Goshen County authors offered quiet space to write

November 8, 2018

TORRINGTON — Through the end of November, Goshen County Library will be providing a quiet space on Friday afternoons for prospective authors to write for National Novel Writing Month.

The library’s activity center will be set up with cookies, coffee and classical music.

“People can come and go as they please,” said librarian Helen Pugsley. “It’s just a quiet place to work on your novel.”

Over the course of National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short, participants are expected to complete a full novel in 30 days. Since the writing process requires time for concentration, the library provides writers with a place that they can get work done.

“There’s a lot of people in the community who have access to a quiet place to actually work,” Pugsley said. “The phone’s always ringing, the kettle’s always boiling, the kids are always crying.”

Pugsley, who has participated in NaNoWriMo herself, said the library is uniquely positioned to serve that need.

“What made me fall in love with libraries before I became a librarian was that it’s a place that you’re allowed to exist without buying something like at a coffee shop,” she said. “I think giving people that space is important.”

The activity center will be open on Fridays through the end of November from 2-5 p.m.

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