Pen Pals: A Snail Mail Workshop

Registration is open until Friday, April 24 at 5:00pm
Workshop runs from April 27 to June 19

Pen Pals is a free, screenless creative writing workshop in which participants read, write, and connect through physical letters sent via USPS. This workshop aims to connect people across the Austin area through shared stories and creativity. While we are all being asked to stay healthy at home, Pen Pals provides participants with the opportunity to feel connected without screens or the internet. Each week you will receive a writing prompt from a Badgerdog teaching artist that you will use as inspiration to craft your letter to your Pen Pal. It’s an old-fashioned way to make a new friend, share your writing, and receive a weekly surprise in the mail.

atCentral: José Ralat and AMERICAN TACOS [RESCHEDULED]

This event has been rescheduled for August 19th. 

Wednesday, April 29 | 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

American Tacos: A History and Guide is the new book by Texas Monthly taco editor José Ralat, who will talk with Austin American-Statesman food writer Addie Broyles about the essence of tacos, their evolution in the U.S., and their rise to prominence in American cuisine. Guests will enjoy free taco samples from some of Austin’s finest taco purveyors. Presented with University of Texas Press.




Friday, May 8 | 7:30-10:00pm
Austin Central Library 

Our next installment of APL After Dark celebrates everything that seemed fancy when you were a kid: tea, cupcakes, mustaches, tuxedos, ball gowns, ballet slippers, feather boas, and more! We'll have more information about learning activities, crafts, and special activations coming soon! Stay tuned...



atCentral: Natalia Sylvester and RUNNING [RESCHEDULED]

This event has been rescheduled for July 25th. 

Saturday, May 9 | 1:00-3:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

Austin author Natalia Sylvester launches Running, her first work of YA fiction, starring the Cuban-American teenage daughter of a politician. When Mari’s father decides to run for president, Mari must confront issues of privacy, advocacy, and her own sense of justice. Sylvester will talk with book enthusiast and writer Maya Payne Smart. Presented in partnership with Austin Public Library. Free tickets available beginning March 27.



atCentral: H.W. Brands and HAIKU HISTORY

Monday, May 11 | 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

H.W. Brands has authored more than a dozen comprehensive American histories detailing figures from Ronald Reagan to Aaron Burr to the rise of early corporate America. His latest book, Haiku History: The American Saga Three Lines at a Time, offers poetic glimpses into the nation’s story, from its birth to the modern moment. Presented in partnership with University of Texas Press. Free tickets available beginning March 30.