November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s an internet-based creative writing project shared by thousands of would-be writers (Wrimos) since 1999.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Published authors provide tips and encouragement via social media. There is an active group of West Michigan wrimos who are blogging online – take a look and consider joining them.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Have you ever wondered if there is a book in you? Start writing this month and find out!
Check out our LLC book display with titles that will interest the wrimo in you.
Librarian Mike Klawitter recently curated a book display about the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit and Grand Rapids.
The 50th anniversary of these events causes Michiganders to ask ourselves what has or hasn’t changed, and why?
For a scholarly look at the Detroit riots, see Joe T. Darden’s 2013 book, Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. (multiple user e-book)
In honor of Opening Day 2017, librarian Lori DeBie curated a book display titled, Play Ball! Come in, take a look, check something out!
To get ready for a great baseball season, take a peek at some of the sports magazines GRCC’s Library licenses, and, have some fun with Brainy Quotes about baseball. Batter Up!
Although the GRCC Library’s collection is primarily acquired to support the college’s curriculum, our staff realizes the value of providing students options for leisure reading. Breaks from studying and research are necessary and well-deserved, after all! The library offers students fiction and graphic novel reading selections – in print and ebook versions.
Come in today and check out the new graphic novel display that is on our Circulation desk, designed by our Evening Circulation Associate Toni Harrington. To browse more titles, head up to the second floor of the library where the graphic novel section is located at the beginning of the circulating collection.
To view a list of graphic novels retained, click here.
By Tess Alliston
Check out our latest book display on the first floor of the Library! This month’s display showcases selections from the 2015 Michigan Notable Books, as well as some from previous years. If you didn’t know, 20 books are chosen to be on this list each year by the Library of Michigan. The following books comprise this year’s list:
1. The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A.J. Baime
2. The Art of Memory: Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan by Thomas R. Dilley
3. Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan, illustrated by David Miles
4. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
5. Bright Shards of Someplace Else by Monica McFawn
6. Burnt Toast Makes you Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
7. The Contract by Derek Jeter
8. A Detroit Anthology edited by Anna Clark
9. Eight Mile High by Jim Ray Daniels
10. The Fish and the Not Fish by Peter Markus
11. Making Callaloo in Detroit by Lolita Hernandez
12. Michigan Agricultural College Campus Life 1900-1925: A Postcard Tour by Stephen Terry
13. Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron
14. Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past by Sally Howell
15. A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade by Barbara Rylko-Bauer
16. Rivers of Sand: Fly Fishing Michigan and the Great Lakes Region by Josh Greenberg
17. Songs Only You Know: A Memoir by Sean Madigan Hoen
18. Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
19. Strange Love by Lisa Lenzo
20. Strings Attached by Diane DeCillis
The books chosen are either written by a Michigan author, or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region. It dates back to 1991 when it began as part of the celebrations for Michigan Week. More information can be found here on the Library of Michigan website.
View one of the electronic books from the comfort of your home or stop in to check one out!