Emerging Writers Workshop: Maximizing Your Publishing Possibilities

Thursday July 9, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Modern writers have more places than ever to sell their work. What is the best way to get your book into readers’ hands? Join authors Alex Kourvo and Lara Zielin as they discuss traditional publishing, indie publishing, small presses, and online venues for matching your novel or non-fiction book with the right reader. This workshop is part of an an on-going series of Emerging Writers Workshops. They happen the first Thursday of the month at the Traverwood Branch.

Knitting Adventures in Mochimochi Land with Anna Hrachovec!

Saturday July 11, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Mochimochi Land creator, and fiber artist Anna Hrachovec is back with another knittastic afternoon of yarn fun! This event is for intermediate knitters. If you have a set of size 1 double-pointed needles of your own, please bring them. Otherwise supplies will be provided.

Anna's latest book Adventures in Mochimochi Land: Tall Tales From a Tiny Knitted World will be released in June and she'll be here to talk about it and demonstrate some of the new patterns from the book. Knitters at an intermediate level and above are invited to learn some new tricks! Books will be for sale.

Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Dr Seuss and renowned designer/illustrator Mary Blair. Anna’s knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, on Nickelodeon, all around the web, and in print. Anna's newest book will be on sale, along with her other titles, and she'll be signing after the event. In the meantime if you want to dive in to her world be sure to check out the books and the free downloadable patterns that we have in our catalog for L-Card holders.

The History of the Minifigure With Jonathan Bender, author of “LEGO: A Love Story”

Wednesday July 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and youth grades 4 and up.
This event will be recorded

Jonathan Bender, author of LEGO: A Love Story will present the history of the LEGO Minifigure, from the first ones in Denmark to all the varieties available today. You can bring your own minifigures for an opportunity to trade them with other attendees!

This event will also include a hands-on building component, creating minifigure worlds.

A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure

Saturday July 18, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, A 1000-Mile Walk On the Beach.

In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure, A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, explores the entire Great Lakes system.

Finally, in 2014, she launched off of the shoreline to visit many of the islands of the Great Lakes. In 2015 her book A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure was released.

In this presentation, she will take you to islands in each of the five Great Lakes and their connecting waters. In words, photos, and video, you’ll explore the geology of the largest system of fresh water lakes in the world and why there are tens of thousands of islands in the Great Lakes basin. She’ll reveal how these islands are diverse in both geological underpinnings and in the life forms existing on the islands.

She will also take you along with her to explore some of the scientific research on the islands that she assisted with during her island odyssey. From the wolf-moose study on Isle Royale to the conservation of the endangered piping plover on the Manitou Islands, Niewenhuis will open her audience’s eyes and minds to the complexity of life on our Great Lakes islands.

Niewenhuis speaks with the authority of an expert as she has a M.S. degree in the biological sciences. She raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting the fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday July 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Alex Kourvo will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources.

These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations of fiction and non-fiction writing.

Emerging Writers Workshop: The Art and Science of Being a Writer

Thursday August 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

What do the best writers know and do? How can authors block self doubt, silence naysayers, and tap into the resources they need to finish their books? Join authors Alex Kourvo and Lara Zielin as they take a practical approach to a writer’s everyday difficulties, from figuring out what you’re even writing to overcoming writer’s block to dealing with rejection and more. The workshop is part of the monthly Emerging Writers workshop series that happen on the first Thursday of the month at the Traverwood Branch.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday August 20, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Alex Kourvo will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources.

These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations of fiction and non-fiction writing.