Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017

Happy November and Happy National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! NaNoWriMo started in 1999 in San Francisco, CA and has since grown to a worldwide celebration of aspiring novelists, young and old. The goal of the adult program is to write 50,000 words (the length of an average novel) in the month of November. Participants update their word count daily on NaNoWriMo's website where they can connect with other writers and receive feedback, encouragement, and inspiration.

NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program (YWP) for authors under the age of 17. Participants can challenge themselves with a custom word count and receive access to a kid-friendly library of resources similar to the adult website. Throughout the month, writers can track their progress and receive badges for reaching various word count goals. Hit with a case of writer's block? The Dare Machine and Writing Sprints tools provide prompts and challenges to reboot your creativity.

What happens after November? The challenge doesn't stop just yet! December and January are traditionally thought of as editing and revision months to get your story in tip-top shape for publishing. Want to challenge yourself again? Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July gives writers another chance to continue their story or start a new one.

Think you're up for NaNoWriMo? Let us know in the comments! Then, come visit us at GMPL to stock up on your favorite novels for inspiration. We also have some nonfiction books to help you get started:

Happy writing!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday Three: Family Game Night

Family Game Night

My family and I had the opportunity to attend a day at GenCon – an entire convention dedicated to gaming.  Held annually in Indianapolis, GenCon started 50 years ago and has been growing since the beginning.  This 4-day convention sold out for the first time ever and is said to have hosted almost 208,000 attendees

So for this Thursday Three, I thought I would share three family friendly games we played at GenCon.

Sticky Chameleons by IELLO
Ages 6+, 2-5 players

Use a sticky chameleon tongue to capture bugs!  A roll of the dice will tell you which color and type of but to try to capture.  Get the right bug on your tongue, get it off the table as fast as you can or another player might steal it!  When you collect the correct bug, you collect a token.  The player with the most tokens at the end of the game wins!  Kids will love this game for the sticky tongues used to catch those insects.
Purchase directly through IELLO or Amazon.

Kingdomino by Blue Orange
Ages 8+, 2-4 players

Try to create your kingdom by matching dominoes with different terrains.  Your land can only be 5x5 and the order of play changes round to round.  There’s a little bit of math involved here – from sequencing numbers to adding points.  There’s also a bit of strategy needed to score the most points at the end of the game. 
Purchase directly through Blue Orange or Amazon.

Sparkle*Kitty by Breaking Games
Ages 6+, 3-8 players (Release date October 3, 2017)

This game isn’t even out yet but we can’t wait to own it!  We got a chance to play a demo at GenCon.  Choose a princess (of course I chose Princess Bookworm!) and build a tower.  Get out of the tower by saying nonsense “spells” created by matching cards by color or symbol.  The first princess to get out of the tower is the winner.  This was easy to learn, fun to play, and even my 11-year-old son enjoyed it! 

Only available for preorder right now through Breaking Games.

Do you have any favorite games to play as a family?  Comment and let us know!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday: Humor

What is the tallest building in the world?

A library because it has the most stories!

Today is National Tell a Joke Day so we are going to share some books that make us laugh.  Don't worry, there will be more jokes along the way.

Picture Books

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors 
by Drew Daywalt; illustrations by Adam Rex.

Ever wonder why we play this game?  Here's your chance to find out!  Rock, Paper & Scissors each want to battle but are having a hard time finding someone worthy of their skill.  It's only when they meet each other that the find what they have been searching for all along.

Click here to reserve a Library copy.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Greatby Bob Shea
How can Goat compete when Unicorn can make it rain cupcakes?  All Goat can do is make just OK marshmallow squares.  When Goat introduces pizza to Unicorn, Unicorn thinks it might not be that great to be a unicorn after all.

by Cirocco Dunlap; illustrations by Olivier Tallec
A mouse warns the reader that this book will not be fun.  Tell that to the flying whale, glow-in-dark worm, and dancing creatures.
Click here to reserve a Library copy.

Joke Break!

Librarian:  Knock, knock
Reader:  Who's there?
Librarian:  Winnie.
Reader:  Winnie who?
Librarian:  Winnie you going to return your overdue book, hm?

Beginner Readers

Fun with Ed and Fred
by Kevin Bolger; illustrations by Ben Hodson

Ed gets to do all the great stuff: go the beach, ride a horse and has a nice dog.  Fred on the other hand, not so much.  He wants to do all the great things Ed does but somehow ends up with the not-so-great things.Click here to reserve a Library copy.
A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks! by Jonathan FenskeFox wants to play a trick on Pig, using Fox's stinky socks!  Pig is not fooled and Fox gets stinkier and stinkier with each trick.Click here to reserve a Library copy.
The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Point
by David Milgrim
Pip points at what he wants and Otto is willing to share.  But giving a balloon to a mouse may haven't been a good idea as Pip gets carried away!  This story is perfect for very beginning readers.Click here to reserve a Library copy.                                                                                           Joke Break!
Why didn't the mummy want to leave the library?

He was too wrapped up in a good book!

Juvenile Fiction

How to be a Supervillain
by Michael Fry
When your entire family, going back generations, are supervillains, you are kind of expected to be one, too.  It turns out that Victor doesn't have an evil bone in his body.

A serious subject -- a parents' divorce -- gets a humorous take. Winnie's parents are so competitive that even their divorce has to be completely equal.  Winnie's time is split between the two but she is able to have Wednesdays to herself.  When this arrangement seems to be changing, Winnie and 9 friends vow to stay in the treehouse until their demands are met.

I, Funny: School of Laughs
by James Patterson (#5 in the I, Funny series)
Jamie's school is in need of funds.  Jamie has the brilliant idea to start a comedy class for fellow classmates.  Only problem is that being funny is a lot easier than teaching funny.