November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Intrepid authors attempt to write 50,000 words (approximately 175 pages) during the month of November. This year the Runge Public Library is proud to join NaNoWriMo as part of its “Come Write In” program.
During the month of November we will provide space for local writers to work in. We have plenty of tables and chairs (and plenty of outlets), so please come on in and get your write on.
Writing space is available every day that we're open (M-W-F 9:30 – 5:30, T-Th 1 – 5). Writing is a solitary business, but knowing people who are struggling with the same kinds of things that you are can be a big help.
Reading out loud
We’re all aware of the pleasures of reading picture books aloud to little kids. The stories are short, the pictures are awesome, and there’s nothing more fun than making a little kid laugh. But why stop there? There are a ton of books for older kids that are just as awesome and just as fun to read aloud.
My all-time favorite is Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie. The movie is good, but the book is magical. Opal India Buloni is a young girl whose mother has abandoned the family and whose preacher father has moved them to new town where she doesn’t know anybody. Opal is a great character: strong voice, curious mind, and loving heart. Her loneliness is heartbreaking, but thankfully a big, scruffy, smelly dog comes along and manages to not only reconnect Opal and her father, but to connect them both to their new community. Winn-Dixie has a positive talent for helping lonely, shy people find each other. The book is sad, profound, and hilariously funny and an utter delight to read out loud.
This being Texas, I know a lot of you are familiar with Hank the Cowdog. Through 60 plus books Hank and Drover and Pete the cat and the coyotes and the buzzards and the whole gang have spun entertaining yarn after entertaining yarn. The fun factor rises exponentially when you share those books out loud: Texas accents, plenty of different characters and hilarious story lines add up to hours of fun.