July 29, 2011

The Baby's Back!

One of the most popular books in our Children's Room is The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, a spin-off from the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey. Published a decade ago, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby ended with a promise that the Baby's next adventure would be "coming soon". Well, "soon" turned out to be later, much later as Pilkey took on other projects. Last month, however, he finally published Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers to great cheers from his fans. The book was an instant best-seller and garnered great reviews from readers and book critics, including The New York Times. Here's the review of the book that I wrote in my weekly Scripps Howard News Service column. My column is sent out to 300 newspapers each week; this version of my Super Diaper Baby 2 review was published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:Children's Corner: Super Diaper Baby is back in all his powder and glory

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July 22, 2011

The Witches

The Takoma Park Maryland Library's Junior Banned Books Club will be discussing The Witches by Roald Dahl this Monday evening, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. The club is open to anyone in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades who has read this classic book. Registration is encouraged, but not required for this 45-minute discussion.

We'll gather in the Children's Room at the Library (101 Philadelphia Ave. in Takoma Park, Md.) and then head over to one of the Community Center rooms so we can enjoy snacks while we discuss the book. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, go to Library Events - Registration List or call us at 301-891-7259.

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Huck Finn

Our award-winning Banned Books Club will be discussing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain this Monday evening, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. Our club is open to anyone in middle school or high school who has read this American classic. We're going to focus our discussion particularly on the recent decision by a publisher to publish a "new" version of the book that removed racial epithets, but we'll also discuss the book in general.

Our discussion will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Ave.). Please gather at the main desk in the lobby, and we'll head off together to one of the Community Center rooms to enjoy a snack while we discuss the book. Registration is encouraged, but not required; to register, go to Program Registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library or call us at 301-891-7259.

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July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Stats

With the final Harry Potter movie coming out tonight, here's a look at the amazing number of books that have been sold since the series began:
The Potter In Print Count

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July 08, 2011

Bedtime Stories

Come to our monthly Bedtime Stories program this Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m. This half-hour program of songs, rhymes and stories is perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. (Note: we'll be back on our regular Bedtime Stories schedule -- the first Monday evening of the month -- in August.)

Posted by at 06:53 PM

Bastille Day Play

Come celebrate Bastille Day on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. with a special -- and free! --performance of The Forced Marriage, a comic play by the great French playwright Moliere. The 45-minute performance, given by the Traveling Players Ensemble,will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Ave. in Takoma Park, Md.).The performance, which is best for ages 6 up, is sponsored by the Takoma Park Maryland Library and the Friends of the Library. The Traveling Players Ensemble, which consists of middle school students, has been selected as a Summer School in the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts -- one of 25 in the nation. This summer, they are performing The Forced Marriage, which details what happens when a young man named Sganarelle gets cold feet about his engagement to the lovely Dorimene. As a result, Sganarelle must contend with loony philosphers, bad advice from friends and the young lady's unnervingly polite family. Can Sganarelle weasel out of tying the knot -- of is it already too late? The young actors inspire plenty of laughs as they draw out the humor inherent in Moliere's play.
Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you want to register, please go to: Program Registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library or call us at 301-891-7259.

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