Category Archive – What’s Going On

NaNoWriMo: Write All The Things!!!

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NaNoWriMo! The National Novel Writing Month. The one month of the year where writers from all over the world come together online and spend thirty days writing their fingers off in a mad-dash attempt to write a 50,000 word first draft novel in the time span of four weeks. That is correct. Fifty. Thousand. Words. Do you have any idea how much coffee must be consumed to make that deadline? Answer: Enough to keep Starbucks in the black until 2017

NaNoWriMo! Impossible you say? It just cannot be done? That this is the very definition of writing insanity? No! Yes! Maybe? Well you never know if anything is possible unless you give it a try. So try I am this year. I swear on the saddle of John Wayne’s big chestnut stallion Dollor am I ever going to try.

NaNoWriMo! Where the unexpected will always happen. I had originally planned on writing the sequel to The Princess Bride in the form of an incredibly outrageous medieval Spanish-style soap opera (you know, as they do in medieval Spain where the Spanish Inquisition rules…I’m all about the fan fiction okay? Fic writer and proud since ’04!). But no. It was not meant to be. Weeks of planning, outlining, storyboarding, research, post-it-note awareness, character sketches and biographies are now all just out the window. Well, actually everything is stored away on a hard-drive in my desk until December when this writing bonanza is officially over.

NaNoWriMo! Surprises around every corner. I find my mind currently shanghaied by a posse of Dead Cowboys with impressive facial hair. Why? Because when a long-dead gunslinger who happens to resemble Sam Elliott shows up with a party of Wild West deputies, wrangles, con-artists, trackers, gamblers and their horses all you can do as a writer is hush up, sit down, and start taking notes.

NaNoWriMo! The writing muse will take you wherever it may so if there is one lesson to be learned from all this it is that you will never know where a story will go but you can be sure that it is going to be one heck of an adventure.

NaNoWriMo! When writing a first draft of a novel is more stressful than trying to complete your thesis paper the night before it is due.

NaNoWriMo! When no matter how weird your storyline progresses your musical playlist is always on point.

NaNoWriMo! Where writers come together to spur each other on. No one gets left behind!

NaNoWriMo! Where write-in events are the events of the season! You don’t want to miss out in attending one because when wordsmiths gather together the creativity factor goes through the roof. Join me on Wednesday over at the Bathurst Clark library for a write-in event that is being hosted by the Vaughan Writer’s club from 6:30-8:30 pm. The call has gone out across the GTA on the official site so authors, literary nuts, poets et all will join in on the fun. Pack up your laptop, grab some snacks, fill a thermos full of something caffeinated, and get ready to write! See you there.

A Night to Dismember A.K.A Zombie Prom

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A night to dismember

On Saturday October 15th at 7pm the Pleasant Ridge Library will be hosting A Night to Dismember. Get your “prom-posals” ready because this is like a real prom. With suits, prom dresses, corsages, dancing, but all with a bit of a zombie flare! There will be a DJ and dancing, Zombie themed activities including trivia and the Thriller dance, and at the end we will crown the zombie king and queen. Food! Did I mention food? No not just brains, we’ll have pizza, drinks and snacks. Sound awesome? Either contact the library at 905-653-7323 or email me Christine.Oosterhof@Vaughan.ca to reserve your spot. It’s FREE!

 

 

New Program – Teen Issues Council

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Teen Issues Council is a new program being piloted at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library and Civic Centre Resource Library locations. Teen Issues Council is for teens 13+. We will discuss issues that matter to teens in an open and safe environment. Teens will gain public speaking skills, presentation skills and even debating skills. A librarian will be present at the meetings to guide teens to authoritative sources and also to help teens set up community speakers to present at their sessions. We are hoping that you will be able to promote this program to clubs in your school as well as in the guidance office. It will be held every Thursday night 7:00 – 8:30pm at Bathurst Clark and 3:30-5:00pm at Civic Centre. They can register either by emailing me @ Christine.oosterhof@vaughan.ca (please let me know which one you want to join) or calling 905-653-7323 and asking to speak to the information desk.

Teen Summer Reading Challenge End of Summer Party: Escape the Library 2

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Howdy Teens,

 

As many of you know we held an after hours event for the end of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Mission Impossible (TSRC). It was held at the Civic Centre Resource library on September 3rd. Twenty-five enthusiastic teens descended on the library from 7 – midnight to test their escape room skills. There were three different rooms; The Dojo, The Library (of course) and Declaration House. For a teen perspective on this event have a look at Katia’s blog post.

On September 3rd we also presented the TSRC grand prize to the draw winner Beata. Congratulations Beata!

We are starting a mailing list for teens who want to know about upcoming events, programs and services. If you would like to be on the list please email me : Christine.oosterhof@Vaughan.ca

That’s all for now folks!

 

Pokemon League @ CCRL starting Today!

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Hey Pokefans,

Lonnie from the Library here, better known as Pokemon Professor Freedman (that’s a real rank, I passed a test for it).

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Starting September 8 at the new Civic Centre Resource Library, we are holding a Pokemon League every other Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm! The schedule for the next three months is:

Sept. 8 & 22

Oct. 6 & 20

Nov. 3 & 17

If you have Pokemon Cards, old or new, bring them with you and battle other players to win free cards! If you don’t know how to play, no problem, we’ll teach you. If you don’t have cards, no worries, you can borrow the library’s decks. Be sure to bring your 3DS to battle other trainers too or play Pokemon Go in the library — the #pokepossibilities are endless.

See you trainers then!

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