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Published on Monday, July 19, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
By John Green and David Levithan

John Green has done it again. This guy is quite possibly my favorite YA author currently writing. This time, he's teamed up with David Levithan to bring two voices to the same book: Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The premise is that two teen guys, both named Will Grayson, live within a relatively short distance of each other, and one night their worlds collide.  Both boys are struggling through a more or less loner high school experience and longing for love. One is coming to terms with being gay, while the other is trying to define his relationship with his best friend, Tiny, who is also gay. That may sound a bit heavy to you, but hilarious incidents, snide comments, and plot twists make this book a page-turner. Check it out today!  

Published on Friday, July 2, 2010

Looking for something to do this summer? Come to the library and participate in some cool art programs.  On Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30 pm, make a Message in a Bottle.  Have you ever found a piece of paper left behind in a book by somebody else? A random note or letter?  How about a message in a bottle washed up on the beach?  We're going to create our own inspiring message, quote, or letter to a stranger, something that will brighten their day when they find it.  You can decorate the message however you like, then stick it in a bottle and leave it for a friend, neighbor, or even at a bus stop.  Then on Saturday, July 10 at 3:30 pm, come join Kevin Reese, guest artist, in making mobiles.  Use the theme of Making Waves to create nautical or beachy decorations for your room this summer.

Published on Monday, June 21, 2010

National HIV Testing Week is this June 21 - 27.  Come to any DC Public Library to find out more about what programs and services we're offering this week.  Free, rapid, confidential HIV testing will be offered at 5 different libraries. The closest testing location to Takoma Park will be the Shepherd Park branch.  They're testing Saturday, June 26 from 11:00 - 3:00. It only takes 20 minutes to get your free test results - so if you don't know your status, please take the test.

Published on Friday, June 4, 2010

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, June 5 from 1 - 3 pm for a family Summer Reading Kick Off!  To celebrate our water theme, we're having a library luau.  Come try out the limbo contest, or join a conga line through the stacks!  There will be crafts, snacks, games, and a chance to register for summer reading and find out about our summer reading programs this year.  All ages welcome.

Published on Thursday, May 27, 2010

The 2010 Summer Reading Program starts June 1st at DC Public Library.  The theme for children and youth ages birth - 14 is Make a Splash!  The theme for teens ages 12 – 17 is Make Waves.  To enhance our water theme we have a variety of library programs and special performances.  Along with our regular story times and arts and crafts we will be having a luau kick-off party for all ages, movie nights, guest storytellers, a National Opera performance, a gardening program, and living classrooms. 

To Say Nothing of the Dog

Published on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thanks to a patron, I came across a lovely little gem of a book this month, entitled Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Published in 1889, this short, humorous novel has never been out of print.

It is narrated by J, and concerns a trip he takes on the river with his two friends George and Harris, and his dog.  Nothing much happens during their excursion, but small events get exaggerated, and often provide an impetus to recall past events and give opinions – think of it as a precursor to Seinfeld

For example, the three men dearly want to eat a tin of pineapple after a long day, but they find they've forgotten to pack a can opener, and set about injuring themselves and falling overboard trying to open it. 

Published on Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Takoma Park Library had three great programs this week as part of the Big Read. On Monday, Coolidge High School juniors acted out scenes from the book, A Lesson Before Dying. I picked the scenes beforehand and spoke to the students about acting them out. Their English teacher then took over and coached them to complete the project as part of their semester grade. After each class performed their scene, we showed the clip of that scene in the movie and talked about the different interpretations.  Some classes even added songs and dancing to their skits, to the great amusement of all present. (See Tuesday's Post Style section for an overview of Big Read activities in area high schools, including Coolidge.)  

Published on Saturday, May 1, 2010

There's a lot of great young adult (YA) literature out there, but anyone who reads YA novels knows that, for the most part, they're pretty heavy.  Most YA novels include at least one of the following elements: a teen's parent is dead, or not around, and she's depressed, or dying, or her brother is, or her best friend just died, and/or tried to commit suicide, and she's also starving herself and just witnessed a school shooting. 

This really struck me the other day when a teen asked me if I had any "funny" books on the shelf, and I had to think about it for a minute. 

Come and Join in the Fun!

Published on Saturday, April 10, 2010

Picture of a bookDo you:

     --really love to read, and watch good movies based on the books that you read?

     --wish that you had a group of people to discuss good books and movies with?

If so, join us here at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library for the inaugural meeting of the Book-to-Film Discussion Group! Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Monday, April 5, 2010

 "Remearkable Creatures"Can you imagine what people thought the first time a huge dinosaur fossil was pulled from the earth? They didn’t understand what it was, or what it meant for life on our planet that these “remarkable creatures” no longer existed. Tracy Chevalier’s (Girl with a Pearl Earring) latest book follows historical figures Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot on their quest for fossils through Lyme Regis, UK, in the 1820s.