Treasure Valley book events include talk by outdoors writer Natalie Bartley

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.

Monday, Jan. 15

Library closures: Area libraries are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.-Idaho Human Rights Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Outdoor Conversations with Natalie Bartley: 7-8:30 p.m., Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Natalie Bartley has been a judge for the Outdoor Book Awards since 2000 and over the years has discovered many wonderful books that should be part of every outdoor library. This is an evening to share what makes for great outdoor reading with one of the experts in the field.

Writing Workshop: 7-8:45 p.m., Boise Public Library main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. The Writing Workshop is a critique group for adults.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Writer’s Bloc presents Heidi Kraay: 6-7 p.m., unBound, 713 N. Main St., Meridian. Heidi Kraay is a playwright, fiction writer and “theater maker.” Join her for a discussion of the difference between writing fiction novels and articles and plays, along with her experience in the theater.

B.Y.O. Books: 7-8:30 p.m., The Local, 5616 W. State St., Boise. Does life have you so busy that your stack of books to read keeps getting bigger and bigger? Does the thought of socializing make you want to hibernate? Do you just need a quiet moment to relax and enjoy a short story, a glass of wine or a tasty snack? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then our silent book club is for you. Think of it as a cocktail hour for introverts. By bringing the solitary act of reading into a shared space, we will cultivate a connection through our passion to read uninterrupted and silently sustained. Don’t forget to b.y.o. books.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Reading Silverstein: 12:30-1 p.m., Boise Public Library at Bown Crossing, 2153 E. Riverwalk Drive. Featuring unique poetry by Shel Silverstein. Come bring your lunch and relax by our cozy fireplace as you listen to this acclaimed author’s writing.

Budding Wordsmiths: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Meridian Library at Silverstone, 3531 E. Overland Road. For aspiring young writers. Explore the craft and enjoyment of creative writing, eat snacks, play games and make new friends.

Collister Writes: 7-9 p.m., Boise Public Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. Sylissa Franklin of the Idaho Writer’s Guild will speak about character development at this two-hour workshop.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Nick Bruel: Bad Kitty Camp Daze: 2-4 p.m. Boise Public Library main branch. Meet “Bad Kitty” author Nick Bruel. Ghost stories, animal track identification, fishing and “Bad Kitty” donuts from Guru Donuts.