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Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Photo of White House with SnowI absolutely love this season!  Here in D.C., there are many things to celebrate:  freshly fallen snow; the cold, crisp air…wintertime is definitely upon us. In celebration of both winter and the haiku poetic form, I’ve composed a series of haikus (poems created in the Japanese style of writing unrhymed, three-lined poems--with each line containing five, seven and five syllables, respectively) as a way to pay tribute to this awe-inspiring, sometimes irritating (yet always beautiful!) time of year.

“Winter in D.C.”

#1 -
winter is and was
wreaking havoc on streets/cars
yet we smile.  i marvel.

Published on Monday, December 20, 2010


“How can she think she can blend in?  Only her skin and her hair are Chinese.  Inside—she is all American-made.” 

Character Lindo Jong uses these words in a chapter entitled “Double Face”—part of Amy Tan’s epic novel The Joy Luck Club—to describe the feeling that her daughter, Waverly Jong, is Chinese in appearance only, and that her actions and beliefs have become so Americanized that they’ve been rendered unrecognizable to her.  Throughout the novel, we bear witness to the fact that each of the main characters within the story balances her ideas of what American and Chinese cultures are supposed to entail, and about whether her counterpart within the mother/daughter duo fulfills her respective role within both cultures. In this and other chapters throughout the work, the reader sees the interplay between folklore and real life, and how the two interact to provide textuality to what has become each woman’s daily existence.  Through this, the reader learns more about each character’s background, thereby gaining insight on the experiences that have come to color each woman’s outlook on life.

Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

There's at least one good thing about being picked for jury duty: you can get a lot of reading done. Here are some current books I recommend:

The False Friend by Myla Goldberg

This was a great book to read while contemplating how faulty the human memory (read: crime scene witnesses) may or may not be. Celia's best friend died years ago, years in which Celia could not remember what happened that day. When she has a sudden flashback of letting her friend die, Celia rushes back to her hometown to tell the truth. But she finds that everyone else remembers the situation differently. The subplot of Celia's wavering relationship with her longtime boyfriend rings true.   

Half Life by Roopa Farkooki

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November is National Novel Writing Month, so there is no better time to join us at the Takoma Park branch on Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm to hear local author Kathryn Johnson discuss her latest work, The Gentleman Poet: A Novel of Love, Danger, and Shakespeare' s 'The Tempest' and the ins and outs of writing historical fiction.
book cover

Published on Saturday, November 13, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One, is coming out in theatres on Nov. 19! Are you as excited as I am? To get geared up for the finale, join us for a celebration at Takoma Park Library at 3:30 on Friday, Nov. 19.  Participants will be sorted into the four Hogwarts Houses by our sorting hat and then compete in a scavenger hunt to win prizes. After that hard work, cool off with a glass of delicious butterbeer (don't worry, it's non-alcoholic) and make your own HP poster! 
PS: go here to watch the trailer. http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows/mainsite/index.html

Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2010

David ShamanDavid Shaman, author of The World Bank Unveiled: Inside the Revolutionary Struggle for Transparency, will discuss his book and experiences from his 12 years of working at the World Bank.

Mr. Shaman provided a brief overview of the book, stating:

Published on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Published on Monday, October 25, 2010

The weather may be scarily warm, but it is fall, and Halloween is sneaking up on us!  Join us at Takoma Park Neighborhood Library on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm for a spookily fun event for the whole family!

We'll start off with a scary story time at 1:00, followed by a batty craft and a rousing round of musical tombstones...er, chairs.  Then head down to the meeting room for gory goodies, monster games and to have your fortune told or your face painted in the latest ghastly fashion.  Don't forget to come in costume - we'll announce the best costume at the end of the party. All ages welcome. 

Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kasia Malloy-Mortellaro, one of our five-year-old "regulars" at the library, enjoyed reading Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl so much that she wrote a synopsis and book review for her neighborhood library's web page! Following is Kasia's impression of the story as told to her mother:

book cover of Danny, the Champion of the World

Published on Thursday, September 30, 2010

If you want to celebrate books and reading, Saturday, Oct. 2 is the day for you to come to any DC Library!  Check out the events that will be held at the Takoma Park branch below:

For Children and Families
Drop in Saturday to read stories at the cozy reading tent we've made by the fireplace.

For Teens
Some book covers just suck - but that doesn't mean the stories aren't good!  Save them by designing cool new covers and putting them on display.

For Adults
We're turning our meeting room into a Reading Salon where you can listen to jazz and sip tea while you read.  Join us for discussions of Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann at 11:00 am and Losing My Cool by Thomas Chatterton at 2:00 pm. 

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