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BASALT REGIONAL

LIBRARY Magazine & Program Brochure

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH November 2020


What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. You may know this mass creative explosion by the name National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo—but that's not all that NaNoWriMo is! NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that supports writing fluency and education. But it's also a social network for writers like LinkedIn is for job professionals, or DeviantArt is for artists, or Facebook is for moms whose kids accept their friend requests only to provide them with "limited profile" access. It tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps for the ambulatory. It's a realworld event, during which 900+ volunteers in places like Mexico City, Seoul, and Milwaukee coordinate communal writing sessions in thousands of partnering libraries, coffee shops, and community centers like‌ well, like nothing else. It's internet-famous. It's a community-powered fandom (before there was the Beyhive, or Nerdfighters, there were Wrimos). It's a start-up incubator for novels (books like Water for Elephants, Fangirl, and WOOL began as rough drafts in November!). It's a teaching tool, it's a curriculum, and its programs run year-round. Whatever you thought NaNoWriMo was, it is more than that.

Reprinted from https://nanowrimo.org/about-nano


Virtual Game Night:

Among Us

Mon, Nov. 16, 6:30-8PM


Adult Programs Community Free Legal Clinic From Home * Volunteer attorneys will assist you with your legal matters, one-on-one via a phone call. Meetings are a maximum of 15 minutes. Please sign-up by calling 970-927-4311 or emailing info@basaltlibrary.org before the day of the clinic.

Literature Practice Your Spanish By Reading Latin American Authors With Angélica * Practice your Spanish while discussing novels or stories by renowned Latin American authors. Sessions will be led by Angélica Breña, and conversations can be carried out in Spanish or English, with the goal that your Spanish speaking skills will improve. Reading material will be provided. November's meeting will feature a historical trip to Costa Rica through the love story "Limón Blues" by Anacristina Rossi To register please contact Berenice Forrest at 970-927-4311 or bforrest@basaltlibrary.org. Tues, Nov. 17, 5-6PM

Thurs, Nov. 12, 4-5PM

Movies Games Virtual Game Night: Among Us * Are you sus? Or, is your best friend yellow sus? Join us virtually to play Among Us, a game where your best friend could stab you in the back. Can you solve the mystery before you are killed? Or maybe... you're the one doing the killing? The library will have

Kanopy Movie Club * Looking for a place to discuss cutting edge films and documentaries? Look no further - it's the Basalt LIbrary Kanopy Movie Club! With just your Library card thousands of incredible and educational films are available to watch instantly. Every Friday we will be discussing a fun and informative film in our Zoom meeting. The featured films for November are: "Recorder: the Marion Stokes Project" - November 6 "Four Lions" - November 13 "After Parkland" - November 20 Fridays, 2-3PM

Library Business

a discord chat set up for

Finance Committee Meeting

players to communicate

Monthly meeting of the Library’s finance committee.

with each other and

Wed, Nov. 11, 5:15-7PM

gaming headsets available

BRLD Board of Trustees Meeting

for check out. Email Laura@ basaltlibrary.org to register. Mon, Nov. 16, 6:30-8PM

Monthly meeting of the Library’s board of trustees. Mon, Nov. 16, 4-6PM


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* Advance registration required

Music Music From the Library: Broadway to Jazz Many of your favorite jazz songs of the 30's and 40's were songs originally written for Broadway musicals. Their chord progressions were used by jazz musicians with 'rhythm changes' and these variations became know as 'jazz standards'. Cathy Markle and Mike Monroney, vocalists, accompanied by David Dyer, piano, and Steve Cole, wind instruments, will take you on a trip down memory lane with performances of songs such as "Begin the Beguine", and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' in a Grass Roots televised performance. Other viewings will be made available on YouTube and FaceBook after this date. Thurs, Nov. 19, 5:30-6:30PM

Technology Classes To suggest a class topic call 970-927-4311 ext 1013 or email cbaumgarten@basaltlibrary.org.

En Español Crea Tu Cuento Crea tu cuento en Español está diseñado para bebés y niños pequeños. En un lapso de tiempo de 5 a 10 minutos le introduciremos al mundo de las rimas, juegos de palabras y canciones así como también inventamos cuentos utilizando imágenes de nuestro alrededor, logrando de esta manera que ambos el niño y el adulto puedan establecer una comunicación grata y afectiva. Desarrollar el placer de comunicar, de crear y de pensar favorece el desarrollo armónico del niño como por ejemplo, enriquece su vocabulario, que más adelante lo ayudará con la lectura. Tues, Nov. 10, 20 & 27, 10AM

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WANT TO WRITE AN ENTIRE BOOK IN A MONTH? START WITH THESE 21 PROMPTS By Melissa Ragsdale For me, November is the best month of the year for one reason: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Writers all over the world take up the challenge, and while it is definitely hard, it's an excellent way to motivate yourself to write that book. Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month ultimately means writing 1,667 words per day. While that task may seem daunting, it is not impossible. All you need is the right attitude, and maybe just a little push in the right direction. And if you're sitting here wondering "What would I even write about?" — don't worry, I've got some ideas. Here are 21 writing prompts to jumpstart your NaNoWriMo project. You can use these to start off your novel on Nov. 1, or you can turn to them when it's the middle of the month and you feel stuck. The most important thing is just to keep writing. Turn of your inner-editor, and let your fingers fly over the keys. The most exciting thing about NaNoWriMo is that you never know where your novel may end up. So, if you're taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge this year, good luck and happy writing!


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Start your novel with a scene that takes place in the cafeteria of your high school. But one huge thing is completely different...

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Every year, when the clock strikes midnight on November 30, something very small (and very important) happens. What is it?

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One morning, your grandmother takes you aside and tells you there is a huge family secret that it's time you know. But even though the thing she tells you is outrageous, there's a part of you that isn't surprised. What's the secret?

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Tell your readers everything you can about a character who is cursed by never being able to tell the truth (even when they want to).

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A huge tech company has just announced their newest technology: A brand new device that has the power to change the world forever. But minutes after they make their announcement, they discover the device has been stolen. What happens next?

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Start by describing (in as much detail as possible) a setting that is filled with danger at every turn. But standing right in the middle of it, is the person you would least expect to be there...

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In a stunning turn of events, the citizens of Florida have elected an actual, literal bird to Congress in the midterm elections. How did this happen, and how does it play out?

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No one knows the REAL story of how your main character became famous. But now this, your novel, is their tell-all book. Spill those secrets!

There's long-lost pirate treasure buried somewhere in your hometown. What happens when someone discovers an ancient map with clues as to where it's hidden?

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What if the story of Snow White was a psychological suspense? Or if Cinderella was an epic fantasy? Take your favorite fairy tale, and rewrite it in a different genre.

10 Finally, after years and years of hard work, your main character is finally going to get to achieve their dream of going to space. But they almost don't want to go when they find out who is going to be in the spaceship with them...

11 Write a novel that takes place in a school that is, well... unusual. What about this school makes it unlike any other?

12 Your main character is sitting at home, minding their own business, when they get a phone call. The person on the other line tells them that they're from the future, and it's vitally important that they don't hang up. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. What happens next?

13 The Olympic committee has made up an entirely new sport that will be featured in the next round of games, and there's a lot of controversy surrounding it. Write from the perspective of the athletes who will be competing.

Your main character is a world traveler, who has been nearly everywhere. But there's one last place that they've never been able to go. Tell the story of why that is and how they manage to get there.

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One morning, a woman wakes up to find a tiger in her house. What happens next?

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Write from the perspective of a character who has your dream job. What is their life like?

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Your main character thought they were signing up for a magic camp where they would be learning tricks and illusions. But instead they find that this camp teaches real magic. What happens next?

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Your main character is on a first date that actually seems to be going pretty well! But then their date says something that changes their life forever...

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There's a huge deadline coming up for your main character, and they'll go to any lengths to meet it. What happens when they go to the extreme?

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Aliens have landed on Earth, and they have one simple request in exchange for peace. What is it? Reprinted from https://www.bustle.com/p/21nanowrimo-writing-prompts-to-help-youget-started-on-your-manuscript-12635613


HOW (AND WHY) TO KEEP LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION IN AN UNINSPIRED YEAR

By Sabrina Howard In times like this, finding the desire to write can be hard, and sometimes finding the inspiration to be creative can feel like a Herculean task. Here are 3 ways that NaNo Participant Sabrina Howard assures can help inspire you to write your next adventure. Scarcity is weighing heavily on people around the world, from lack of clean water, food, and natural resources to—in a more abstract sense—inspiration. Perhaps this year especially you’ve struggled to find inspiration in a world that seems to have lost its magic. What can you do when inspiration is hard to find? In the words of Jurassic Park’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, “Life, uh, finds a way.” I wish I could give you a secret, a trick, a backdoor. But the truth is when things are hard to find, we grit our teeth and we look harder. Writers, too, must find a way. Here are three different ways you can deepen your search for inspiration—in the familiar, the unfamiliar, and even the nonexistent.

1. Look in Familiar Places Start with the familiar places. If, like me, you often find inspiration in music, start there. Jump down the YouTube rabbit hole or scour Spotify, Pandora, or local radio frequencies for new favorites. Search long enough, and you’re bound to hit on something. Likewise, if you’re usually inspired by the works of other authors, read an old favorite, take a look at your TBR pile, head to your local library, or surf the web for quality content. 2. Explore the Unfamiliar On the other hand, maybe what you need is a blast of something fresh. Try venturing outside your well-worn pathways. What does this mean? Read a book you normally wouldn’t. Listen to an artist you’ve never heard before. Go on a walk or run along a path different from your usual route. Try new foods. Learn a new dance. These unfamiliar experiences will provide new inputs to your creative process, and will hopefully spark equally unexpected ideas. 3. Look for What Isn’t There Lastly, if you can’t find inspiration in the things around you, try focusing not on what’s there,

but on what isn’t. Maybe you’ve been stuck staring at the same four walls for a few months now. (Trust me, you aren’t the only one.) You know every item around you. The ivy on the windowsill, the Space Needle magnet on the fridge, the string lights you hung in your bedroom to make the space cozier. But what if you had twenty plants crammed together on the windowsill, luscious leaves spilling over terra cotta pots and onto the floor. What kind of character would have a windowsill like that? A hobby botanist searching for undiscovered plants in the Amazon? A space captain who misses the greenery of Earth? Maybe it’s a hardened detective with a roommate who runs a community garden non-profit. Try changing your surroundings in your head, then asking questions about those new surroundings. You might find inspiration out of empty space. Whichever way you decide to look, just keep looking. They say necessity is the mother of invention. Let the need for story carry you through the month of November and beyond. Because if there’s a time for magic, it’s now. If there’s a time for new worlds and unexplored galaxies, it’s now. If there’s a time for stories that comfort, that intrigue, that thrill, that inspire— it’s now. We need the power of story more than ever before. Writers, grab your notebook. Open your laptop. Pull up an app on your phone. Scrawl on the corners of napkins if you have to. Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. It’s time. Go. Write. We need you. https://blog.nanowrimo.org/ post/630521784879513600/how-and-why-tokeep-looking-for-inspiration-in


ONE - ON - ONE

COLLEGE ESSAY HELP 50 MINUTE SESSIONS STARTING AT 4 OR 5 PM

or f E l o E FR scho h ! s g i r h o i n se SPACE IS LIMITED & REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED bit.ly/BRLessay

WEDNESDAYS NOV. 18, DEC. 2, 9, & 16 4-6 PM COMMUNITY ROOM

basaltlibrary.org/kanopy


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FocusedKids Parenting Series

Children and Teen Programs Grab and Go Activities

Pick up a different craft or activity every week! Pick up will be during the Grab and Go Lunch hour on the Eastern entrance to the library. Wednesdays, 12-1PM

Free Grab & Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

Stop by the library on Wednesday afternoons for a free graband go-lunch! These shelf-stable snack lunches are for kids and teens 18 years old and younger but may also be picked up by a parent or caregiver. Take them home for later, or enjoy your lunch while responsibly socially distanced in the park behind the library - just make sure to pick up after yourself. Facemasks and social distancing are required at pick up. This program is provided in partnership with the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. Wednesdays, 1-2PM

Teen Poetry and Performance Workshop

Theater artist and creative writer Leila Milanfar will lead a fiveweek, after-school program that will teach you the basics of poetry and performance. During each session you will read inspiring poetry, play fun theater games, and create your own art. This program is for teens in grades 7+. Space is limited, registration is required. For more info, or to register, visit basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar Wed, Nov. 4, 2:15-3PM

Outside Storytime

Welcome to Outside Storytime! We are excited to invite families back to our early literacy storytimes. Designed for 3-5 year olds, we will enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes on the front lawn of the library, weather permitting. Please bring your own seating arrangements. We will be practicing social distancing by separating households 6 feet apart. Anyone over the age of 10 must wear a mask. Thursdays, 10:30-11AM

A 3-week conversation lead by FocusedKids that aims to support families as they prepare for the holidays during these challenging times. Each week will provide parents a way to connect with other parents and with calming strategies so you can show up for yourself and kids in a healthy way. Registration is required. Conversations will be held on Zoom Thurs, Nov. 5, 12 & 19, 7-8PM

Outside Music Class Welcome to Outside Storytime! We are excited to invite families back to our early literacy storytimes. Designed for 3-5 year olds, we will enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes on the front lawn of the library, weather permitting. Please bring your own seating arrangements. We will be practicing social distancing by separating households 6 feet apart. Anyone over the age of 10 must wear a mask. Fridays, 10:30-11AM

One-On-One College Essay Help Available in 50-minute appointments, students can meet with our essay coach, Leila Milanfar, at the library or online via video chat. Appointments are available at 4:00 and 5:00 PM. Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up early! Wed, Nov. 18, 7-8PM


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