To do today: books, art, and blood donation

Read: NPR “Fresh Air” book critic Maureen Corrigan will be at the Columbus Public Library as part of the Big Read Kickoff. Music celebrating the jazz age and “The Great Gatsby” begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by Corrigan discussing her new book “So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to be and Why it Endures.” The event is free and open to the public.

Give back: In honor of National Volunteer Month this April, The Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood. A special drive will be at the Columbus Blood Donation Center, located at 7490 Veterans Parkway, from 12:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Those with O, A negative and B negative are particularly encouraged to donate, but all are welcome.

Learn at lunch: The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn will host a “Little Art Talk” at noon. Presenters will focus on a single piece of art before adjourning for lunch at the café. Attendees will get free iced tea or coffee when they dine in the café.