UT Alum to Sign Copies of New Book

Steve Christie will talk about his new book Not Really “Of” Us: Why Do Children of Christian Parents Abandon the Faith? on Tuesday, December 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. A book signing will follow his talk.

Christie is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Business Administration from UT.

In the book, Christie discusses why children raised as Christians often leave their faith when they are in their twenties. He explains how parents can help children who are questioning their faith, and how they might help children who have already left their religion re-connect to it.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the book, see www.notreallyofus.com

NaNoWriMo 2014 Wrapping Up

Aspiring novelists will wrap up their month of intensive writing by celebrating with their fellow Wrimos on Monday, December 1 in Carlson Library.  “Winners” will be those who actually reach the 50,000-word goal by midnight tonight (November 30).  But everyone who signed up this year is welcome to help us join in the celebration!

Here’s how a few participants spent the last Write-In session just before Thanksgiving.

Among other things, Dr. Glenn Sheldon (Honors College) emphasizes the importance of character-building in the novel-writing process.

Former provost to provide insight into noveling this week at Carlson!

Former UT provost, William McMillen will be our special guest at this week’s NaNoWriMo Write-In session, Tuesday, November 18.

William McMillen has published both fiction and non-fiction. In addition, he has self-published a series of Christmas books for the past five years that have been privately distributed to friends and family. He has been told that all of his writing is brilliant (but he’s heard that mostly from friends and family). Nevertheless, he promises that if you listen to him closely, you will have your novel published within weeks, a month, or maybe two or three years. He will share with you secrets about writing and publishing your novel that you’ll never hear anywhere else! But you’ll be sworn to secrecy, so you’ll have to show up or you’ll be literally left out in the cold. And, to end an invigorating half-hour talk he will answer the following question that you’ve all wondered about: Why is the beginning of a novel usually better than the end of a novel?

If you can, please stop by and see our special guest, Bill McMillen — whether or not you are a registered “Wrimo” this year!

UPDATE (11/21/14):

Former UT Provost Bill McMillen engaged a small group of interested “wrimos” earlier this week with his tips on writing and publishing. Participants enjoyed learning what was behind his novel, Sticks.

P.S. We had a great time with guest Susan Parks last week.  Please see my special update on that post.

UT Novelist to Share her Publishing Experience with “Wrimos”

“Wrimos” (AKA budding novelists, as known in the NaNoWriMo world) will get the chance to meet with novelist and UT faculty member Susan Parks this Wednesday evening, November 12, at Carlson Library’s third NaNoWriMo “Come Write-in” session.  Ms. Parks will briefly share her experience writing and self-publishing, and will welcome questions from aspiring novelists in attendance just before they get down to their own writing.

Susan Parks is a lecturer in literacy education at The University of Toledo. Throughout her childhood, she heard stories of her great grandparents in the Armenian Genocide and was inspired to write the book, “His Choice.” Captivated by her heritage, she studied the history of Armenia and the genocide in preparation for writing this historical novel.

Set in 1915 during World War I, the story chronicles the events of four orphaned sisters and their perseverance, determination, and struggle to survive. Through numerous twists and turns, this heart-wrenching story has an unexpected ending.

UT Lecturer shares her novel, His Choice, with Nanowrimo participants last week.  Her historical novel is based on the harrowing, true experience of her family during the Armenian genocide, 100 years ago.

UT Lecturer Susan Parks shares her novel — along with some artifacts — with Nanowrimo participants last week. Her historical novel is based on the harrowing, true experience of her family during the Armenian genocide, 100 years ago.

Even if you are not a participant in National Novel Writing Month this year, you may be interested to know that Ms. Parks will have a book-signing later this month at Barnes & Noble.  [UPDATE (11/17/14):  book signing to take place at UT Barnes & Noble on corner of Dorr and Secor from 4-6 PM this Thursday, November 20.  We hope to see you there!  Read more.]

The Library will bring in two additional “special guests” to round out the remaining weeks of NaNoWriMo.  If you have a chance, please feel free to stop by and say hello to all of our special guests — even if you are not signed up as a Wrimo this year.

National Novel Writing Month: Get Support at the Library!

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing a novel? Well, this November would be a perfect time to make that dream a reality. November is National Novel Writing Month, fondly referred to as NaNoWriMo.  Carlson Library will once again be hosting write-ins to help you accomplish your goal. Each week we will provide a gathering place, tips, snacks, and support for a “novel-writing on steroids” experience!

Imagine writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! It is entirely possible and we will tell you how at our first informational meeting in Carlson Library room 2010, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Kickoff will be Saturday November 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Carlson Library room 2010, and weekly “Write-Ins” will be held each Tuesday throughout November from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to nano@utoledo.edu.

NaNoWriMo events are open to all. Students, staff, faculty, friends and family are all invited to participate. Everyone has a story inside!

For complete details, visit our NaNoWriMo LibGuide at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nanowrimo.

Come Join us for National Library Week!

The UT Libraries will be celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19!

The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” We will be featuring new READ posters of well-known UT alumni whose lives have been impacted by books, reading and libraries.

Fun events are also planned for both Carlson and Mulford libraries including used book sales; a lecture on bibliotherapy; creative readings by UT students; and game night:


Visit http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nlw to learn more!

Guest artist Blocksma to lecture on found and repurposed materials

Please join us Wednesday, January 15 at noon when the Canaday Center in Carlson Library will host an interesting art lecture with the UT Art Department’s visiting artist Dewey Blocksma, a former emergency room physician and local outsider artist who has become renowned for his creative and imaginative work with found objects and repurposed materials.  Learn more about the artist.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Dewey Blocksma Event Poster


November is National Novel Writing Month!

The University Libraries with support from the Department of English and the UT Writer’s Guild will be participating in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo.  In November writers are challenged to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  The Carlson Library will be providing space, snacks, and the opportunity to connect with others for moral support.  An informational meeting will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5-7pm in Carlson Library room 2010 with weekly write-ins throughout November.  More information can be found at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nanowrimo.  Is there a novel inside you?

NaNoWriMo Chalkboard Illustration

Films Focusing on Islamic Culture Screening at Public Library

Two upcoming film screenings at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will focus on Muslim topics, with discussions led by UT-affiliated scholars.  You’re invited to join us at one of the last events in our year-long Muslim Journeys series on two Mondays in October.  These two films are also part of the public library’s Film FOCUS series, running every Monday until October 21st.

Koran by Heart movie posterThe Light in Her Eyes movie poster

Koran by Heart  (Monday, October 7) and The Light in Her Eyes (Monday, October 21) will be shown at 6:15 p.m. in the McMaster Center at the Main Public Library in downtown Toledo, 325 Michigan St.   The film and parking is free!

These two documentaries illuminate unique aspects of Muslim culture.  Koran by Heart features three children competing in the test of memory and recitation known as the International Holy Koran Competition.  The Light in Her Eyes focuses on a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria. Each film will be followed by an audience discussion led by a prominent scholar: Dr. Ovamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Chair of Islamic Studies at UT and Sarah Anjum, J.D., B.S. Near East Studies, University of Chicago.

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