Chicagoland Public Library Supports “NaNoWriMo”

In a recent article, Northbrook library takes on novel-writing, The Chicago Tribune reports on one Chicagoland public library that is offering support and services for participants in National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month, also known as “NaNoWriMo,” is a nationwide nonprofit effort that challenges people to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

In 2012 Kate Hall, executive director of the Northbrook Public Library in Northbrook, IL, decided to participate in her first NaNoWriMo at the last-minute, creating a sci-fi retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”.

“I had a friend who was doing it, and I thought it would be so much fun if we did it together, but then I got totally into it,” said Hall, who will be participating in her third NaNoWriMo challenge next month.

This year, Hall has decided to take her participation in this event a giant step further by launching a community-wide NaNoWriMo event, sponsored by the Northbrook Public Library. Every Sunday, the library will host write-in sessions to help keep experienced and novice writers on track.

“I’m writing the program, and we’re having weekly write-ins. … And we have over 350,000 volumes that you can access and professional librarians that can quickly help you find information so that you can get what you need and immediately go back to writing your novel.”

Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been professionally published and, with the efforts of people like Hall, there may be many more to come. Whether someone is a veteran writer, aspiring novelist, or just looking to improve their writing skills, NaNoWriMo offers many tools to help writers achieve their goals. More information on National Novel Writing Month and how to participate can be found at If you’re in the Northbrook area, please visit for information on the Northbrook Public Library’s weekly “write-ins”.


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