My library is heading up a really cool project that I thought I’d tell you guys about.
In short, we thought we’d write a novel.
A community-driven novel, that is. Here’s a blurb about the project: “A community novel is one that is written collaboratively by members of your community. The library invites writers to each contribute a chapter to advance the group’s story. The story is set in Topeka and will use landmarks and a setting that all will recognize. Writing and publication began in April and continues through August with a chapter added each week (just like any other serial novel you’ve experienced). Each chapter will appear here so you may read them in order, with a new chapter published each week.”
Here’s a link to the main page for the project, and here’s chapter one. Please read it!
When we’re done writing the novel, we plan to throw an author book signing party! We also plan to publish the book in both ebook and print formats, and sell it online. And we’ll put the book in our collection, so people can check it out.
We have two goals:
- We want to showcase content creation in our local community, and this type of focused writing project provides us with a fun way to start doing that.
- We also want to get our feet wet in content creation. Libraries traditionally house books, help customers find books, and create programs around books and authors, etc. Why can’t a library and a community … create a novel?
Anyway – check it out – chapter two comes out this week!
book pic by Remi Mathis
Have you heard about LibraryLab? The first LibraryLab post is up at Boing Boing.
What’s LibraryLab? From Boing Boing – “This is the first post from the fine folks of the American Library Association, which recently launched a member interest group called Library Boing Boing. They will be posting now and again as LibraryLab.”
The goal with LibraryLab is simple:
“[LibraryLab is] a collaboration between ALA and the fabulously amazing Boing Boing folks to highlight all of the great new things libraries are doing. The most visible result will be regular posts about those great new things on the Boing Boing site itself.
On the other hand, Library Boing Boing: The Group has its own goals to help happy mutants in local communities connect with their happy mutant librarians to do good, work together on our shared interests, and make the world more better.” (from the ALA Marginalia blog).
Make sure to read more about the interesting ALA interest group here and make sure to subscribe to LibraryLab and Boing Boing too!