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Published on Monday, January 31, 2011

Join us for this film screening in celebration of the 2011 Black History Month theme: "African Americans & the Civil War."   We'll show the first part of this 5 disc series, "The Cause" at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 8. The film will last approximately 90 minutes. If you like, stay afterwards to discuss your reactions with fellow viewers.

Ken Burns' award-winning documentary actually took longer to complete than the Civil War itself, but it is a masterpiece of primary source material and narration of real people's experiences during the war.  Check out more info on the film here. http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/

Published on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Do you enjoy creative writing? Have you got a story saved on your computer that you hope just might turn into a novel someday? Whether you write poetry, fiction, essays, children's literature, or other genres, you're invited to join our writing workshop at the Takoma Park branch.  We meet at least once a month, and twice when schedules allow, always on a Thursday evening.  The next meeting is this Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 pm.  This is an informal workshop rather than a writing class.  All participants are encouraged to bring short samples of their work for the other participants to read and comment on. Ages 18 and up are welcome.  Questions? Call 202-576-7252 and ask for Heather.  Happy writing!

Published on Monday, January 17, 2011

Chrysanthemum coverAre you and your preschool-aged child (ages: 0-4 years) into watching Max and Ruby films, based on the Max and Ruby books by beloved children’s book author Rosemary Wells?  Want to share the film version of, say, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes or Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert with your favorite little one? 

Published on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We will be observing and celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Takoma Park DC Library this Saturday, Jan. 15. Beginning at 2 pm, families can head to the children's room for a special Martin Luther King Day story time.  Afterwards, join us for a craft and cake to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. 

Here's a list of items you can check out of a DC library near you to celebrate at home!
(Takoma Park has most of these on the shelf - ask us if you need help or want to order a copy.)

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

Understanding the Civil Rights Movement
DVD 323.0973 U55

Martin Luther King: "I have a dream"
DVD 323.092 M381

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Reagan  Miller
394.26 MILLER

In Remembrance of Martin
DVD 92 K53I

Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tired of clutter at home or work?  Need more room for all that stuff?

Join us at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library on Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m. for a free seminar on getting and staying organized. Organizing gurus (and Takoma residents!) Tamara Belden and Judy Tiger will offer tips on taming the clutter in our lives.

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.
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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