This happens all too often.
Highlights from the teen costume party yesterday! Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and a special thank you to Xia and Alice for volunteering their time to do face and body painting! Our Granite State Candy gift card went to Rosie, who came dressed as a Hogwarts student.
If you want to help plan next season’s events, please come to our next TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meeting on Thursday the 23rd! It’s already time for us to start brainstorming ideas for January thru March. There will be food and good company, as always.
How Can I Find the Library’s Newest Teen Books?
Since we moved our Teen Zone over the summer, a few things have been up in the air. We finally settled on a place for our new teen books — right alongside all of our other new books!
When you come into the library, the new books are to the right and back of the main desk, on three low shelving units. New YA books will now be mixed in with these books, in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. To make them easier to find, we’ve kept a “Young Adult” sticker on the spine of each YA book.
New YA books will now go out for 2 weeks instead of 4. Hopefully this will move our high-demand books along a bit faster.
If you’re home, you can always search for our newest teen books on our catalog. To make it easy for you, we keep a list for just that reason, and update it every month. To look at the last 4 months’ worth of YA books, click (and bookmark!) this link.YA Books are on list number 5!
As always, let me know what you think of the change.
This is what I plan on doing today! Rainy reads are the best.
On this day in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was published. Winnie, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood now live at NYPL where they are cared for and loved! Learn more about how we keep Winnie and his friends looking their finest.
I just read these books for the first time last week, and they really are incredible. This is an amazing collection!
Costume Party Friday!
Don’t forget to stop by the library on Friday afternoon for our first teen costume party! The event starts at 4, and these babies —- pumpkin cinnamon donut holes — will be making an appearance.
See you there. :)
Don’t forget about the teen costume party on Friday! You don’t have to dress up, but there will be a prize for the best “bookish” costume. You can dress as any character from a book, graphic novel or comic book. For some inspiration, check out these bookish costumes for dogs! The Harry Potter one is incredible.
See you Friday!
Check out this fantastic guide to Nanowrimo — can you write a book in one month? We’re having a kick-off event on Saturday, November 1 at the library!
FIRST OF ALL, THE BASICS.
- What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo - or National Novel Writing Month - is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. (x)
- Why should I participate in NaNoWriMo? First and foremost because it’s fun! Maybe you’ve considered writing a novel in the past, but have never gotten around to it, or perhaps you have a fantastic idea or a great character but aren’t quite sure what to do with them. Here’s your chance! Grab it with both hands and hold on tight because this writing ride is a whirlwind.
- During October and November the official forums come alive with thousands of writers brimming with amazing thoughts and insights, and there is a real sense of creative community. What better chance would you have to vent and brainstorm and cultivate your collection of ideas?
- NaNoWriMo values enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, and is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. (x)
So you’ve decided you’re going to do it — you’re going to participate, you’re going to try your very best to write those 50,000 words… what next? How do you prepare for such a challenge? Well, here are some handy tips and links to guide you on your way:
INSPIRATION & BRAINSTORMING.
- Every novel begins with an idea, even something as simple as a single word. Try jotting down a few. Soon you’ll start to notice common reoccurrences in the types of words you choose.
- Peruse places like Tumblr, DeviantArt and Pinterest. Find things that catch your eye and save them.
- Go out into the world, or lose yourself in a fictional one. Take notice of details, quirks, everything that’s layered together to create a rich environment. Pull inspiration from what you see or read and translate it into something all your own.
- Suzanne Collins was switching back and forth between Survivor and the news when she thought of the Hunger Games, J.K Rowling was on a train when Harry Potter and his story wandered into her head — it’s amazing how inspiration can just pop out of nowhere when given the chance. Let yourself daydream, and ponder and research to your heart’s content.
- Get a large piece of paper and pretend like you’re in grade five all over again — write your number 1 idea in the center and branch off from it with other thoughts, plot points, characters, details et cetera.
- Alternatively you could buy a bunch of post-it notes in varying colours and clear a space where you can stick them. Assign a colour for each of the following: plot points, characters, relationships, details, conflicts, resolutions. You could also use coloured card or plain paper + coloured pens/pencils.
- Spend a day or two focusing solely on your main character. Get to know them. Ask yourself how they would react to certain situations, what they like, what they dislike, why they do or don’t. Give them flaws, quirks, a layered personality.
Here are some handy links that may also help:
SETTLING ON AN IDEA.
Say you’ve just spent ages following the advice above, but now you’ve found yourself with more than one great idea, how do you choose? Ask yourself:
- What sparks the most excitement?
- What interests you more?
- If both your ideas were turned into fully fleshed out novels and you saw them on a shelf in a store, which would you be more likely to want to read?
- Which one would you be the most upset about not getting the chance to write?
There is no one single, set way to outline your novel. It’s also important to remember that planning is not for everyone; some people like to fly by the seat of their pants and simply go with whatever happens and that’s perfectly okay. But without at least a very basic outline, particularly during NaNoWriMo, you may find yourself incredibly stuck and unsure about a). what happens next or b). how to write yourself out of the situation you’ve found yourself in, which could lead to you falling behind or missing days’ worth of valuable writing time while you try and figure out what to do. How do I go about outlining, you ask? Here are some great links that will help you do so with ease:
- How Do You Plan a Novel?
- How to Create a Plot Outline in Eight Easy Steps
- Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes
- Preparing to Write A Novel
- Basic Checklist for Your Story
- NaNo Tips & Strategies
RESEARCHING & DETAILS.
So you’ve thought of your idea, you created your characters and have an outline. But you’re writing a novel about elves in a mystical place that doesn’t even exist, or a futuristic world where supernatural creatures and technology have taken over, or perhaps something entirely in the past, and you have no idea how to make it all believable. The NaNoWriMo forums are a fanastic place for your genre and detail needs:
- Reference Desk — researching facts, figures, real world experiences and details.
- Applelation Station — for naming needs
- Character Cafe — for character developement
- Plot Doctoring
- Genre Lounges — for your specific genre needs
If there isn’t already a thread that pertains to your specific needs don’t be afraid to make one! You should definitely also:
- Go to the library and source books that contain the knowledge you need. Don’t be afraid to ask a librarian for their help.
- Use Google, which seems like a rather simple answer but there is so much information out there just waiting to be found.
- Write down the facts that you discover and need and be sure to jot down how they are relevant to your novel.
Your novel is one thing, you are another (though certainly the two get tangled together).
- Look at what you have planned during November and figure out which days you might find it difficult to find free time due to prior commitments and find a place to slot writing in, even if it means you end up writing during breakfast.
- Become acquainted with the official forums and spend some time in the nanowrimo tag here on Tumblr. Get to know your fellow writers!
- Find someone (preferably someone also participating in NaNoWriMo) who you can rant to, share ideas with; someone who you can ask to check in on you and see how you’re going with your writing goal of the day and vice versa.
THINGS TO REMEMBER DURING NANOWRIMO.
- Avoid the temptation of going back and re-reading and editing your work, this is supposed to be a first draft and first drafts are unavoidably messy.
- Take care of yourself. Try and eat properly, get some exercise (during NaNoWriMo that walk to the fridge for writer’s fuel totally counts), hang out with your friends and family, enjoy life.
- Remember that NaNoWriMo is supposed to be fun, don’t pressure yourself too much.
- If you’re having trouble reaching the daily word count goal, split it into chunks: write 500 words here, 500 there, another 667 at another point in the day.
- If you find yourself running out of motivation here are some great (if I do say so myself) tips.
- Read some inspirational quotes to keep you going (or get you started).
A PRE-NANO CHALLENGE.
If you’re not too busy getting inspired, brainstorming, planning or any of that good stuff why not give Inktype’s NaNoWriMo preparation challenge a go?
Season 10 of Supernatural premieres tonight! If you like the show, you’ll love these paranormal-inspired YA books. Check out the list!
- Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake
- Unbreakable, Kami Garcia
- The Demon’s Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
- Angelfall, Susan Ee
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, April Tucholke
- The Space Between, Brenna Yovanoff
- Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
- The Curse of the Wendigo, Rick Yancey
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
- Asylum, Madeleine Roux
- Amity, Micol Ostow
- Mary: The Summoning, Hillary Monahan
- All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry
- The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
It’s October: Check out some YA Horror!
The Pickerington Public Library in Ohio has put together an incredible list of spooky YA reads for the month of October. Here’s what they have to say about their choices:
As many of you know, horror novels in YA can be tough to find. And they can be even harder to classify - is this bloody horror or is this mess-with-your-mind-cause-there’s-something-in-my-closet horror?
So we gave it a shot.
And we really did try to get a little bit of everything on here, even for those who aren’t horror fans at all but still might like a zombie novel or two, or a dash of necromancy/humor.
Whether you’re a seasoned horror fan or just getting your start, we hope you find a few chills and thrills within. Here are the books featured (and remember, like all of our genre/theme booklists, we don’t leave any title out on purpose.) You can also find this booklist on Pinterest, if you want to view it in full-size browser glory.
- Ashes by Ilsa Bick
- The Enemy by Charlie Higson
- Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
- Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
- Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
- Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
- Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
- This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
- Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
- You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay
- Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashbury
- Rotters by Daniel Kraus
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
- Man-Made Boy by John Skovron
- Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard
- The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
- Scowler by Daniel Kraus
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
- The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
- This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
- The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco
- Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
- Amity by Micol Ostow
- Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- MARY: The Summoning by Hilary Monahan
- The Fall by Bethan Griffin
- Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman
- Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
- Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
I can’t wait to dig into this list. Thanks to the PPL for putting this together!