National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

November 1-30


Have you always wanted to write a book, but can’t seem to get started?  Here’s a way to kick start the process — fire up your computer and try this “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, you can begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Track your progress, network with others, and get some inspiration on the site.

Get Going! The World Needs Your Novel

The 10 Most Haunted Libaries in America

BSC theater students and members of the BSC Drama Club will guide `those who dare’ through a Haunted Theatre experience, October 31 and November 1.

If haunted places are your thing, put visiting the 10 Most Haunted Libraries in America on your bucket list. One, the Parmly Billings Library in Billings, Montana, is not far from here.


Parmly Billings Library

In Haunted Montana, librarian Karen Stevens tells about “… the dark-haired woman in the basement; strange whistling and a male ghost wearing jeans and work boots on the second floor; a white shape that moves outside the windows on the fifth floor; and odd movements in the book stacks of the Montana Room. Construction crews in the fall of 2005 reported numerous paranormal incidents.”

Even closer to home is the Harvey Public Library in Harvey, North Dakota, where there have been reports of strange goings on for many years. “Harvey Public Library, witnesses say, is home to mysterious flickering lights, missing objects, and strange computer glitches. The ghost, they say, is Sophie. Sophia Eberlein-Bentz lived on the site of the library [where it was built] when she was killed by her husband Jacob Bentz with a hammer on Oct. 2, 1931. And coincidentally, the library opened on the anniversary of Sophie’s funeral.”  [Source: Haunted]

eBook of the Week: The Book Club Cookbook

Book ClubThe Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food From Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Lehman and Vicki Levy Krupp


How about reading Peace Like a River by North Dakota author Leif Enger and whipping up a batch of Mrs. Enger’s Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Frosting?  Or, enjoying The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (soon coming out as a movie!) with Fig Spread and Goat Cheese Toasts?  Perhaps Stones by the River by Ursula Hegi and Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake) would be more to your liking?

More than a cookbook, The Book Club Cookbook is a book about books filled with ideas for your “must read” list.  The books range from contemporary novels to classics, memoirs, and nonfiction. The recipes are inspired by the books.  A particular dish might play a pivotal role in the book or convey something about a particular place or time or way of life.

Whatever your taste in literature or food might be, this book will appeal.

Check it out!  eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

The Completion Arch: Measuring Community College Student Success

RTI International has a newly revamped web-based tool that provides a data-driven look at the experiences of the nation’s community college students.


The Completion Arch … provides quick and easy access to national-, state- and initiative-level data that describe the progress and success of community college students.”

The BSC Library is cataloging this site, so if you lose or forget the link, you can still find it via the library catalog.  We added it to our collection of Delicious bookmarks, too.


Is it Fair Use? Code of Best Practices from ARL

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) presents the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (PDF), a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Intersection Journal

Intersection Journal: Illuminating the Spirit of Western North Dakota

“Intersection Journal is an online magazine dedicated to capturing the culture, industry and way of life in Western North Dakota through photography and writing.  Optimized for the mobile generation, we celebrate living, working in and exploring the Peace Garden State.

Intersection Journal’s focus is visual content.  We love long-form photojournalism and develop our stories over days, weeks or months instead of hours.  We cultivate depth rather than immediacy.”

The BSC Library has cataloged this journal, so if you lose or forget the link, you can still find it via the library catalog.  We added it to our collection of Delicious bookmarks, too.  You can also subscribe (free!) to have this journal delivered directly to your inbox.

Take a look … this is a very cool online magazine.