You're invited to read along with the 2018 Arts Gumbo Book Chats, an annual community book group. This year, the group will read and discuss books about Mexican culture from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Copies of each of the featured monthly books are available for pick up at the Columbia Branch.

Times, dates and book titles for discussion are listed below.

Each fall, Arts Gumbo presents the sights, sounds and flavors of world cultures during October and November. Local and regional performers from diverse cultures are featured, as well as cultural dinners and audience participation events. Arts Gumbo provides audiences with the opportunity to celebrate local cultures through music, dance, visual arts, food, books and discussions. For more information, visit

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. One of our guiding principles is to promote literacy and a love of reading. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like Arts Gumbo Book Chats, presented in partnership with SeedArts, to meet the public's changing needs and interests.