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Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

to_catch_a_thiefOur “Classics on Film” series continues this month with some spectacular films.  Hope to see you there!

Oct. 1 - To Catch a Thief
Oct. 15 – Cleopatra (1931)
Oct. 22 – Arabian Nights (1942)
Oct. 29 – Dracula (1931)

All films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room. 

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Unknown MatisseMatisse the MasterThe Chevy Chase History/Biography Book Club selection is The Unknown Matisse and/or Matisse the Master, both by Hilary Spurling.  Read one (or both!) biographies and come and discuss the li

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coroner's LunchThe October selection for the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill. 

The book takes place in Laos in 1975.  The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony.  Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner.  Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

Swindle"At the back of the drawer, a flash of color caught Griffin's eye.  He reached in and pulled out an old faded card.  On one side of the card was a message: Top Dog Bakery Products - For the Sandwich of Champions, on the other side there was a colored drawing of a baseball player shouldering a bat.  Griffin read the name at the bottom of the card: George Herman (Babe) Ruth."

Griffin wants to help his family, who are in need of money. He sells the card to a man named Swindle and later finds out the card is worth $1 million. He was swindled!

Griffin's plan: Steal the card back.

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

Dead Even CoverThe September selection of the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is Dead Even by Brad Meltzer.

Sara Tate starts her job as a New York City assistant district attorney the day before massive budget cuts.  To keep her job, she grabs a case slated for one of the DA office's hot shots, thinking it will be the kind of showpiece that  will make her a hero.  The next day, she learns that the defense attorney on the case is her husband, Jared Lynch.

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

Pearl Buck coverThe September selection of the Chevy Chase History/Biography Book Club is Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling. 

Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver

Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver coverWas there real Long John Silver? 
Is the most famous of fictional pirates actually based on the life of a real man?
Did he live near by in Alexandria, Va.?
Who was Johnathan Swift? 
Where are his legendary silver mines?

Home Sweet Home?

Published on Monday, August 27, 2012

Is home a familiar space or a foreign place?  Can it be both at once?  Homes can be cozy spots of safety, fortresses against danger, battlegrounds, and concealments.  Homes are places where world dramas play out on domestic stages.  Homes are where people live, grow and test the boundaries of filiation and affiliation, where a reckoning develops between forming an identity and retaining a sense of belonging.  

In this series, we will consider the notion of “home” as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal; it is a place that exists on a cultural and emotional level that is intrinsically linked with the physical attributes of architecture and design.

Each session will begin with a 30-minute lecture about the book, its author and its historical context.  A facilitated group discussion will follow each lecture. The books and discussion dates are below. This series will meet at Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 

Please contact to receive emails about the program.  We are grateful for the financial support for the series from the Chevy Chase Library Friends, and hope you will join us for the series.


Published on Monday, August 27, 2012

Dr. Denise Johnson, assistant professor of reading education, at the College of William and Mary, says of audio books: "It's the mode of presentation, the narrator's use of of inflection, interpretation and effective pacing which engages the reader's senses.  The listener becomes absorbed into the story line.  Does listening to audio books count as reading?  If reading is understanding the content of the story, then audio books succeed.  Understanding the message, thinking critically about content, and making connections is at the heart of what it means to be a reader and why kids learn to love books."

So many wonderful audio books can be borrowed or downloaded from DC Public Library.  A few of the favorites are:

Meeting: Monday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Published on Monday, August 27, 2012