November is culturally known for a host of celebrations in the United States: Turkey Day, Adoption Awareness Month, All Saint’s Day, Model Railroad Month, Saxophone Day, and even Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. While some of these festivities may seem random and even a little trivial, there is one sign of the season that is far from unimportant: National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo by avid participants, is an Internet-based creative writing project that occurs annually during the month of November. The challenge is simultaneously simple and difficult: write at least 50,000 words of cohesive, original story in thirty days.
While NaNoWriMo is relatively new, having begun with just 21 participants in 1999, it has garnered a large amount of support from people both nationally and internationally. In 2010 alone, 200,000 people hunkered down during the month of November for, “thirty days and nights of literary abandon,” and wrote a grand total of 2.8 billion words, some of which transformed into successfully published books after completion. Some famous books completed in the NaNoWriMo competition include Water for Elephants (now a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson), The Night Circus (a New York Times Best Seller), Persistence of Memory, and BreakupBabe. Thanks to a supportive online network of writers from around the country, many people, especially young writers, have been able to achieve a status of authorship frequently deemed unattainable by peers, parents, and the public at large. This year, graduate assistant and MFA student Samantha “Inëz” Chambers will be participating as a representative of the Digital Media Commons and UNCG. This will be her third year as a participant and hopefully her first year of successfully completing the 50,000-word count.
You can view a participant’s word count and story synopsis via profiles on the NaNoWriMo website as well as sign up to participate on your own. To see Chambers’s progress, check out her profile at www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/vintageinez.
you know Jackson Library is full of friendly staff ready to help you check out materials, but maybe you are in a hurry and want to just check out a book or two. You can do that at the two self-checkout machines we have in Jackson Library!
There is one machine at the check out desk and one at the College Ave. entrance. You can check out books but remember if you want to check out a DVD you will need to go to the check out desk because all dvd's must be unlocked. Any more questions? Ask us!
When: Today, Monday 22, 2012. 7:00pm
what: A free screening of the award winning documentary with a discussion and Q&A by Jerry Ensiminger
Where: Elliot University Center Auditorium
Complimentary parking will be available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck.
Professor Kelly Ritter will be presenting on her recent publication To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Women's College. Join us as we celebrate the publication of this book. More information can be found here.
I just wanted to remind you all about our awesome dvd collection, located in the reading room of Jackson library.
My wonderful friends at the library spent all summer getting the dvd's arranged by genre. In the picture above you can see me checking out the action section. I'm getting the movie 300 because "THIS IS SPARTA!"
We have hundreds of dvd's and our collection just keeps growing! You can search for a specific dvd using the red search box on the library home page, we have a special tab just for dvd searching! You can check two dvd's at a time for 7 days each. And remember you can always suggest materials we don't have.
Ok, I'm off to pop some popcorn and watch my movie!
Jackson Library is a depository of both United States and
State of North Carolina government publications. The government documents materials can be found in the lower level, opposite of the DMC. You can search for government documents in our catalog. If you need to find one ask someone at the reference desk as the library classification system for government documents can be very confusing.
Irma using the Government Documents area of the library
This week we celebrate and encourage people to read and distribute books that have been banned and challenged. It's about informing the public of censorship that can effect the library and them. We encourage people to think for themselves and leave censorship in the past. Below you can view an ALA timeline celebrating 30 years of books that have been censored, banned and challenged. Click the picture to get started.