Story times: Area public libraries offer story programs for children of all ages. Go to their websites and click on the calendar to check out the offerings.
Library closures: Boise, Meridian, Caldwell, Nampa, Ada Community and Kuna libraries will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10. Garden City Library will be open.
Books & Brews: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 N. Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise. Meets the second Monday of every month to enjoy a relaxed chat about books. Talk about what you’re reading and hear about what others are enjoying. Facilitated by Boise Public Library staff.
Teen Creative Writing Workshop: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Ages 13-18.
Writers Bloc: The Craft of Ending a Story: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Meridian Library at Cherry Lane. Be prepared to discuss the craft of a certain genre, theme, etc. Often a segment to read will be emailed to the Writers Bloc email list the week before. Each month the topic will change, and it will be posted on the website and meetup as well as in the Writers Bloc email list. Sign up for email list or ask questions by emailing email@example.com.
Poetry Slam: 8-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Meridian Library at Silverstone, 3531 E. Overland Road. Sign-ups at 7:30, slam starts at 8. Come share your poetry and hear some amazing pieces by local artists.
Comic Book Book Club (for adults): 5:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Chat about comic books over a brew and a slice. We’ll choose three different titles each month for attendees to read one or all of and discuss. October’s titles: “Saga” Vol. 1 (No. 1-6), “Rat Queens: Sass & Sorcery” Vol. 1 (No. 1-5), “Suicide Squad, Kicked in the Teeth” Vol. 1 (No. 1-7).
Graphic Novel Book Club: 5:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Meridian Library at Cherry Lane. We will be meeting twice a month for graphic novels, pizza and comic stuff. This week’s novel is “Blue Exorcist” by Kazue Kato.
Mayor’s Book Club: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Boys & Girls Club of America, 911 N. Meridian Road. The club is full, but you may put your name on the waiting list at the Meridian Library’s event calendar at www.mld.org. For children grades 3-5. Oct. 13th is the first meeting; subsequent meetings will be held the second Thursday of the month. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
2nd Annual Boise Book Fest: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave. $10 for signing-only event 1-4:30 p.m.; $25 VIP admission (includes all-day access, a tote bag, early entrance to signing event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and two writer workshops); $10 for press; students (need to provide student ID at registration) can purchase their tickets for $5 off the general or VIP ticket price. The day will feature signings by more than 40 authors, two writer workshops and three author panels. Purchase tickets, view the full schedule and read about authors attending at www.boisebookfest.com.
Lynn Schmidt Author Visit: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St. Boise author Lynn Schmidt will read from and talk about her new book, “Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.”