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Published on Thursday, January 26, 2012

These questions will be a starting point for our discussion on Feb. 1.

The passages are noted like this: 1.1-10, which means “Book 1. Lines 1-10.”


1.    In 1.270-272, Telemachus confides his woes to the goddess Athena (and gives the audience a little back story!).  He says,

“[O]nce this house was rich, no doubt, beyond reproach
when the man you mentioned still lived here, at home.
Now the gods have reversed our fortunes with a vengeance --
wiped that man from the earth like no one else before.”

Earlier, while speaking to the other gods about another famous son, Aegisthus, Zeus says,

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Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Chevy Chase Library is offering introductory computer classes every Friday at 9:30 a.m. 

We offer "Personal Computer Basics", "Introduction to Microsoft Word",  "Introduction to the Internet", and Introduction to E-Mail". The class schedules are available on the branch calender on this site. 

Registration is required. Please call 202-282-0021 to reserve your spot!

Published on Friday, January 6, 2012
Do our lives seem governed by unseen forces or are we in control?  Many religions defer to “God’s will” for the good and bad experiences we have, and acknowledge that we don’t always know why God would allow us individually or collectively to suffer pain, disappointment, even early death.  Some religious thinkers say that God created us and the Earth and all it contains, but God does not reach down and “manage” our lives.  For the nonreligious, the unknowable hand that steers our paths is ascribed to Fate.  That is, we do not always know what’s around the corner, but our lives and choices are predetermined.  And a third belief system says we conduct our lives with free will.  We choose how we live.

Expert Karin Silverman to Visit Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, January 6, 2012

Karin SilvermanThe Chevy Chase Library is proud to announce that it will be hosting a meditation workshop entitled “Meditation for Healthy Living” on January 11 at 1 p.m.  Karin Sliverman will be teaching meditation techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.  No registration is required.

For more information please email Adult Librarian Emily Menchal at

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our Marvelous Movie Monday afternoon films are geared towards the mature viewer and are shown with subtitles.  After each screening, you are invited to stay for a discussion of the film. 

This winter's films are:

January 9:  The White Balloon  (Iran, 1996, not rated, 81 minutes)
January 23: Before the Rain (Macedonia, 1995, rated R, 115 mins.)
January 30:  Unstrung Heroes (US, 2003, rated PG, 93 mins.)
Feb. 27:  The Social Network (US, 2010, Rated PG-13, 2 hours)
March 5:  Kiss Me Kate (US, 1953, not rated, 109 mins.)
March 12:  The Unsinkable Molly Brown (US, 1964, not rated, 128 mins.)
March 19:  Motorcycle Diaries (US/Argentina, 2004, rated R, 128 mins.)

All films start at 2 p.m. sharp!

Chevy Chase Display Runs Through January 31

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2012
  • What city in Europe has the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant? 
  • What city has the third best subway system in the world?

Madrid! Yes, Madrid, Spain, is the answer to both of the above questions. It was chosen one of the 10 most livable cities on earth by Monocle magazine, and it is now the third richest city in Europe (after London and Paris). It also has one of the highest concentrations of bars and restaurants per capita in the world. It's quite a surprising, fun and cultural city.

Come by, and see our display on Madrid this January 1 - 31.  Watch a video preview of the display.

Published on Saturday, December 31, 2011

Movie ticket and popcornStart the New Year with a new film series at the Chevy Chase Library!

Classic films will be screened every Monday Night at 6:30 p.m.

But what is a classic? That term can have a lot of meanings, so while you are in the library vote for what your favorite 'classic' film would be.

Can't pick just one? That's okay! Vote early, and often. Results may be used to plan for future films in this series.

Current Schedule:

Published on Thursday, November 3, 2011

MeredithMeredith Mileti, author of the new book Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses, will be speaking at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library on November 12 at 2 p.m. 

Display on View Through the End of November

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"The Borscht Belt" refers to the resort hotels of New York's Catskill Mountains, which acted as an incubator to many of America's best-known comics and entertainers through much of the 20th century.  Most of these resorts closed down in the 1980s or '90's, so they are virtually "gone with the wind," but they left a huge influence on American culture.

Come by the library to remember these amazing resorts and the talented entertainers who were nurtured there.  Here's a little video preview.  We have a selection of books about the Borscht Belt and the people associated with it.

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November is National Novel Writing Month and we’ll be hosting three “write-ins” at our branch.  Come on in to write, get together with fellow writers, and use all the library resources you need to write your masterpiece!   (There will also be refreshments.)

Our write-ins will take place on November 16, 23 and 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

To register for National Novel Writing Month, visit the NaNoWriMo website.

Hope to see you there!