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September 20, 2014

The Tippler Emily

Emily as a child (on left)Join us at 12:30 on Sunday, September 21 as we celebrate the equinox with Emily Dickinson's poem about bees, butterflies and inebriation. Perhaps some more sober Lorine Niedecker and Cid Corman as well. A touch of Ginsberg. No experience with poetry required. Just some fearlessness.

Cid Corman performs It isnt for want
Lorine Niedecker performs Foreclosure
Allen Ginsberg performs A Supermarket in California — Babies in the tomatoes — Who killed the porkchops?

And here is Emily:

I taste a liquor never brewed —
From Tankards scooped in Pearl —
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!

Inebriate of Air — am I —
And Debauchee of Dew —
Reeling — thro endless summer days —
From inns of Molten Blue --

When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door —
When Butterflies — renounce their "drams"
I shall but drink the more!

Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats —
And Saints — to windows run —
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the — Sun

Librivox audio (yes, there are alternate versions)

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September 16, 2014

Livelong Takoma Day

Saturday the 20th, 1-4 in the Community Center
A special program for people 55 and older.

Music; Poems, Dialogues, Health Screenings, Ceramic Workshops, Games, Food.
More information: Karen Maricheau 301.891.7280

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September 12, 2014

Broad Stripes Bright Stars

Tomorrow is Maryland's Big Day, the celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. The Star Spangled Banner, which Francis Scott Key originally titled Defence of Fort McHenry, was born at dawn the next morning.

Fireworks over Fort McHenry, tall ships, cannon fire, a million people. Events have been ongoing all week, but the biggest crowds are expected on Saturday the 13th and for the flag raising in the morning on Sunday the 14th.

Earlier this week more than 6,000 students from all over Maryland created a living flag. A living flag was also part of the centennial celebrations in 1914.

Fort McHenry is worth a visit at any time. It had a long, interesting history before and after the War of 1812 — as a prison during the Civil War, a 3,000-bed hospital in World War I, a Coast Guard training base during World War II.

Event list
The Saturday night concert which will be broadcast live on PBS
Fort McHenry
In the library collection: Fort McHenry by Michael Burgan (digital, use your library card number, search for mchenry)
The other verses
Details of the battles of North Point and Baltimore

image from the Washington Post

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September 11, 2014

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis BookGraphic novelist Eleanor Davis will read from her newest book — for adults — titled How to Be Happy on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Copies of Davis' books will be available for sale, courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore, but no purchase is required to attend this free event. NOTE: This program is best for adults and teens; Davis rates her presentation PG-13 because of strong language and discussion of sexual issues.

September 06, 2014

Soccer, Big Time

Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 in the library :
Sportswriter and columnist Dave Zirin will be reading and discussing his newest book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil

Brazil's Dance with the Devil

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September 05, 2014

Revisit Kate's Visit

Kate DiCamillo, Artist:Anna Lensch If you missed Kate DiCamillo, or want to listen again, here are some clips

The clips include:

Kate DiCamillo
... interviewed
... on the story behind Flora and Ulysses
... on her favorite book

Karen talks about our upcoming authors

Next author:
Sportswriter Dave Zirin on Tuesday Sept. 9
Reading and discussing his book Brazil's Dance with the Devil

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August 31, 2014

Labor Day 2014

Womens Trade Union LeagueWe are closed today, August 31, and tomorrow, September 1. Both the library and the computer rooms. The wireless signals can be picked up near the doors.

Labor Day History

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August 30, 2014

Bicentennial of the Burning

Dolley MadisonIn late August 1814 The British invaded Washington by crossing the bridge at Bladensburg. They then burned the White House, the Navy Yard, and the Capitol which also housed the Library of Congress.

The US Capitol temporarily moved to Brookville.

Great book: Walter Lord's The Dawn's Early Light.

The celebrations at Brookville. (You can take the Metro to Glenmount and pick up a shuttle.)
Activities at Bladensburg.

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