By Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald
---- — Sad news for readers last week. Best-selling author Tom Clancy passed away on Oct. 1 at the age of 66. His military thrillers took the world by storm with his debut novel "The Hunt for Red October" in 1984 and many of his best-sellers have been made into hit movies.
Mr. Clancy has a new release due out from his publishers on Dec. 3 entitled "Command Authority." Readers may place holds on this upcoming release at the library.
Happily Ever After book club
The Happily Ever After romance book club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library board room on the second floor. Paranormal romance is the focus for October when we’ll be reading, "Second Sight" nby Amanda Quick.
At this meeting we’ll pick our next read. Interested readers may still sign up; just contact the library. You can place holds on the book or read your own copy.
Afternoon Adventures – Read-a-thon
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 come read to a very friendly dog who wants to hear a good story.
The theme for next week is Apples and Leaves. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be held on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at \243-5436.
Fly Tying Class
Join Del Nelson and members of the Quad Cities Fly Fishing Association on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. for a program to teach you how to tie your own flies.
Spend the winter tying some great lures for fishing season next year. 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 Friday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. bring your kids to the library for a safe one stop trick or treating activity which coincides with the downtown business trick or treat night. What is trunk or treating?
It's exactly like trick or treating except instead of going from house to house asking for candy, kids go from car to car through the library lot. If you would like to decorate your car/trunk and participate, please sign up at the Children's Desk on the second floor.
Haunted in the Stacks
The Quantum Psi Group of Cedar Rapids will come to the library to discuss ghost hunting, haunted Clinton and more on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. QPG was formed to provide educational opportunities — scientific and metaphysical — to assist the public with knowledge of paranormal events, concentrating on the survival of consciousness outside of the physical realm.
This fun Halloween program is open to all ages.
NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month
Clinton area writers, get ready. November is NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is 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. The library will have write-ins each Wednesday night in November between 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.
Other writers’ activities include the following:
• On Oct. 28, love is in the air as the library hosts “Write your Romance." Create a to-die-for hero and a strong, smart heroine destined for their happy ending in your NaNo romance.
This fun evening will be taught by “The Stiletto Girls,” authors Maggie Rivers and C. Deanne Rowe. Deanne has plenty of experience with NaNo and can answer any prep questions you have.
• 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.
• 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.
• “Write your Mystery” on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. with Misty Evans and Amy Manemann. They return to the library to help mystery writers learn how to plant false leads, create believable characters, and plot a suspenseful mystery. Misty and Amy enjoy answering questions too.
Finally, our writing programs will come to a close on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. with an informative class about writing non-fiction. Learn how to write memoirs and family histories from author Lyle Ernst.
So remember, November is the month for writers at the library.
Holly Youngquist is the Adult Programming Librarian at the Clinton Public Library.