Story times and book clubs: Area public libraries offer story programs for children of all ages and book clubs for youth and adults. Go to their websites and click on the calendar to check out the offerings.
Library closures: All area libraries are closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.
Drop-in Writing Workshop: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. For this drop-in, we’ll explicitly focus on writing’s role in a difficult time. How is our writing a form of action? How is coming together to read and write an act of activism more broadly? Teaching-writer Danny Stewart will lead a discussion on poetry by Claudia Rankine, Jamaal May, Sharon Olds and others to think about the history of creative writing in relationship to privilege, bigotry, racism, white supremacy and other forms of oppression. Free.
Collister Writes: Evoking Setting and Place: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, Boise Public Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. Have you always wanted to write and publish a book but never knew where to start? Join Collister Writes, a program that will give you all the tools you need to create the next great novel or memoir. The program includes two sessions a month. The first Tuesday will be a two-hour workshop exploring the ins and outs of writing using the “The Great Courses: Writing Great Fiction” along with group discussions and exercises. The third Thursday will be a two-hour reading and workshop conducted by members of the Idaho Writers Guild. The program is designed for novice writers and people seeking to boost their confidence before sharing in a group critique.
Writers Bloc: Prompts and Guided Writing: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, Meridian Library, 1324 W. Cherry Lane.
Budding Wordsmiths: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, Meridian Library Silverstone branch, 3531 E. Overland Road. Are you an aspiring young writer? Do you often daydream about fantasy lands or have conversations in your head with imaginary people? If so, our group of writers welcomes you. Together we will explore the craft and enjoyment of creative writing, eat snacks, play games and make new friends.
First Thursday author event: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Stephen Holgate, author of mystery/thriller “Tangier.”
Boise Bookmarks: Citywide Readers & Reviewers Club for Teens: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, Boise Public Library main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. For students in 7th to 12th grades. Read whatever you want and tell each other about the books.
Author talk: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, Rediscovered Books, Boise. Therese Oneill, author of “Unmentionables: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners.”
The Writers Corner: The 7 Steps to Highly Effective Short Story Writing: 12-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, Boise Public Library at Cole & Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road. Walk through the step-by-step process to create gripping stories that hook your readers from the first page and leave them wanting more with Sherry Briscoe of the Idaho Writer’s Guild. This one-hour workshop is open to both teens and adults. Paper and a writing implement are recommended.