A clean, well-lighted place: co-working at the library

"focus" by dkalo is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

“focus” by dkalo is licensed under CC BY- SA 2.0

I’ve freelanced as a writer, editor, and even mystery shopper, and finding my focus was often the most difficult part of any assignment. My messy home office held too many distractions, and my local coffee shop could be noisy and crowded. At the library, though, I got more done in less time alongside others like me looking for a clean and quiet place to work. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was co-working when, well, co-working wasn’t cool. Who knew?

Today, co-working spaces are a trending option for anyone working outside the cubicle. With resources like WiFi, printers, fax machines, and copiers, co-working spaces are a productive refuge for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and telecommuters. What’s more, co-working spaces attract like-minded individuals to network and share ideas. Although fee-based co-working spaces can be found in Hampton Roads, the Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) serves as a similar resource at no or minimal cost to library customers. Continue reading “A clean, well-lighted place: co-working at the library”

Attention Local Authors


Calling all local authors who want to meet up with readers and future writers! The Chesapeake Public Library will be holding its annual local author event, Read Local, on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have local authors on hand to discuss their work and writing process, sell and autograph their books, and speak with any budding author who needs that spark of confidence. Here is the link to the registration: http://bit.ly/readlocal2016

We hope to see you there.

The Summer of Nostalgia


How do you feel about the smell of dirt? How about freshly cut grass? Maybe the smell of salt air near the ocean? The point being, nostalgia is a powerful thing and smell is just one catalyst for triggering long dormant memories of the distant past. This summer, Stranger Things (2016) on Netflix helped bring back a flood of nostalgic memories. All of this occurred at time when I needed it the most.

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Wigs, Space Travel, and Secrets at the Central Library


by Kevin C.

Tidewater Reads brings people together through the reading and discussion of a common book. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer is the 2016 selection. 9 systems have joined this initiative and are providing mini-events highlighting the themes of this quirky novel infused with space travel, romance, and secrets. Although the novel has received mixed reviews, I really enjoyed reading about the characters and how they deal with the different aspects of their lives. Flashbacks help to reveal the secrets. One character, Sunny, loses something and one of her secrets is revealed to her friends. As the story progresses, one secret after another is revealed.

This revealing of secrets led to creating the Wig Out! contest where individuals could design a wig that reveals the true self of the creator. Six entries were received. Voting is currently going on at the Central Library throughout the month of September.

On September 9, the author will be at the Central Library. Following the author talk and question & answer period, we will have an open mic for attendees to participate. If you have a poem or song to share, sign up to share at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Speaker will share at 7:00 pm. Ms. Netzer may bring her guitar and share some songs related to the story. Themes of the book include robots, space travel, relationships, disability, diversity and death.

Starting September 8, every Thursday a movie recommended by one of the four main characters will be shown from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. After the movie, take a trip to stars at the planetarium. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Reservations are required to attend the show. Call 757.547.0153 to register.