Tommy’s Traveling Book Club

Triumph of the CityJoin Councilmember Tommy Wells for the first installment of Tommy’s Traveling Book Club, a quarterly discussion group coordinated by the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library. The first book club meeting will be on Monday, December 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Watha T. Daniel Shaw Neighborhood Library, located at 1630 7th St. N.W. For this inaugural event, Council member Wells has chosen Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser as his first selection. Joining him in leading the discussion will be Harriet Tregoning, Director of the DC Office of Planning.

Triumph of the City argues that cities are civilization’s greatest invention, and that urban living actually makes people greener, healthier and happier. Author Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he studies the economics of cities, housing, segregation, obesity, crime, innovation and other subjects. Not surprisingly, he weaves several of these topics throughout the book, as he explores what makes our cities – and humankind – thrive and survive.

Each event will occur at a different branch library.  Tommy’s Traveling Book Club will meet again in April, during National Library Week, with details to come. In the meantime, parents should save the date of February 11, 2012, when Tommy’s Traveling Book Club - Pee Wee Edition visits the Deanwood Library.  Council member Wells will participate in a special 10 a.m. children’s story time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ezra Jack Keats’ classic, The Snowy Day.