book talk with Andrew Stauffer, an author, UVa professor of English and president of the Byron Society of America, at 4 p.m. Saturday. He will speak about his latest book, “Byron: A Life in Ten Letters,” and then he will take part in a conversation with Jerome McGann, author and UVa professor emeritus.

The book will be released from Cambridge University Press in late February, but attendees will get an opportunity to buy the book during Saturday’s event.

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

Stepping Stone will present New York Times bestselling author Elise Loehnen, co-author of 12 books and host of the “Pulling the Thread” podcast, Thursday at Vault Virginia.

Guests will arrive for drinks and appetizers in the Bradbury from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Then there will be a reading, conversation with moderator Lily West of TheSheLab and question-and-answer time at 6:30 p.m. in the Vault. A book signing for “On Our Best Behavior: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Price Women Pay to Be Good” begins at 7:30 p.m.

In her presentation, “The Price Women Pay to Be Good,” Loehnen will draw from social sciences, religion, philosophy and natural sciences to discuss the idea that women “have long been culturally programmed to fear being ‘bad’ and to suppress their emotions, their needs and their voices.”

Tickets are $60 and will include a copy of Loehnen’s book and light refreshments. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Stepping Stone, which helps newborns through 3-year-olds from under-resourced families in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County region. Learn more at To get tickets, go to

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library offers the following events:

3:30 p.m. Thursday at Greene County Library: Lego at the Library gives kindergartners through fifth-graders time to build with Lego bricks, which will be provided. Please leave your Legos at home. Required registration is limited to 25.

4:30 p.m. Thursday at Louisa County Library: Scene-Reading Group gathers to read aloud from short scripts, parts of plays or screenplays or transcribed scenes from pop culture. No acting experience is necessary.

7 p.m. Thursday at Scottsville Library: Open Mic Night for adults and teens welcomes poems, songs, comedy sketches, essays and other performances.

8 p.m. Thursday online: Orange County Library’s Online Author Program will present “Spice, Spirit and Swoon: A Guaranteed Happily Ever After with Rom-Com Author Tessa Bailey,” in which Bailey will discuss her latest sports-themed romance, “Fangirl Down.” Learn more at

1-5 p.m. Friday at Louisa County Library: AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation for all ages, especially for those older than 50 who can’t afford paid tax preparation. It’s by appointment only, so sign up at

2 p.m. Friday at Central Library: Langston Hughes Day, presented in recognition of Black History Month, gives youngsters a chance to learn more about the famous writer.

3:30 p.m. Friday at Orange County Main Library and 2 p.m. Monday at Wilderness Branch: An adult in-person craft program will explore the art of Washi Tape flowers.

5:30 p.m. Friday at Gordon Avenue Library: There will be a screening of “How to Train Your Dragon,” and interactive activities will help families become part of the action. Registration is requested.

10 a.m. Saturday at Northside Library: Students from Charlottesville Ballet Academy will teach some dance steps to children ages 5 to 9, who’ll bring their caregivers. Registration is required.

10 a.m. Saturday at Central Library: “Exploring African Roots,” a program presented with the Front Porch, will explore West African culture through songs, drumming and dance.

2 p.m. Saturday at Louisa County Library: A valentine card workshop lets young people make cards for family members and friends. All supplies are provided.

2 p.m. Saturday at Scottsville Library: There will be valentine-making time and live piano music in a creative event for all ages.

2 p.m. Sunday at Central Library: Artist and meditation teacher Dana Wheeles will lead a Valentine’s self-care mini-retreat with three activities focused on lovingkindness.

3:30 p.m. Monday at Greene County Library: Book Bats, a club for first- through third-graders, offers snacks, games and time to read aloud from a new book. Each participant receives a free book. Registration is required.

5 p.m. Tuesday at Central Library: Lunar New Year Party offers fun for the whole family.

■ 5 p.m. Tuesday at Crozet Library: Book Speed Dating helps readers ages 13 to 18 gauge their compatibility with new-to-them books.

■ 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Louisa County Library: Veterinarian Dr. Melinda McCall will be on hand for a book talk about her recent memoir, “Driving Home Naked.”

■ 11 a.m. Wednesday at Central Library: “Into the Archives: African American Ancestors,” offered for Black History Month, offers an introduction to genealogy in Charlottesville and Albemarle County with Miranda Burnett, JMRL’s historical collection librarian.

■ 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nelson Memorial Library: Blind Date with a Book gives teens a chance to read a book they hadn’t expected.


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