Monthly Archives: October 2014

National Novel Writing Month is November!

November 1st is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and it’s the start of a month that focuses on writing an entire novel in 30 days. That’s write, er, right, the whole month of November is all about creating your opus from November 1st until midnight November 30th.

Adults have a word count goal of 50,000 words for the month, but the Young Writers Program allows 17 year olds and younger participants to set reasonable, challenging, individual word count goals.


The IRC is collaborating with the English Dept., which has set up this IMSA specific NaNoWriMo website to encourage participants. Here’s the link:

According to Tracy Townsend in the English Dept., there are 64 IMSA students and 3 faculty members signed up to do NaNoWriMo. It’s not too late to join in – visit our research guide for library and internet sources, and start writing! Here’s the link: Click on the “Books and Websites” tab to see the resources available in the IRC, which can be checked out.



Celebrating National Diversity Awareness Month in the IRC

001October is National Diversity Awareness Month, and we are celebrating people of all cultures, races, religions, abilities, ages, genders, sexual orientations and socio-economic status in the IRC.

002Stop by and check out a book, DVD or CD to learn more about the people who populate this planet. This an opportunity to learn about someone from a different country, a different race or a different gender.

003 Be adventurous and listen to a different type of music, explore a different lifestyle through reading or by watching a DVD.

Everything on display in the IRC can be checked out. There is also a new Diversity and Multiculturalism resource guide available through the IRC homepage.

Walk in someone else’s shoes today!

Family Reading Night will be held on November 13th


(click on photo to see slide show from last year’s Family Reading Night)

Save the Date!!

The 9th Annual IMSA Community Family Reading Night will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This year’s theme is “Reading is out of this World!!!.”

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to attend. For program or registration information email or call 630 907 5075.

Please join us for an evening of reading, science, crafts and just plain fun!

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated in the IRC

026National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th until October 15th. During this month we recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate their heritage and culture.

024National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 and starts on September 15th because that is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence during this month.

025You can share in this annual monthly tribute by learning about and celebrating the Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched this country. Stop by and check out something today!