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.
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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 month, get creative making zombies, wands, and unique pixel art creations. Write, game, and sew. Check out the programs going on at the library during October for grades 6 to 12:
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.
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.
We are coming to the end of Banned Books Week, a week dedicated to free expression. The American Library Association, alongside a number of other organizations, promotes this campaign to spread awareness for the freedom to read and spreads attention towards banned and challenged books.
They convey loyalty, unconditional love, and are often referred to as “man’s best friend.” They are far from only being cuddly pets: they contribute to a child’s reading proficiency.
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!
Youth Services loves hearing about all of your favorite books! Stop in to the Dundee Library Youth Department to recommend your favorites with the emoji book recommendation activity at the tween corner and search our recommendation displays for a book you might love next!
Here are some of the books you told us you love this August:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Amulet (series) by Kazu Kibuishi
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.