Read Me Treasure Valley 2018 kicks off with ‘The Underground Railroad’

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.

Sunday, March 4

The Underground Railroad: A Discussion: 2-3 p.m., Boise Public Library main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. This event is offered as part of Read Me Treasure Valley, a community-wide reading project. The 2018 Read Me pick is “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead.

Monday, March 5

Graphic Novel Book Club: 4-5 p.m., Rediscovered Books, Boise. Airethyst is moderating a graphic novel book club for students in grades 4-6. This month’s theme is school life, and the books we are talking about are “Brave,” “Drama” and “Invisible Emmie.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe event: 7-8:30 p.m., Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Barbara Meldrum, professor emerita of English at the University of Idaho, introduces us to a woman whose antislavery novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” shook the nation. Through slides of people, places and books, Meldrum shares Harriet Beecher Stowe’s numerous experiences and accomplishments.

Tuesday, March 6

Books & Brews at White Dog Brewing Company: 6:30-7:30 p.m., 705 W. Fulton St., Boise. Enjoy a relaxed chat about books.

Free First Tuesday Drop-In Writing Workshop: 6:30-8 p.m., The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Guest writers create unique prompts designed to inspire a supportive community of local writers. No RSVP required. Danny Stewart leads this month’s workshop.

Viet Thanh Nguyen author event: 7:30-9 p.m., The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel “The Sympathizer” is a New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction among a list of other honors. This event is sold out, but any returned tickets will be available for sale at the door, sold as rush tickets on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.

Wednesday, March 7

Spring Author Series: Joe Smiga: 12-1 p.m., Boise Public Library Ustick branch, 7557 W. Ustick Road. Local author Joe Smiga is the author of eight books, including a western entitled “A Cowboy’s Vengeance” and a military thriller entitled “Behind the Lies.” Please join us as he discusses his books and the writing process.

Thursday, March 8

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.

Comic Book Book Club: 6-6:45 p.m., Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Grab a beer and get nerdy at the Spacebar Arcade. March’s book picks are “Snotgirl, Vol. 1,” “Marbles” and “Chew, Vol. 1.” Read one or read ‘em all.

Human Rights Book Club: 7-8:30 p.m., The Black History Museum, 508 E. Julia Davis Drive, Boise. The Human Rights Book Club is moderated by an expert in the field and creates lively and insightful conversation. March’s book is “A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France” by Caroline Moorehead.

Gary Schmidt author event: 7-8 p.m., Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. Gary Schmidt is the author of “The Wednesday Wars” and “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.”

Friday, March 9

Boise Bookmarks: Citywide Readers & Reviewers Club for Teens: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Boise Public Library main branch. For 7th-12th graders. Read whatever you want and tell each other about the books.

Saturday, March 10

Idaho Chapter of Romance Writers of America Mini Retreat: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 1450 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise. $5. Features “The Latest in Formatting” by Joanne Pence at 11 a.m.

Friends of the Library Lobby Book Sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane.