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To all the aspiring writers out there, November is your month to shine.

Beginning November 1st, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a 30 day-long event where you strive to finish a 50,000 word novel by midnight, November 30th. You can share your work and receive feedback from other writers on the NaNoWriMo website, www.nanowrimo.org.

Here at the Niles Library, we’re partnering up with The Office of Letters and Light Chicago Chapter to help you keep those creative juices flowing and those fingers typing. Starting November 3rd, stop by the Library at 6:30 pm every Monday in November for more information about NaNoWriMo and to think up some great ideas for your next bestseller. You can find out more info about the event here.

If you find yourself suffering from a severe case of writer’s block halfway through the month, here are some books you can check out from our catalog that might spur some creativity again:

1) Janet Evanovich’s How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author

2) How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

3) Novelist’s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestseller

4) Writing Fiction for Dummies

5) Writing 21st Century Fiction: High-Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Happy writing!

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There’s nothing I love more than a good story. Luckily, as a KidSpace librarian, I spend a lot of time reading & telling to kids of all ages. This summer, I’ve decided to give preschoolers a chance to sit in the storytime chair in a story dictation program called Little Authors.

For decades, preschool teachers have been using story dictation methods developed by early childhood education luminaries like Vivian Paley and Carol Avery to help children put their ideas, experiences, and fantasies on paper. Story dictation is a deceptively simple early learning activity. All you need is paper, pencils, and your undivided attention. Ask a child to describe an event, idea or person; and write down the words exactly as the child says them. Then read the story back to her, and watch her face light up in pride & triumph!

Here are some of the fantastic stories written by a few of Niles’ homegrown little authors:

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nanowrimoNovember is National Novel Writing Month!  Last year, more than people 119,000 people registered at www.nanowrimo.org/  and attempted to write a 50,000 word novel between Nov. 1-30.  More than 21,000 people completed their novel!  NaNoWriMo is all about writing as much as you can, for fun.  No editing (you can edit in December)!

Celebrate at the library with our kick-off party on Tuesday, November 3.  Meet other writers, get writing tips, and try out some fun writing exercises.

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Tues. Nov. 3
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Anyone 13 and older can register and participate.  There’s also a Young Writers Program that has made some really cool writing resources available, for free!  Check out the 100% non-lame writers’ workbooks for middle and high school students.

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Author Susan Beth Pfeffer will visit us here in Niles on Sunday, Oct. 18!  She’s flying in from New York to be here, and we’re super excited to meet her and hear her speak.  Maybe you’re more familiar with her books than her name.  Her most recent books are Life As We Knew It and the dead & the gone.  If you haven’t read Life As We Knew It (LAWKI) yet, then what are you waiting for?  It is a great survival story that’s hard to put down once it’s picked up.

lifeImagine that a meteor is on a collision course with the moon.  It’s going to be clearly visible in the sky when it happens, and you think, “I have to see this!”  After the collision, there are unexpected results.  The moon is knocked from it’s usual orbit.  It’s suddenly MUCH closer to the earth than it used to be.  The tides are messed up and it gets very cold.  Satellites crash.  Cell phones and Internet don’t work.  Life changes for everyone. What would you do to survive?

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the dead & the gone explores this scenario from the perspective of different people living in a different part of the country.  It’s fast-paced and asks new questions.  What if your parents were gone when the meteor hit, and you couldn’t get in touch with them?  You’re now in charge of your younger siblings; how do you keep them alive?

When: Sunday, Oct. 18 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL

Come and meet her, even if you haven’t read any of her books.  You may be inspired to pick up a copy before you leave!

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You’ve been selected for the 74th annual Hunger Games…

Describe in 500 words or less how you would survive the Games for a chance to win lunch in New York with author Suzanne Collins.

Enter the Contest at Scholastic’s website.

100 runners up will receive a copy of the sequel, Catching Fire.

Not familiar with The Hunger Games?  Check it out!

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Teen Ink is looking for bloggers!

From Teen Ink:

Do you like fashion? Or music or books? Are you in the college application process, or do you have an obsession you would love to write about?

Email blog@teenink.com to apply to be a Primary Blogger for Teen Ink magazine.

If you don’t see a category there that interests you, tell us what you’d LIKE to see on the blogs.

WHY APPLY:

- You can write for an audience of millions!
- It looks GREAT on a college application or resume.
- If you want to be a writer, you’ll have a ton of writing samples and be ahead of the game.
- It’s heck-a fun!

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Hey, ever thought of writing about your life, but didn’t know where to start?  Come to our Six-Word Memoir Workshop and begin crafting stories about yourself in just one sentence!  Check out the SMITH Magazine website  to read life stories submitted by other people.

When: 7:00pm, Wednesday July 30
Where: Large Meeting Room, Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles

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