Friday, 17 November, 2017


National Novel Writing Month @yourlibrary 

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director


For those of us in northern Minnesota, November signals the firearms deer hunting season, state high school championships for many fall sports, and perhaps a bit of snow. In addition, November is also National Novel Writing Month  (or NaNoWriMo, for short).  According to  the National Novel Writing Month mission statement, “NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.” This year, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November.

If you are in need of some inspiration, checkout the nanowrimo.org website.  You’ll find pep talks and a list of authors who started their novel in November and got published. These include:  Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder

The library also has some materials to help you get started or maybe to help you continue on your novel writing journey.  How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein, The Novel Writer’s Toolkit: a Guide to writing Great Fiction and Getting it Published by Bob Mayer, and Writing the Breakout Novel  by Donald Maass.


Upcoming Programs @the library

Monday, October 30. At 9:30 and 10:30 it’s Book Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.

Thursday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. Writing Historic Fiction. Kick off National Novel Writing Month with acclaimed Minnesota author Bill Durbin as he talks about techniques he uses to research and write historical novels. He describes conventional sources including newspapers, diaries, letters, interviews and field research as well as borrowing local characters and events and tapping personal family history for inspiration. Add life to history with archival photos. Bring your writing questions.


Saturday, November 4. Saturday Story Time. At 10:15 and 11:15 it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.


Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. Sparky Stensass. The Sax-Zim Bog is THE place to find secretive boreal birds like the mythic Great Gray Owl. Explore the Black Spruce and Tamarack Bog without getting your feet wet or frozen! Through colorful images and video meet the bird that grows snowshoes, the devious orchid that outsmarts bumblebees, and the death-defying frog; and of course, stars of the show, Great Gray Owls and Northern Hawk Owl families. 


Thursday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. Lorna Landvik, popular bestselling fiction author, entertains in the telling of her life as a writer. Engaging and humorous as a public speaker, comic, playwright and actor, Landvik will, no doubt, share glimpses of her latest book, “Once in a Blue Moon, through the telling of her own story.