The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 24, 2013

Get ready for NaNoWriMo

By Holly Youngquist
Special to the Herald

---- — Join Del Nelson and members of the Quad-Cities Fly Fishing Association today at 6 p.m. for a Fly Tying class to teach you how to tie your own flies.

Class size is limited to 10 people so please call the library to register. This program is free and open to the public.

Trunk or Treat on the block

On Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. bring your kids to “the Block” for a safe one stop trick or treating activity which coincides with the downtown business trick or treat night.

The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, the Clinton Public Library and the YWCA have joined together to form “the Block” in order to serve the families of Clinton. Trick or Treat from car to car through the large Discovery Center parking lot where all three neighbor buildings have teamed up to hand out free candy. If you would like to decorate your car and trunk to participate, please sign up at the children’s desk on the second floor of the library.

Haunted in the Stacks

Who ain’t afraid of no ghosts? The Quantum Psi Group of Cedar Rapids.

Come to the library for this entertaining program about ghost hunting, haunted Clinton and more on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the main branch of the library. This fun Halloween program is open to all ages.

Write Your Romance

Love is in the air as the library hosts “Write Your Romance” on Monday at 6 p.m. This fun evening will be taught by “The Stiletto Girls,” authors Maggie Rivers and C. Deanne Rowe. Deanne has plenty of experience with National Novel Writing Month and can answer any prep questions you have.

Maggie and Deanne will teach the basics of story dynamics including where to get story ideas, creating character archetypes, determining the central story question, and how to use a conflict diagram.

Even if you’re not into writing a romance, you’ll find the same writing principles apply to other genres as well. So come on and join us. This class is free and open to the public.

Afternoon Adventures

Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades 1 through 5. Visit the library on Wednesday to attend a fun Spook Fair.

NaNoWriMo Launch Party

The NaNoWriMo launch party will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be an informal “Meet and Greet” so you can get to know your fellow NaNo-ers and maybe do some last minute brainstorming before you start your novel on Nov. 1.

Iowans who fought against the Union

Most Iowans think that the state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War. In reality, at least 67 Iowa residents served the Confederacy.

This talk will focus on five of them, including two who had lived in Clinton County. David Connon will explore their motivations and describe their pre-war, war-time, and post-war experiences on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. in the children’s non-fiction room at the main library. Program made possible by a grant from Humanities Iowa.

Internet research for writers

Need help with research? On Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. I will offer a class called “Internet Research for Writers.” As your instructor, my mission is to help you get the most out of your search engine.

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month write-ins

Clinton area writers, get ready. November is NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. That’s when writers tackle the challenge of completing a 50,000 word novel from scratch during the month of November.

This year, the Clinton Public Library will be a host location for area writers with write-ins each Wednesday night from 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Writers are invited and encouraged to bring their laptop or pen and paper to the Root Cellar to get a solid two-hour block of time to write.

Holly Youngquist is the Adult Programming Librarian at the Clinton Public Library.