Category Archives: Writing

Great Stories are Told at Your Library… Tell Your Story

Next week is National Library Week, and Brown Library has a few things cooked up in order to celebrate.

  • Six Word Memoirs: Write your life in six words, and be eligible to win a “Writer’s Gift Basket!” Examples can be found here: Six-Word Memoirs: Life Stories Distilled on NPR. Enter to win online, or pick up a paper entry form in the library (one student and one faculty/staff winner).
  • Library Find-a-Word, main floor
  • Special Displays on the Writing Life, top floor
  • Library Tip of the Day, direct to you by email!

We’ll also have a table at Spring Fling on Friday, April 20th, where you’ll be able to create your own Newspaper Poems as well!

Congrats to Our Raffle and Poetry Contest Winners!

Drum roll, please… the two winners of the “Ode to the Brown Library” Poetry Contest!

  • Student Winner: Tiffany Sparks with her poem, “Books and Libraries”
  • Faculty/Staff Winner: Pam Woody with her poem, “A Journey with a Friend”

Both winning poems, along with a selection of the other submitted entries, will be displayed on the top floor of the library throughout the month of May.

And now… the winners of the three blank books, raffled off at this year’s Spring Fling, are:

  • Laura Freeman
  • Amy Harris
  • Ashleigh Staeman

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to seeing you in the library and at next year’s Spring Fling.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, My Favorite Library is “Brown”– How about You?

Creating PoetryGot poetic chops? Like to improvise spoken word or jazz poetry? Then enter the “Ode to the Library” contest!

We challenge you to write a poem dedicated either to our Brown Library or to the spirit of libraries in general. Your poem could be a romantic sonnet, an ode, haiku, limerick, or villanelle——jazz poetry, free verse, or spoken word. You can dedicate your poem to the libraries of the past or contemplate the libraries of the future. You decide!

Poems should be turned in to the Brown Library staff any time before April 22nd or at the library’s Spring Fling booth. Two winners (a student winner and a faculty/staff winner) will be chosen and awarded gift cards to Barnes & Noble.

April is National Poetry Month, and April 10-16 is National Library Week.

Writers’ Gathering Today

Like writing poems or short stories? Maybe you’re working on a novel or play. Or maybe you’ve always been curious but have only ever written academic papers before.

Please join Ruff Writers, the creative writing club on campus, for its first meeting today, Thursday, September 30th, at 4pm in the library’s large study room. (This is on the top floor of Brown Library.) Bring your pens, notebooks, imagination, and ideas for what you’d like to write and experience with the club!

Jazz Poetry Hour

Brown Library and Student Activities invite you to come express yourself at our Jazz Poetry Hour this Wednesday, March 31st, at 1pm in the Student Commons.

The Elmer Coles Quintet will play behind you as you share your spoken-word, poetry, or other *short* forms of writing based on themes from the Big Read book, A Lesson Before Dying. (Pieces should be five minutes or less each.) Even if you didn’t get a chance to read the book yet, you can still participate! Here are the themes we encourage you to incorporate in your performance:

  • Justice and injustice
  • God and religion
  • Civil rights and racism
  • Capital punishment
  • Facing responsibility
  • Redemption in death

And if you’re not a writer yourself, feel free to just listen or share something that moves you that someone else has written. Come on out and relax, soak up the funky jazz, and have some open-mic fun!

This event is being held in conjunction with the Big Read Roanoke Valley.