November Is NaNoWriMo

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November is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo! It’s a national event that encourages participants to work towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”

It’s free to register on the NaNoWriMo website and you can track your writing progress, chat with other writers, and find out more about local writing sessions and parties. Join hundreds of thousands of writers across the country in this fun event.

Did you know? Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They 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.

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood for write-in sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, November 4: 7-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 13: 7-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16: 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, November 20: 7-9:30 p.m.

We’ll meet in Conference Room 102 on the first floor.

There are two write-ins scheduled at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library: Monday, November 3, at 7 p.m. and Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

The Writers Club at the Eden Park Branch Library is also having a write-in on Saturday, November 15, at 3:30 p.m.

EBRPL also offers a wealth of resources for aspiring writers. Check out our Writers InfoGuide for details, including information on the self-publishing platform FastPencil and Gale Courses that offer writing classes, all free with your library card.

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Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Louisiana Book Festival 2014

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The 2014 Louisiana Book Festival is this Saturday, November 1, from 10-5, in downtown Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, the Capitol Park Museum, and nearby locations.

Whether you’re young or old, just can’t get enough of poetry or love to cook up some great Louisiana dishes, this national award-winning event has something for every book lover.

The Louisiana Book Festival is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations. Don’t forget to stop by our Library tent as we unveil our 2015 One Book, One Community selection.

Zodiac Killer Author Event

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Local author Gary Stewart will discuss his most recent book, The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer, at a free event on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood.

The book, co-written with Susan Mustafa, traces Stewart’s search for his birth father. Abandoned by his father as a baby in an apartment building in Baton Rouge, his birth parents were arrested and Stewart was adopted by a couple. After his birth mother contacted him years later, Stewart began searching for his birth father, Earl Van Best, Jr., and his search led him to believe Best was the so-called Zodiac Killer, the northern California serial killer of the 1960s, an unsolved case to this day.

Please note: The October issue of The Source incorrectly lists the True Crime Book Club as a separate meeting. The True Crime Book Club will attend this author event in lieu of a book discussion this month. The club will resume regular meetings next month with a discussion of Green River Running Red by Ann Rule on Wednesday, November 19.

October 20Somethings Events

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Here’s the line-up of 20Somethings events planned this month. Want more info? Head over to our 20Somethings Facebook page!

Get Your Game On! If you enjoy video and board games and are looking for a way to meet other game enthusiasts ages 18-30ish, join us at the Main Library at Goodwood tonight, October 14, and Tuesday, October 28, at 6 p.m. to play board games such as Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders and video games such as Rock Band and Minecraft.

Halo Day: Sometimes you just need to kick back and enjoy an aw20somethings coloresome video game. Come to the Baker Branch Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, and get together with other 20-somethings to chill out with Halo on the Xbox.

Crafternoon: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry  Come hang out with other 20-somethings at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, to create wire-wrapped marble necklace pendants and button flower rings. All supplies provided.

We had a great time at Horror Movie Night last weekend and we have one more Halloween-themed event coming up:

‘Buffy’ Buffs Night  Are you a “Buffy” Buff? Then head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to test your knowledge of all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We’ll be playing a trivia game covering all seven seasons of the popular television series.

October Is American Archives Month

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October is American Archives Month! Established by the Society of American Archivists in 2006, it is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories across the country to american-archives-monthhighlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are information professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to information that has lasting value. Archives are similar to libraries, but instead of focusing primarily on books, archives hold a number of different types of documents and records, which can include photographs, directories, correspondence, scrapbooks, tickets, and all sorts of memorabilia.

Did you know the East Baton Rouge Parish Library has an archive? The Baton Rouge Room Archives, located on the second floor of the Main Library at Goodwood, is a repository of historic and modern pictures, maps, papers, oral history tapes, and memorabilia representing life in Baton Rouge. We also have a digital archive of photos, documents, and maps online you may access at any time.

In celebration of American Archives Month, the Baton Rouge Room is sponsoring a historical quiz on our website. Enter to win prizes by taking the quiz on our website. All the answers can be found in our digital archive so start exploring today!

Call 231-3752 or visit the Baton Rouge Room InfoGuide for more information.

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