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December 10, 2018

11/23/2018 10:55:00 AM
Palestine library to offer writing, publishing classes
A $6,500 grant will again let Palestine Public Library offer workshops for :"lifelong learning."

The library has received the Leo Herning Foundation Grant again this year. The grant, submitted by Director Laurel Adams, is named "Stay Connected Technology Workshops." The funds provide the community with workshops that will teach citizens how to use technology and encourage the use of higher education at any age.

"Lincoln Trail College is excited to collaborate with Palestine Public Library to provide this opportunity for our region's lifelong learners," said Brent Todd, Lincoln Trail College's dean of instruction ."Technology changes quickly. Our goal is to keep Crawford County connected to the digital world while stimulating creativity."

Programming begins this month with a Writing Workshop instructed by Aaron White, creative writing instructor for LTC. The highlight of the workshops will be a Skype visit with William Kent Krueger, author of the New York Times bestselling series featuring Cork O'Connor. Krueger holds the top 10 most-read titles at the Palestine Public Library for 2018.

"I'll talk about my own journey as a writer, about the influences that helped shape my work--particularly my writer's group, and spend a good amount of time answering questions," Krueger said.

The workshops will help patrons with their creative writing. White holds an MA in Literary Studies from Eastern Illinois University and contributes to Bluestem Magazine as an assistant nonfiction editor. His work has appeared in Mothers Always Write, Parent Co, 13th Dimension, Prong & Posy, The Pedestal Magazine, and other publications.

White is a Ph.D. student (Indiana State University, 2017 to present); MA in Literary Studies with Creative Writing emphasis and BA in English with Creative Writing minor (Eastern Illinois University); AS in General Studies (Lincoln Trail College).

Patrons taking the class will receive LTC credits. Dates of the Creative Writing Workshops are Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The writing workshop will lead into Kindle Direct Publishing workshops in January.

Adams has instructed several patrons through the fairly simple process of publishing their works. These patrons will be showing their books and helping with the instruction. For these workshops, patrons will be able to publish a group collection of works to be made available to the public.

Anyone wishing to publish something, from cookbooks to family history, novels to non-fiction, are urged to attend. The fee to publish is free, royalties are deducted for Amazon and the library when using the libraries account. Dates for the Kindle Direct Publishing are Dec. 10 and 17 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Computer classes will start in December with Chuck Bennett teaching Basics in Computing. Patrons will be able to receive LTC credit for the class. This workshop is meant for patrons who do not feel comfortable around a computer. Dates of the Basics in Computing are Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Next year workshops will be Intro. To Online Learning, EBay, Kindle Fire and EBooks, Facebook, Photos and Printers.

If you would like more information about these topics, please contact Laurel Adams at 618-586-5317 or email at, or visit the library website at

Krueger's Media Kit site is:

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