NaNoWriMo is good time for writers to shine

Fort Madison Public Library

FORT MADISON – The following is a regular update on events happening at the Fort Madison Public Library
NaNoWriMo is not some weird, mystic incantation to finally get the grass stains out of your white socks or create a magic cupboard that is never empty of snacks. NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” which is celebrated every November. According to Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo, it, “is an opportunity to step out of your everyday life, open your mind to infinite possibilities, and create new worlds with people from around the globe. It’s a joyous leap into unexplored worlds, a laboratory of the imagination, a chance to free yourself from the obstacles that prevent you from telling your story. Our stories help us understand ourselves and others, so we need our stories more than ever in this age to bridge connections and heal divides.”

Though the word “novel” is included in the title, there are a lot of writing options. You can work on a memoir or a collection of short stories. You can write poetry or a script or non-fiction or something else, entirely. Write on your own, or register for free at and join a community of writers from across the country. As the days get darker and the temperature drops, this November might be the time to find out of you really can write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Some books in our collection to help the aspiring writer:
No Plot? No Problem: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty (808.3 BAT)
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (808.02 LAM)
Writing & Selling the YA Novel by K. L. Going (808.068 GOI)
How to Write Your Life Story by Ann Gawthorpe (808.06692 GAW)
How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (Writing 808.3 WIL)
The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray (Writing 808.3 RAY)
Amateur Detectives: A Wirter’s Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Crimina Cases by Elaine Raco Chase (Writing 808.3 CHA)
The Art of Poetry Writing by William Packard (808.1 PAC)
Creating Poetry by John Drury (Writing 808.3 DRU)
Poet’s Guide: How to Publish and Perform Your Work by Michael J. Bugeja (808.1 BUG)

‘Tis the Season: 10 New Christmas Books at the Library
The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere (F VAN)
A MacCallister Christmas by William W. Johnstone (WEST JOH)
The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson (CF CAR)
Holding Out for Christmas by Janet Dailey (F DAI)
Amish Christmas Twins by Shelley Shepard Gray (CF/PB GRA)
Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan (F COL)
A California Christmas by Brenda Novak (F NOV)
Happily This Christmas by Susan Mallery (F/PB MAL)
One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan (F MOR)
An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen (CF KLA)
BONUS – These books are on order but haven’t arrived yet. Go ahead and place reserves on them if you’re interested.
Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrhart
A Dog’s Perfect Christmas by Bruce W. Cameron

Upcoming Events at the Fort Madison Public Library –
Friends of the Library Book Sale – The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be November 2-7 at the Library. The library takes donations year round but please wait until after November 12 to bring in any new donations.
November 2 and 3 – 10:30-5:30, Full Price
November 4 – 10:30-5:30, ½ Price Day
November 5 – 10:30-6:30, ½ Price Day
November 6 – 10:30-4:30, Sack Sale Day
November 7 – 9:30-12:30, Sack Sale Day

Library Closed – The Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day. The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. The Library will be open on Saturday, November 28 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Minecraft – 4:00-5:30 on Mondays in November. Space is limited and we are not taking reservations.

Hang Teen – Tuesday, November 17 and 24, 3:30-5:00, for ages 12-18.

Pre-School/Toddler Story Hour –Wednesday morning at 10:30 for toddlers and pre-school age children.

Wacky Wednesday – Craft day November 4 and 18, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Thursday Crafternoon –Thursday, 3:30-5:00, for ages 12 and older, including adults. This program involves a month-long activity so we recommend joining at the beginning of the month in order to have time to finish the project.

All Booked Up! – The library’s book discussion group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. On Thursday, November 5, we will be discussing “Sacred Hearts” by Sarah Dunant. Copies of the book are available at the library for check out. Join us for a lively discussion. On December 3, we will be discussing “A Journey Into Christmas” by Bess Streeter Aldrich.

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