March 26, 2009

French Circle Time

Bievenue! (Welcome!) All are welcome at our French Circle Time this Saturday, March 28, from 10:30-11 a.m. Join Madame Marie as she leads the group in songs and rhymes in French, then reads a story or two. The program is perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their grown-ups. No registration required. A bientot! (See you soon!)

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March 18, 2009

Medieval Magic

You're invited to a special performance of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Middle school students will bring medieval characters to life as they perform poems from the Newbery Medal-winning book, and music will be provided by local musician Wendy Lanxner and her students. The performance will open the annual meeting of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, but you don't have to be a member of the Friends to come and enjoy the show, as well as some goodies to eat and drink. No registration required; the show is best for school-aged children and older.

The middle school students first performed Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! in December, as the culmination of a four-week workshop with local poets Elizabeth Rees and Rosanne Singer. During the workshop, the students first read the book, written by Laura Amy Schlitz, then decided which character they would like to be. In addition, the students wrote "persona" poems, in which they created a character inspired by one of the characters in the book. Like the poems in the book, the students' poems were alternately moving and humorous. Come and enjoy this unique performance of an award-winning book!

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March 03, 2009

John Stokes

Come hear civil rights veteran John Stokes describe how as a Virginia teenager he became part of one of the most famous legal cases ever argued: Brown vs. Board of Education. The program takes place Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. and is geared for children ages 5 up. Adults also are most welcome. Please register by going to or by calling: 301-891-7259.
Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring this program!

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Tween Writing Club

Do you want to write poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction? Then join our new Tween Writing Club, led by Susan Katz-Miller, former Newsweek reporter and high school English teacher. Each month, the group will do some writing games together to warm up. Then, tween writers will read from their own work, and Sue will lead supportive group discussions. No assignments, no grading, no rubrics, just writing for the sheer joy of it. Bring some of your writing to the first class. Class limited to ten writers. Third Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. March 18, April 15, May 20. Note: this group is for kids ages 10-12.

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Wonderful Ones

Each Wednesday in April, we're offering a special program for children ages 12-24 months and their grown-ups. From 11-11:30 a.m., we'll sing songs, do fingerplays and rhymes and read some books. Come have some fun with us! To register, go to or call us at 301-891-7259.

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Coretta Scott King

Black History Month is celebrated each February. But winners of the Coretta Scott King Award make good reading throughout the year.
Here's a look at the award, as well as list of the 2009 winners:
Children's Corner: Coretta Scott King book awards honor black authors, illustrators

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