April 3 Bookmarks | Books

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through April 10 at 300 Albemarle Square in the Albemarle Square Mall.

Half-price days are scheduled for Saturday and April 10. There will be no educator/bag day after the sale this time around. Categories include fiction, mystery, science, history, young adult, children’s books, and other genres.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, which serves readers in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Learn more about jmrlfriends.org.

Barbara Shansky, a retired children’s librarian from Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Friends of the Fluvanna County Public Library meeting at the Fluvanna County Library.

She will offer advice for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others who want to choose books to help babies up to 5 years old prepare for reading and help older children succeed as readers and students.

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Shansky will discuss sharing the love of books, selecting appropriate books for children of different ages, and ways to encourage early literacy. She will also show adult readers how to get personalized recommendations from different libraries.

For information, dial (434) 589-1400.

New Dominion Bookstore will feature a read and autographed book with poet and author Lisa Russ Spaar at 4 p.m. Saturday. The author and publisher of more than 10 books will share a preview reading of her debut novel, ‘Paradise Close’, which will be released from Persea.

She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia, and her honors include a Roa Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a NEH Distinguished Professorship.

Staff recommend arriving early for the best seating. Learn more about ndbookshop.com or dial (434) 295-2552.

The new memoirs of delegate Danica Roem, “Burn the Page: A True Story of Burning Doubts, Blazing Trails and Triggering Change,” will be published by Viking on Wednesday.

Roem was a former metal band singer, former journalist and newcomer to politics when she ousted 26-year-old incumbent Bob Marshall in 2017 to represent the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She became the nation’s first openly trans person elected to a state legislature.

Colin L. Johnson