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Support the Roanoke Public Library

Need something to do this coming Monday night? Come join us in a show of support for the public library. Friends of the Roanoke Public Library and other concerned community members will be at the short City Council meeting to celebrate the Library Master Plan and encourage its continued implementation.

Accomplishments thus far include the award-winning Valley View Mall e-branch and the Garden City e-branch, which had more than 25,000 visitors last year, and the renovations of both the Jackson Park and Gainsboro branches. These renovations included building new community and study rooms and expanding the book collection; teen centers will be completed early next year. Both a “Superbranch” and “Storefront” branch have been recommended as state-of-the-art facilities for the future.

In order for more improvements to be made in the future, we need to show the Council that the citizens of the Roanoke Valley value the library and its expansion. So bring some friends, a small book, and raise your hand in support of the public library!

LOCAL EVENT: 7:00pm-7:30pm, City Council Chambers (4th Floor) in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Bldg., 215 Church Avenue, Roanoke.

For more information and to RSVP, check out our Facebook page or the online Evite.

NaNoWriMo, Anyone?

This November is the Tenth Annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and the Roanoke Public Libraries have issued a challenge to Roanokers——to write a 50,000 word novel in a month! You heard that right!

To help feed your creative fires, check out these books on creative writing available in the Brown Library:

  • Le Guin, Ursula K. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew. Call number PN212.L44 1998
  • Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer: A guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. Call number PE1408.P774 2006
  • Hughes, Riley. How to Write Creatively. Call number LB1631.H83
  • Hogrefe, Pearl. The Process of Creative Writing. Call number PN145.H55 
  • Garrison, Roger H. A Creative Approach to Writing. Call number PN145.G36
  • Chinn, Mike. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works. Call number PN6710.C45 2004

LOCAL EVENT: The Roanoke Public Libraries are offering a series of free Write-Ins to all Writers. There’s also the possibility of having your book professionally printed and shelved in the Roanoke library’s stacks! For more information, check out the library’s informational page on NaNoWriMo.