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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November 1 begins National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. If you’re not familiar, participants strive to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, this November is the perfect time to get motivated to do so! Both Dundee and Randall Oaks have computers you can use for writing your manuscript and desks with charging stations if you bring in your own laptop. Check out the official NoNoWriMo website here for more details.  

Recommended Listen: To the Sunset by Amanda Shires

Singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires is mostly known for her work supporting great men- including her husband Jason Isbell and folk superstar John Prine.  However, Shires shows that she is a star in her own right with this phenomenal album, which will be appreciated by fans of folk rock acts like Neko Case, Ryan Adams, and Sharon Van Etten. 

This Is Halloween

Now that we’re finally into October, it’s culturally acceptable for me to fully exhibit my undying love for all things Halloween, which includes gorging myself on scary books and movies (I’ve already got my plans set to see the Halloween sequel later this month). Even if you’re not the type who watches horror movies all year long, leading up to Halloween is the perfect time to curl up in the dark and spook yourself with some creepy films.

Civic Conversations: November Election

We had a fantastic inaugural session of Civic Conversations at the beginning of September in which we discussed U.S. foreign policy. The October 2 session will focus on the "November Election: a balanced review of candidates for Governor, U.S. Representative, and local offices." If you've been wanting to learn more about candidates before hitting the polls in November, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.   While no homework is required to attend these sessions, if you’re interested in some general information on voting and midterm elections, take a look at some of the books below.

Learn a New Language for Free

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Are you interested in learning a new language? Looking to brush up on your language skills? Traveling to another country and want to learn some basics of their language and culture? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Pronunciator is the perfect resource for you!

Read a Great "Library" Book this Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! If you don’t have a library card now is the time to get one. This month new card holders with receive a special goodie bag. Current card holders can receive a special “Love my Library” window cling.

To help keep you in the mood for showing mad love to your library, here are some titles with a library theme you will definitely want to check out.

Civic Conversations: China, Russia, Iran

Civic Conversations is a new monthly conversation group at the Dundee Library. All are welcome to meet with others from our library district and participate in a respectful conversation about current issues and events. Popular discussion leader Gary Midkiff will facilitate these sessions on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Harry Potter Week

After consuming many chocolate frogs and copious amounts of butterbeer, the Adult and Teen Services Harry Potter week came to an end this weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out to these programs and made them so successful! We hope you all had as much fun at our events as we did, and keep an eye out for the fall newsletter (coming soon) for more themed events. 

Recommended Reads Weeks 4-6

We're still going strong with the Summer Reading Challenge, so if you're looking for new things to pick up to finish out your reading log, take a look at some of the recommendations by your fellow patrons. These suggestions come from the Recommended Read cards. If you haven't seen these cards yet, it's not too late to grab some from the Information Desk and fill them out. On the cards, simply let us know what you’re reading and why you would/would not recommend it. You can drop these off at the Information Desk and we draw winners every week for additional Summer Reading prizes.

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