Something exciting just arrived at the library. Something big. Something that will take teams of people to put together (okay, not really, but at least one person will have to spend some time here with tools).
We’re looking forward to unwrapping the boxes and bringing something new to the library. It will revolutionize our lives and yours. It will make us better people. It will change the world!! (I’m exaggerating. But it will be fun!)
Any ideas? Think you know what we’ve got in these boxes?
You either love her writing and you don’t, as we hear quite often at the library. But author Margaret Atwood has taken on a new project–writing an online serial! Her latest work Positron, is only about three chapters underway, but she’s publishing it through a new website for writers called Byliner.
Citing works by early authors such as Charles Dickens who often wrote in serial format, Atwood thought the idea was refreshing and something she wanted to try. She likens serials (writing a book in small portions so that the audience and comment and push the story in the direction they like) to modern day TV sitcoms. “If somebody’s getting high ratings, you make their part bigger, and if they’re not you have them die of an unfortunate disease.” She plans on taking feedback from readers seriously in order to make the story what they’d like. This is completely different from writing a book and having it published as a whole. If readers don’t like it, it remains the same no matter what.
We have to wonder how far ahead Atwood has developed her story, whether she plans in general or is a “pantser” (one who writes without a lot of plotting). Positron has a unique idea—a world in which there aren’t enough jobs for everyone, so everybody becomes a part-time criminal, spending half their time as inmates, and half their time as prison guards. This isn’t the only thing Atwood is writing, and she’ll continue to publish in traditional format, but it certainly is something to watch and a way for writers to keep their craft fresh.
You can read more about the idea here.
Yesterday we had our Hunger Games Day at the library. This was the HOT event for the summer and we had a room full of kids who were ready to compete! Katniss was here and so was Effie, and we started the afternoon with The Reaping!
There were intense interviews…
…and then they broke into a little known Hunger Games competition…..Freeze Dance!
In the end, it turned out the odds will be ever in THEIR favour. Thanks for such a fun day, Emma, and a fantastic summer!
Excitement is in the air! It’s Magic Show Day! I’m Agent G., and I’m ready!! Bring on the special effects! Bring on the card tricks! Bring on the Orange Crush (it’s warm…I’m thirsty.)
Just perfect…..comfy seating…..no tall person sitting it front of me……the A/C is going full blast. Makes me happy to be a Gnomebrarian!
Uhhh….still waiting. (cricket chirps inserted here)
I always wanted to be a star! Look out Amazing Corbin…..here comes Agent G.!
If I was a little taller, I could see if anyone was walking over from the parking lot. Should have worn my tall boots today!
Hey look! That Amazing Corbin is wearing almost the same thing I am! Good thing I didn’t wear my black pants today!
A hush came over the audience. Do you think she KNEW what they were going to do to her? She looked so happy……..