5 Ways the Library Supports Writers

Posted by: TracieP | Posted on: Mar 14 2015

All we ask in return is a small mention in your National Book Award acceptance speech.

1) No home office? No printer? No problem!

Polish your manuscript on one of our computers, or reserve a quiet study room and get cozy with your laptop. Connect to our wireless printing service to print your latest short story, poem, or query letter from your home PC or mobile device.

2) Check out some inspiration.

Read stories by emerging writers and explore the local literary scene in Printers Row Journal, a weekly publication available in our magazine section. Drop by the Reader Assistance Desk to pick up a free copy of BookPage for monthly round-ups of new releases, reviews, and author interviews. And while you’re here, browse our shelves and ever-changing displays—you never know what you might discover!

3) Get your creative juices flowing.

Banish writer’s block with a visit to our magnetic poetry display, available in the Main Library from March 2 through May 9, 2015.

4) Inform your career.

Visit the 808 section on the second floor to learn everything you need to know about being a writer, from genre exercises to marketing. Consult The Writer’s Market or The Poet’s Market for the scoop on contests, agents, and publishing opportunities.

5) Grow with us.

We offer annual contests and events that can help you take your writing to the next level. Submit an original poem to our yearly spring Poetry Contest for a chance to win a cash prize. Celebrate with us at our Open Mic on Saturday, May 9; whether you want to read or simply come to listen, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card just for attending. Not a poet? We’re planning a contest that welcomes short stories from writers of all ages; for details, see our Summer 2015 newsletter.