National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) happens every November. The challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means you start writing in November and must finish your novel by midnight on November 30. The Young Writers Program (for people who are seventeen years old and younger) lets you set your own word-count goal that you want to reach by the end of the month. If you're a writer (or want to be one), this is a great way to kick start your creative process!
It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year - pumpkin patches, crunchy leaves, cooler weather, and of course spooooooky books! But what to read? Something that will leave you sleeping with the lights on? Something a little less terrifying and more atmospheric? Something funny and scary? Whether you’re looking to have your blood chilled, or just want something a little spooky to get you into the Halloween spirit, we’ve got you covered.
You may have noticed a little something different about Evolver today... it has a new look!
Over the past year, we've been working on streamlining the content on the teen site. We wanted to get rid of pages that weren't being used in order to get our users (you!) to the most important resources. Now that outdated content is out of the way and existing content is being updated and refined, we are ready to modernize the look and feel of Evolver.
It’s almost August?! How did that happen? Summer’s almost over, and whether you need something for a summer reading assignment or just don’t want to get bogged down in a 500-page novel, here are some quick reads that you can fit in before the end of summer break:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and what better way to combat boredom than with a book? But what do you do when you simply can’t find that next perfect read? Maybe you’ve just finished something amazing and are suffering from serious TEABS (The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome). You know the feeling -- you’re not quite ready to move on from the people and places your last book took you to. Or maybe you’re in the dreaded book slump, when you just can’t find anything that really sucks you in.
Dreading the long, hot days of summer ahead? Of course not! But just in case you find yourself in the throes of boredom, try out these fun, free or almost free activities:
Visit a museum. Did you know you can get free passes through Denver Public Library?
Sleep under the stars
Have a water fight
Pretend you’re a tourist and visit one of Denver’s attractions
Have a picnic
Look around! Nature is full of patterns and shapes like the spiral symmetry of a pinecone. True, there are shapes that also appear fragmented or irregular but often there are smaller, self-similar shapes to the larger shape - for example, a tree branch has a similar shape to the larger tree. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot defined these "family of shapes" as "fractals" or the "geometry of nature."
You’ve already got that required reading list knocked out, right? Who wouldn’t want to start right into Tortilla Flats or Lord of Flies, keeping in mind the dreaded inevitable essays to follow? Give yourself a break and dig into something fun, relatable, quirky, or thrilling, just something wonderful to escape into for a little while or a whole afternoon!