We’re taking registrations now for “Grit & Glory: Five Classic Westerns!” In October the Franklin County Public Library’s free, short-term reading group, the Crooked Road Readers, will ride into town with another “5 books, 10 weeks, 1 theme” reading cycle. Join us in reading and discussing Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey, True Grit by Charles Portis, Giant by Edna Ferber, Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow, and My Antonia by Willa Cather. Books will be loaned for free. Space is limited and registration is required by Sept. 16 by calling Christine Arena: (540) 483-3098 ext. 2441. We’ll meet at the Main library in Rocky Mount for some sessions and, for others, The Whole Bean Coffeehouse in Rocky Mount. Schedule: Oct. 2, 10:15a; Oct. 16, 10:15a; Oct. 30, 10:15a; Nov. 13, 10:15a; Dec. 4, 10:15a; Dec. 13, 11:15a (please note later start time to accommodate a potluck lunch.) Our motto: “Tough books, easy conversations, good coffee."