Alachua County Library District will participate in November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This annual November event challenges participants to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel and includes the Young Writers Program (YWP) which helps young writers — participating both in classrooms and independently — set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.
Alachua County Library District presents its Local Author Series featuring Susie H. Baxter on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m., at Headquarters Library. Baxter will discuss Pumping Sunshine, her childhood memoir that provides a portrait of rural life in old Florida when kids ran barefoot, saved their pennies to buy bubblegum and could hardly wait for warm cracklings on hog-killing day. Stories are told through the eyes of an 11 year-old who struggles to understand her own difficult issues in a perplexing world.
The Alachua County Library District awarded its 2017 Carol Combs Hole Award to Alicia Antone, Library Manager High Springs Branch. Each year this award honors the memory of Carol Combs Hole by recognizing an employee or group for outstanding accomplishments that exemplify “thinking outside the book” to broaden, enhance, improve or promote library services and community outreach.
Alachua County Library District will be closed all day on Friday, Nov. 10, and on Saturday, Nov.11, for the Veterans Day Holiday. All book drops and online services including eBook checkouts at www.aclib.us will be available. Regular schedules resume starting Sunday, November 12.
For more information, visit www.aclib.us or call (352) 334-3900.
The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library: Changes in the Law and Parenting Arrangements on Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E University Avenue. Jenny Seltzer, Attorney-at-Law with Three Rivers Legal Services, will discuss the changes in the law and how the changes affect parenting arrangements such as time sharing and child support.
Alachua County Library District presents its Local Author Series featuring Gene Cowell on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Cowell will talk about his devotion to crime fiction and how it inspired his new novel Bring Me the Gypsy, set in motion on the Florida Gulf Coast and inspired by true events. His writing has appeared in several literary publications including Best American Short Stories.
The Alachua County Library District Teen Art Show for artists ages 12 to 15 is Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m., at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. The public is invited to view the Teen Art Show and vote for the Crowd Favorite award. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places with four honorable mentions in Best in Show, Best Logo, Best Photography, Best Digital Image, Best Sculpture or 3D Artwork and Crowd Favorite.
The Friends of the Library will hold its fall book sale from Saturday, October 21, to Wednesday, October 25, at its Book House, 430-B N. Main Street. This is one of the largest community book sales in the country with thousands of bargains on items in more than 64 categories including books, comics, artwork, posters, DVDs, vinyl records and more. Hardback books, paperback and large print books are available for purchase with most items priced from 25 cents to $4.
Alachua County Library District welcomes New York Times investigative reporter and author Mike McIntire on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m., to Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. McIntire will talk about his book, Champions Way: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports.