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National Novel Writing Month

In case you didn’t know, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is during this time when people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel.

Some of your favorite YA authors have participated in NaNoWriMo and have written the first draft of what would become some of your favorite books.

 

How do I participate in NanoWriMo?

If you are a writer, or just like a challenge, you should try to write your own NaNoWriMo novel. You can do it by yourself or you can become a part of the NaNoWriMo community. All you have to do is sign-up for free using an email address at nanowrimo.org.

 
Not only can you track your word counts and get support from other NaNoWriMo participants, but you can also find great resources to help you through this challenge.

 

The Library is rooting for you

We are excited to help you with this amazing feat. Every Wednesday of November from 4pm to 5pm we will be opening the computer lab for anyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo.

 
Also, don’t forget that the library is full of awesome resources  to help get you started or get you through the rough patches.

Good luck!

Teen Hour of Code

Today HCPL had its own Hour of Code. We got on Code.org and played games that taught us how to code video games, web pages, and apps. If you are interested in learning to code, below are some free resources that will help you get started!

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Lynda

This is free through the library. If you go to HCPL’s website and click the link, you can log in for free using your library card. Then you can find awesome tutorials on how to code (amongst other things).

 

Code.org

This is the site that we used during our Hour of Code program. This is for many grade levels and teaches coding through games with popular themes, like Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft. No downloads needed.

 

Alice

This is a free download that provides space for you to create your game using blocking code. The site has resources that will help you learn to use this space and, thus, learn coding.

 

Code Academy

This code academy gives you options of different coding languages to learn. Then it takes you through guided, interactive lessons.

 

Free Code Camp

While this one requires a lot of set up before you get to the meat of the program (two different free accounts, lots of introductory material, ect.), the actual program is great. It takes you step by step from the beginning and has you coding right away. Also, the projects you do are used to help charities!

 

Scratch

This is a great, free site that allows you to practice basic coding. Plus, no download needed!

 

Code School: Try Python

This teaches you Python through short videos and challenges. You do have to set up a free account though.

 

Bonus: Erase all Kittens is a story line game that teaches you to code as you go on a quest to find the missing kittens. It is quirky and funny. HOWEVER, only the short demo is free. The full game must be purchased.

 

Books at the Library

Young Adult

Coding for Beginners

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Invent your Own Computer Games with Python

Python Hunting: A Beginner’s Guide to Python Programming and Game Building

Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens

Juvenile

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons

Coding Projects in Scratch

Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games

Adult

Coding All-in-One

Programming for the Absolute Beginner

Coding for Dummies

Beginning Programming with Python for Dummies

Beginning Programming for Dummies

7 Must Have Apps

Hancock County Public Library provides you with more than just physical books, DVDs, and video games, we also have multiple online resources and apps that let you have access to digital materials and more. The best part is that it is all FREE with your library card.

You can access the following apps and others on HCPL’s Online Resources page.

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 Hancock County Public Library App –  Search our catalog, keep up with your account, view downloads, and register for events right from your phone or tablet.

 

 

 

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Overdrive – Check out and enjoy our collection of ebooks and audiobooks right from your device. It also remembers your library card number so you don’t have to enter it in every time!

 

 

 

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Hoopla – Never be bored again with this app, which as music, movies, tv shows, audiobooks, and comics.

 

 

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Zinio – Access some of your favorite magazines without a personal subscription. Some magazines you can view are Elle, Discover, ESPN.  Knits, MacWorld,  National Geographic, Popular Science, and MotorTrend.

 

 

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Freegal – Legally download music by some of your favorite artists like Adele, The Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, and Pharrell Williams.

 

 

 

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Brainfuse Mobile – Get help with homework on the go. Submit questions to tutors, track assignments, and access your flashcards from anywhere.

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Mango – Access over 60 foreign-language courses to help you learn a new language.

Warm Up With a Good Comic Book

As many of you may know, the Teen Room is home to many of your favorite superhero comics. However, did you know that you can access some of these comic books (and some that we don’t physically have) through Hoopla?

Well, you can! Here is just a small sample of what you can find on Hoopla:

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Now I know what you’re probably thinking: “That’s great, Librarian Lady, but how do I even get to this thing?”

Very, very simply my friend. You can find it on the main page of the library website. You just click the link!

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The best part about Hoopla is it’s FREE through HCPL.

So, there is literally nothing between you and your favorite world saving hero. What are you waiting for?