WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS — Join us Monday, November 14, for this fascinating program!

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A Discussion with
Writer Andrew Rusnak  

Monday, November 14  
7:00-8:30 PM  
Park Road Books     

Virtual reality has become a thing…and it can help you become a better writer! Understanding the literacy impacts of immersive virtual reality when it comes to other cultures is important, especially when looking at working with international clients. When you can interact in real-time with people across the world, you can bridge gaps that were previously guarded by deep waters, and you can become a student and a teacher at the same time.

This discussion will focus on using virtual reality tools in new and different ways in the literacy field, to interact with individuals in different cultures and backgrounds. Gain advice from expert Andrew Rusnak on working with international clients, non-English speakers, and more.

The truth is that the Internet has brought all of us closer together than ever before, and virtual reality technologies are simply one more step in the ever-present quest for connectivity, understanding, and the ability to preserve and promote literacy across the planet.

We look forward to seeing you there!


By most accounts, Andrew Rusnak is a pretty cool dude. In 2010, he decided to venture out into the wilderness of words and become a freelance writer. Since then, he’s concocted thousands of pieces of content for entities such as eBay, Sears, K-Mart, Greater Charlotte Biz Magazine, and about a bazillion other companies (fun fact: Microsoft Word recognizes the word “bazillion”).

Currently, he resides in Lancaster, SC, and despite being awesome all day, he is humbly learning how to be a dad with the help of his beautiful wife Christina.

Next meeting! January 14 — Book Swap and E-books & E-readers Discussion


Annual Book Swap — and E-books, E-readers,
and Online Book Resources Discussion

WHEN: Monday evening, January 14, 2013, 7:00-9:00 PM

WHERE: Northwest School of the Arts Media Center
1415 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

WHAT: Our annual winter socializing and networking event – This is a great way to start off the new year! Refreshments are included – please bring a contribution, if you wish. We’ll have some great giveaways, too, but you have to be a member and attend the meeting to win!

This is a free event.

Our meeting includes all of the following:

  • Our annual book swap — Bring adult books you’ve finished or don’t want any longer and swap them for books you DO want to read. Almost as much fun as shopping in your sister’s or friend’s closet……
  • A book DONATION opportunity, in support of Promising Pages, a local charity: www.promisingpages.com — Please bring new and gently used children’s books. baby to age 18, to donate to low-income families in the Charlotte area!
  • A discussion of books in the E-world, with info on getting more out of your E-books and E-readers, plus online resources for digital book formats, as well as for book clubs and book reviews — websites, apps, blogs, Facebook pages, and so forth. This obviously will not be the end-all on these subjects, but we will offer a good chance to share information and learn some valuable tips and tricks on making use of all of this technology about books. We may have some ways to get free books, too!
  • KOBO e-readers and e-books information from Sally Brewster at Park Road Books — where you can buy both KOBO readers and e-books.
  • NOOK e-readers and e-books information from Barnes & Noble in Charlotte.

Members — WE NEED YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS! We’re compiling a list of these online resources for using e-books and e-readers, plus book reviews and book club sites. These include websites, apps, blogs, Facebook pages, whatever. We will post this list on the WNBA-Charlotte website in the near future.  Please send the names and links for any websites, apps, blogs, Facebook pages, etc. that you use/read and think are good and worthwhile, to Liz Romanek [ elizabeth.romanek@cms.k12.nc.us ] and to Susan Walker [ susan.walker.books@gmail.com ] so we can compile this handy list of resources.

THANKS in advance for your help with this, everyone. We look forward to seeing you at the January 14 meeting!