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Where has your librarian been all summer? If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen a new blog post since June, well, the answer is that this has been a crazy busy summer full of fun events. Between write-ins four times a week, Story Camp, kids’ read-alouds, and a writing class of her own, your librarian spent nearly 90 hours in the library in July. (Compare that to about twenty hours in an average month.)

Well, July is over, and most of the summer programming is, too. Only one thing remains—an author Skype party next Tuesday—and then it’ll be time to start transitioning into fall.

So what’s been going on all summer?

  • Thanks to some really great helpers, Story Camp was a huge success. We had eight kids, ranging in age from 6 to 11, and they all enjoyed listening to Roverandom, playing games, learning about storytelling, and creating their own stories. We grown-ups learned and had fun right along with the kids, and we’re eager to do this again next summer!
  • We had a few participants at our write-ins, although i didn’t find out how they enjoyed writing or how their writing went. Hopefully that was a fruitful time for them (it certainly was for me), and i’m looking forward to trying again sometime. November, the biggest month of the novel-writing year, offers city-wide (worldwide, really) activities and a lot of hype. i wonder if anyone would be interested in National Novel Writing Month in November?
  • Our read-alouds have been fantastic. We’ve been reading through The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton, and the kids are really enjoying it. We read one to two chapters on a given Sunday morning, accompanied by coloring pages (or blank paper) and crayons. We’ve got 13 chapters left, so the readings will likely not be finished by the time school starts, but hey—it’s been a blast. i’ve really been enjoying my library kiddos.

Speaking of Jennifer Trafton, we’re Skyping her in next Tuesday, August 12, for an author chat! If you’ve read her book, or have heard a ton about it from the kids in your life, you might want to consider coming. She’s eager to meet us, and we can’t wait to talk to a real live author and ask her questions. The Skype portion of the party will be twenty minutes long, and it’ll be bookended by coloring pages, snacks, and other book-related fun. Come up to the library at 9:30 a.m. (the program runs until 11). We’ve got four copies of Mount Majestic in the library, so if you want to pick up a copy before the party, just stop by!

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Jennifer Trafton and The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

Now, who wants a few new items?

  • Be Ye Transformed, by Chuck & Nancy Missler (248.4 Mis)
  • Lilith and Phantastes, both by George MacDonald (Fic Mac)
  • Evangellyfish, by Douglas Wilson (Fic Wil), added just today!
  • Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien (Juv Fic Tol)
  • National Novel Writing Month’s Young Novelist Workbook, elementary edition (Juv 808.3 Nat)

Keep your eyes peeled—we’ve got a whole box of new books that’ll hit the shelves later this week, and even more library fun on the way!


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Every great book begins with a small idea and someone brave enough to write it down.

Do you have a story inside you? This July, let it out!

  • You don’t need to be an experienced writer.
  • You don’t need to be a great speller.
  • You don’t need to have an opinion on Oxford commas.
  • You don’t even need a well-thought-out plot.

You just need an idea, and the desire and determination to see it through. And you don’t have to do it alone! Kid, teen, or adult, we’ve got a summer writing program for you.

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Story Camp is open to kids ages 6-12. We’ll play storytelling games, read a great little book together (J.R.R. Tolkien’s Roverandom), learn about story elements such as setting and character development, and spend time writing our own books. There is no cost to attend, but for a small fee ($5-6), kids can take home a professionally-bound paperback copy of their story after Camp ends! Story Camp will take place in the library July 14-18, 9:30-noon.

  • Call the office (970-223-5770) by July 10 to register.

Teens and adults:

Camp NaNoWriMo is an international, month-long summer program associated with National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. Your librarian has participated for two years now and loved it! November’s program is an exhilarating challenge, whereas the summer programs are a bit more relaxed. Set your own word count goal, pick a genre, and just go—the whole point is to put words on the page without worrying about how it’ll all work out. Revision is for later! Join us in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays all through July for moral support, writing challenges, and snacks (9am-3pm, 7-9pm). You don’t have to come to all the write-ins to participate; drop in and out as you’re able.

  • Sign up at the Camp NaNo website, and send me a message (username: mrsjonathanhittle) to join our private cabin, where we can encourage each other throughout the month. If you need any help with this, i’ll be happy to help you out at one of our write-ins, or you can contact me via phone or email.

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This summer is shaping up to be a wonderful, exciting three months of reading and playing (and even writing!) together. Last week you saw the broad brushstrokes of our master plan, and this week i’ll layer on some details.

Read-alouds: On June 1, we start reading together The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, this year’s Christ Center Reads! children’s book. Your librarian is so excited to read it to you! We’ll be reading between 10 and 10:30 every Sonday morning in the children’s section. At the end of this post, i’ll share a video clip of the first chapter to whet your appetite! This is such a fun, beautiful, adventurous book. You’ll love it. 🙂

Kickoff party: On June 11, a Wednesday night, we’ll have a kids’ summer program kickoff party. We’ll start at 7:pm, so that parents can bring their elementary-aged kids at the same time as they bring the older kids for youth group. We’ll have games and snacks and an introduction to all the marvelous library activities you’ll be able to participate in all summer long—our reading program, Story Camp, and more!

Story Camp: Speaking of Story Camp, we’ve got dates set for that, too: July 14-18. We’re still working out whether morning or afternoon would be better for parents and kids (if you’ve got thoughts on that, please let us know!). This will be a daily, VBS-style adventure where kids can experience stories, talk about their favourites, learn about how stories work, and even try their hand at writing their own stories. It’s geared toward elementary-aged kids, although children as young as 5 can participate with a parent.

Teen/adult story-writing opportunities: If you’d like to explore storytelling but are older than elementary-aged, never fear—we’ll have opportunities for you to get together with other aspiring writers throughout the month of July. We’ll host once- or twice-weekly write-ins, where you can bring your ideas, a laptop or notebook and pen, and drop by the library to discover the story inside you. This program will be modeled after Camp NaNoWriMo, part of an international organization (NaNoWriMo) that exists to encourage you that you, too, can write a book. All it takes is trying. 🙂

Excited yet? We can’t wait to get started on all these great activities. In the meanwhile, come pick up a book or a scavenger hunt, and click below to listen to the first chapter of Mount Majestic.

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Your librarian has been meaning to run a kids’ summer reading program for awhile, and this year, it’s finally happening! Also happening are read-alouds, activities promoting our Christ Center Reads children’s book of 2014, Story Camp, a book giveaway, and a Skype chat with an author! This is shaping up to be a busy—and fun!—summer for all our young patrons. Teens and grown-ups, don’t worry; we’ll have fun stuff for you, too. 🙂

Details are still in the works, but here’s what we have so far:



Excited? We sure are! Interested in helping out? Let us know! Keep an eye out for more details (you can sign up for Facebook notifications, or subscribe to the blog if you want email updates!), and don’t hesitate to send questions our way. 🙂

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