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POET FRANK X. GASPAR

Medical School Auditorium, Mercer University, 1220 College St. "Late Rapturous": 7 p.m. Feb. 29; a public presentation of recent poems. A Double Life: "The Poet/Novelist": 7 p.m. March 22; a discussion on the challenges and reward of working in radically different genres. Gordon Johnston, director of creative writing, 478-301-2588 or johnston_gg@mercer.edu. Free.

"BLESSED ARE THE CRAZY"

6:30 p.m. March 2, Centenary United Methodist Church, 1290 College St. Breaking the silence about mental illness, family and church. Featuring artist Mary Button and author Sarah Griffith Lund with a conversation about mental illness in their life followed by a panel discussion with judge Verda Colvin.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH LUNCHEON

Noon March 3, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Macon native and celebrated author Tina McElroy Ansa will be the keynote speaker. 478-742-2000. www.douglasstheatre.org. $15; $125 table for eight.

OLD BOOK SALE

10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5, noon-5 p.m. March 6, Central City Park. More than 100,000 books at bargain prices. Profits go to support the public library system and the literacy effort in the community. Hosted by the Friends of the Library. Free admission and parking. www.friendsofthelibrarymacon.com.

OLD BOOK SALE

8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 11-12, M.E. Roden Library, 151 Commerce St., Hawkinsville. Hardcover books $1, paperback books 50 cents, vintage books slightly higher. This is an official Peaches-to-the-Beaches event. 478-892-3155. Free admission.

ELAINE NEIL ORR

11:15 a.m. March 15, Taylor Amphitheater, Wesleyan College. Reading: 7 p.m. March 17, Benson Room, Candler Alumnae Center. The Campbell-Stripling Distinguished Writer-in-Residence is a writer of fiction, memoir and poetry. 478-757-5181. Free.

MACON WRITERS GROUP

2-4 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Membership in the group is open and free, and writing of every sort is accepted. For more information, email trayers.shane@gmail.com.

KIDS STORY TIMES

MILLIE'S STORY TIME

The Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 27: Learn about the "Adventures of Huck Finn" with hands-on activities in the backyard (if weather permits). $1. 478-745-5982.

BIBB PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Story times: West Bibb Public Library, 5580 Thomaston Road: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 478-744-0818. Shurling Public Library, 1769 Shurling Drive: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 478-744-0875. Lanford Public Library, 6504 Houston Road: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 478-621-6973. Washington Memorial Library, 1180 Washington Ave.: 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Saturday, 478-744-0859. Riverside Public Library, Rivergate Shopping Center, 110 Holiday Drive N.: 10:30 a.m. Friday, 478-757-8900. Lap-sit story time happens at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Memorial Library.

NOLA BRANTLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

721 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 2 and younger; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 2-5; Teen Budding Artist program at 5 p.m. second Tuesdays; Construct and Create Club for ages 8 and older at 5 p.m. second Thursdays; Family Night at 6 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. Home-school programs: 1 p.m. Thursday for grades K-2, 1:30 p.m. Thursday for grades 3-5, 2:30 p.m. Thursday for grades 6-12. 478-923-0128.

CENTERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

206 Gunn Road, Centerville. Bedtime stories at 6:30 p.m. on first Tuesdays; 6 p.m. second Tuesdays for third- through sixth-graders; 6 p.m. third Tuesdays for ages 11-17; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for ages 2 and younger; 11:15 a.m. Wednesday for ages 2-3; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday for ages 3-5. Home-school program for grades K-12 at 2 p.m. Monday. 478-953-4500.

PERRY PUBLIC LIBRARY

1201 Washington St., Perry. 10:15 a.m. Monday for ages 1-3; 11 a.m. Monday for ages 4 and younger; 10:15 a.m. Thursday for ages 3-5; Family Night at 6 p.m. second Tuesdays; Teen Night at 6 p.m. fourth Tuesdays. 478-987-3050.

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