Party Banter Friday | October

Party Banter Friday: 

In Which A Librarian Provides You With An Interesting Fact to Make You More Popular During Weekend Socializing

Boo! Happy Party Banter Friday. The best thing about Halloween being on a weekend this year is that, if you’re socially awkward, you can hit up all those costume parties you were too uncomfortable to RSVP to because you can wear a costume!

“Is that you, Kevin?”

” No, it’s [insert incredibly empowering literary character that you dressed up as, probably Katniss]. And I’ve got some interesting things to say.”

You’re in luck because we’ve got at least one interesting thing for you to say! And here it is:

What do the wildy popular novels Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell have in common?


They were all written in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month, a yearly writing project where writers seasoned and new attempt to write a novel during the month of November. And guess what, it starts tomorrow!!


This is a great segue into making plans to see the person you’re talking to again because the library has NaNoWriMo events aplenty. Check the out here and then spend the rest of the evening brainstorming about your idea for the next great novel. We’ll say we knew you when.

Photo credit: Our featured image for PBF is a picture from our digital history collection. You can view the original image and browse our collection here.

TADL #toread: Emilee Syrewicze

Emilee Syrewicze  is the Executive Director at Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing and was on the 2014 Forty Under Forty list for Traverse City Business News.  So we had to know just what she’s reading.


Here’s what Emilee had to say about her #toread stack:

“Reading is my favorite thing to do. Period. I LOVE IT!

I love to mix-up my reading (though I typically read books in the order in which I buy them).  A classic novel here, non-fiction there, and a biography thrown in once and a while for good measure.  Right now, I am reading a fantastic book about micro finance efforts in developing nations called If I Had a Water Buffalo by Marilyn A. Fitzgerald, Phd. (a local author,  philanthropist and fellow Rotarian).  I plan on re-reading Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner because I am a fanatic about water policy and the evolution of the water crisis in the American West, additionally it is a great historical read (not many people expect that, but it is full of interesting historical facts/stories).  I decided to throw in a classic (Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier) and a book I have wanted to read for about 10 years but am just now getting around to (Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond).  Finally, I cannot wait to read And the Mountains Echoed by one of my favorite authors of all time Khaled Hosseini (author of Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns).  I am convinced that Hosseini’s books should be read by every person alive.”

Want to show us what you’re reading?: Post a picture of your #toread stack and use the hashtags #tadltoread and #fineprint.