Better Living Through Stitching Together

World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday, June 13, 2020. This largest knitter-run event in the world started in 2005 and is now celebrated in at least 57 countries. Volunteers all over the world host events to bring knitters together to socialize, learn new skills, and share the joy of knit and crochet with the general public.

Our library celebration couldn’t take place this year, so I thought it would be fun to look back at past events.

Yarn bombing is a type of knit and crochet graffiti or street art and we’ve had some exceptional examples at the library.

All ages are welcome to participate in the activities. There is a lot of talking and laughter while working on a current project for all to see.

Knitting competitions can be fierce with trophies for the winners!

Library staff enjoy knitting displays for the Children’s Department and Circulation Office.

I’m looking forward to World Wide Knit in Public Day 2021 when we can all get together again. In the meantime, check out these ebooks and magazines on OverDrive/Libby for inspiration and to improve your skills.

Hope to see you next year!

Every Day is Black Friday at the Library

Black Friday is every day in the lobby of the Main Library where we have a book sale where most items cost either 25 cents (hardback books) or 10 cents (magazines, paperbacks). But, wait, there’s more: We even have CDs for $1 and sometimes recorded books on CD for $2.00.

Items in the book sale are primarily from the library’s collection and were discarded for a variety of reasons, but many are donated and in pristine condition. Several patrons come in often to peruse what’s on the sale shelves because they know things are added daily. Boxes are available for those who get carried away because the prices are so cheap.

Here I do have to tell you that the library isn’t actually open on the traditional black Friday, November 23rd, as it’s a city holiday. But we’ll be open the next day.

Besides the bargain book sale, library card holders get the gift of over 60 free digital magazine subscriptions which can be accessed at any time. Technically the library is the subscriber, but  with your library card you can download the current issue (and back issues) of titles like Wired, Runner’s World, Vogue, Bicycling, Bon Appetit, Outside, The New Yorker, Sail, Fine Cooking, Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Dwell, Brides, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Digital Photo Pro, Backpacker, Saveur, Rolling Stone, PC World, People, and National Geographic.

And, there’s over 30 more magazine titles available. Scroll through the covers of all the current issues available for download through Flipster.  If you need some assistance with downloading magazines to your tablet, phone or other device, you can book a 30 or 60 minute appointment with a librarian. We’re always here to help!

Writing for Dollars

Grab a pencil

Bylines

So you really want to write

Geez, it’s not easy to write a good blog post heading.  It must be even more difficult to come up with one for a magazine article, let alone the whole article.

Luckily, help is on the way. If you really want to add Freelance magazine writer to your resume, you’ll want to be here this Saturday (September 15th)  at the Main Library at 2PM for just such a program. William Cook, who has written for a variety of well-known magazines, will let you in on a few secrets of magazine article writing.  He also promises to show how to avoid being branded a hack writer.

Who knows, maybe he could even help me with crafting some decent headings.

But wait, there’s more.  Before, or after (but please not during) Mr. Cook’s program, head to the 800’s (808.02 to be more precise). That’s where you’ll find books like Magazine Writing: A Step-By-Step Guide for Success, and  Writing for Magazines: How to Get Your Work Published in Local Newspapers and Magazines, and Teach Yourself Writing for Magazines.

Then, when you’ve had your first magazine article published, tell us. We’d like to be in on the beginning of your writing career.

Joan