Share your favorite poem at a Meridian open mic

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Writer’s Spotlight: Open Mic: 6-7:30 p.m., Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Bring an original work, an unsung favorite poem or any brief piece of writing to read aloud at our open mic session. Each writer will be guaranteed five minutes to command the mic and read whatever he or she wants. All material is acceptable to read with the condition that a disclaimer for adult content will be given prior to the reading.

Thursday, Feb. 1

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

Saturday, Feb. 3

The Idaho Chapter of Romance Writers of America: 1-4 p.m. Smoky Mountain Pizza, 415 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise. This month’s theme: Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Marketing by Renee Reynolds