November is National Novel Writing Month!

What’s This About Novel Writing?

National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, is an international event. Starting on November 1st, people from around the world challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Writers are incredibly diverse – old, young, students, professionals, and many ethnicities, nationalities, and languages are represented. Whether you’re an old hand at writing or have never even considered putting your own words to paper, National Novel Writing Month has something to offer everyone. And who knows? Someday, your story could end up on our shelves!

How Do I Sign Up?

You don’t have to sign up to participate! Just write! If you want to be official,, the organization’s web site, offers insights into writing, ways to track your word count, and certificates of completion for those of you who make it to the finish line! There is also a vibrant community of published and amateur authors who offer pep talks, online reference services, and emotional, grammatical, and social support.

I Want To Write! What Have You Got For Me?

A Library Guide

First, make sure to drop by the Reference Desk and pick up “A Wrimo’s Guide to the Marlborough Public Library.” We’ve got lots of information for you, from how to access the wifi to where you can eat your snacks.

Weekly Write-Ins

We are also very excited to announce that we will be hosting official weekly write-ins on Sundays, from 2PM-4PM. Bring your laptop and charger, a mug of tea or coffee, and all your plot problems. Chat with other writers and double down for a word war in our open meeting space on the ground floor, or shutter yourself away in a quiet corner in our Reading Room on the first floor if you are serious about your peace and quiet.

A Winner’s Wall

That’s right! After thirty days of literary agony and ecstasy, bring in a copy of your winner’s certificate and we’ll add it to our NaNoWriMo Winner’s Wall!


Need to know how many heads a chimera has? How long it takes to drain the human body of blood? The freezing point of elthyl alcohol? The etymology of the word “smorgasbord”? Our Reference Librarians have college degrees in answering strange questions. Pull up a chair and ask away!