Due to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our patrons and staff, the Library will be closing until further notice as of 5pm on Friday, March 13th. Please note that all fines will be waived during this time. Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and our movie streaming service (Kanopy). Thank you in advance for your understanding.
The antidote for social distance? Digital connection. Stay tuned for programs you can attend from home.
Remote Tech Help
We're all struggling with how to stay connected with one another now that we're using social distance to contain the spread of COVID-19. If you need help learning to use mobile technologies like your phone, tablet, or computer, you can still get help from the library! Set up a half-hour long appointment time with Erik, our adult services librarian, for help via phone or video conference. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Write Your Own Flash Fiction
Thursday, April 9th at 6 PM & Thursday, April 23rd at 6 PM
What's flash fiction? We're so glad you asked! Flash fiction is the quippy little name for quick little stories usually of no more than a page or two. For this video conference meeting on Zoom, we're going to read our own examples of flash fiction. The stories you write can be about anything. You can work from prompts below, or make up your own. The only rule is: you must write a complete story in fewer than 250 words. Are you up for the challenge?
Registration is required to attend this program. You must have a valid email address to join the web conference. Your emails will be kept private from other participants. Please contact Erik at email@example.com for more information or with questions about how to use Zoom.
3 Minute Book Talk!
Monday, April 13th at 6 PM & Monday, April 27th at 6 PM
Unconventional times call for unconventional book clubs. In this digital book discussion group, you will have 3 minutes to talk about a book you read recently and why you'd recommend it to the rest of the group. The idea is to give a quick pitch to everyone in attendance so that we can all leave with a list of great books to check out on OverDrive, Libby, RBdigital, Audible, or other favorite locations to find ebooks and audio books.
What was the book about (without spoiling the plot)? Why would you recommend someone else read it? How did it make you feel? Let's find more ways for digital connection during this time of social distancing.
Registration is required to attend this program. View this tutorial about how to join virtual library programs. You can find more resources about how to use Zoom, a video conferencing program, on their website.
Please contact Erik at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with questions about how to use Zoom.
Wednesday, April 15 at 6 PM
*Click the photo above to go to our Google Drive folder*
Within the folder are forms for the workshop sign-up sheet, a list of group member contacts, and materials to be workshopped for the coming sessions. Participants may choose to email work privately to other participants rather than upload to these public folders.
Come join us for a newly started ongoing program: Book Writers! Whether you're all finished with 50,000 words from National Novel Writing Month and want to go to the next step, need to make the finishing touches on a manuscript, or you're just getting started, one of the best ways to keep going is to work with a group of other writers with their own projects and pursuits to keep you motivated. Make 2020 the year you're ready to get serious about getting published.
Please contact Erik at email@example.com for information about the next workshop before attending. View this tutorial about how to join virtual library programs. You can find more resources about how to use Zoom, a video conferencing program, on their website.
A Living List of Workshop Rules
- Workshops run for 30 minutes per piece of writing.
- Two workshop slots per meeting, with a 30 minute freebie block of time at the end for smaller pieces or discussions.
- Pieces cannot exceed 20 pages at a time, and are to be read by participants the weeks before the workshop date.
- Pieces must be uploaded to the Drive or sent via emails to everyone the meeting before they're scheduled to workshop, otherwise they must sign up for a later date.
- No speaking about, defending, or otherwise explaining your writing while your piece is up for discussion until the last 5 minutes!