For those who like their puzzles forward and backward

March 19, 2013

I have always had a small spot in my heart for palindromes, those strange puzzles in which the letters appear in the same order forward and backward. Example: A man, a plan, a canal: Panama. Wouldn’t you know the winners of the new Symmys  contest were announced recently? Jon Agee won in the short category for the following:

An igloo costs a lot, Ed! Amen. One made to last! So cool, Gina!

Making sense is secondary to the exact order of the letters. See the article for other entries.

Shira S.

Ready, Set, Write! NaNoWriMo Is Here!

November 1, 2010

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which means this is your chance to participate in a writing frenzy that aims to stifle your inner critic and get you to produce a full-length (50, 000-word) novel by the end of the month. (And no, you can’t simply write one word 50, 000 times and claim victory.) See the NaNoWriMo Website for details.  Good luck!

Mary B., Reader’s Services

Enter the Poetry Competition!

February 2, 2009


The Board of Directors of the Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce an annual poetry competition funded by an endowment to the Library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield. The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards competition is open to all students, kindergarten through the eighth grade, attending an Evanston elementary or middle school or residing in Evanston, and all high school students and adults in the Chicago area. This year’s guest judge will be Janet S. Wong.

Awards will be made in four categories: 1) kindergarten through fifth grade, 2) sixth through eighth grade, 3) high school students, and 4) adults. Prizes for the three winning entries in each category will be: First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $50; and Third Prize: $25.


Find out more! –the entry deadline is February 28, 2009.

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