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Come Write In: Nightwriters Edition

A NaNoWriMo Event

During National Novel Writing Month, Nightwriters transforms into Come Write In. Drop into our weekly writer's lounge for coffee, tea and contemplation every Tuesday in November from 6-8 p.m. Register for NaNoWriMo and get swag to keep you writing! A special gift awaits the first participants.

Kathryn Brown Ramsperger

The Road to Your Novel's Finish Line

with Kathryn Brown Ramsperger

30 days. 50,000 words. One novel. Easier said than done. On Nov. 15 at 10 a.m., half-way through the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), please join us at Tenley Library to learn from a local writer about the writing process, its challenges, and how to overcome them. Kathryn Brown Ramsperger will share lessons from the road she travels bringing a novel to the finish line. 

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Start with Zero

A handful of compelling nonfiction from the 000–099s

Books about computers and related digital topics are a popular subject in the zero (0) call number area in the non-fiction section. However there are other subjects covered within this area of the Dewey Decimal System. Below are a selection of titles representing topics found in the zero call number range. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

All about Libraries with Annie!

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Hello out there, everyone in the DC Public Library blogiverse.

Wishes Fulfilled

Leaps of Faith

Titles to inspire personal growth

The books in this compilation are for the most part biographical. Spirituality played a deep and transformative role in the lives of each of the subjects. It catalyzed their lives and moved them from anonymity to influence. It got them over fears, hurdles, tragedies, insufficiencies and other types of adversity. Self-realization is a major theme in this list. These books explore the question of what we can become if our beliefs about who we are change.

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The Art of Cursive Writing

What’s your style of handwriting? Which do you prefer, long or shorthand? During this four week workshop, we will explore the different levels of penmanship leading up to cursive writing. We will experiment with various writing instruments such as pencils, pens, markers and crayons.

Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

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The Human Spirit

I am drawn to people's personal stories of triumph over adversity. I think often about the imagery and symbolism of the lotus plant. The lotus shoot has to grow through the mud of swamps and other still bodies of water. The unseen shoot struggles upward towards the light and when it pierces the surface, a beautiful flower unfurls. What these stories have in common is they explore the resiliency of human peoples despite the misfortunes that can happen in any person's life.

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Inspirational Writing Books

Don't Give Up Your New Year's Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to write the great American novel or take up another artistic endeavor? Are you now finding yourself a month after New Years, with your goals and hopes dashed? You need a creativity pep talk. The following is a list of books designed to get you back on track, restore your enthusiasm and remind you of why you started that creative project in the first place.  

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Zine Lab

A New Creative Space Emerges

Woodridge kicked off the New Year with a burst of creativity at Zine Lab on Jan. 8. Presented with support from DC Zinefest, which moved to the neighborhood last summer with its 8th Annual Fest at Art Enables, Zine Lab provides a creative space for anyone curious about zines, or already making them, to brainstorm and get to work at the library. We're continuing the flow of ideas with two more Zine Labs this spring, open to Teens and Adults. Mark your calendars for:

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