April 17, 2014
Favorite Poems 2014
Tuesday, April 22 - Our annual favorite poem evening. Please read one of your favorites. Let us know the name of the poem, and your name, by next Monday. We do need to put together the program.
This is a wonderful event, and its success depends entirely upon contributions from the community. Crowd-sourcing at its best.
In the past, favorites have included such poems as Allen Ginsburg's America, Langston Hughes' Genius Child, selections from Robert Bringhurst's Conversations With a Toad, e.e. cummings' When the Serpent Bargains for the Right to Squirm and Max Ehrnmann's Desiderata (read last year by the late Kay Daniels-Cohen).
We want you to share what you love most.
Please call 301.891.7259. And even if you are not reading, please come by on Tuesday evening at 7:30.
April 15, 2014
Armando Trull Program
Emmy-award winner Armando Trull will talk about his life as a journalist tomorrow Wednesday April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Trull's talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library as part of their annual meeting. All are welcome to attend and join us for a reception after Trull speaks. Learn more about Trull's background here: Armando Trull | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
April 12, 2014
Arbor Day 2014
Today, the 12th of April, is Takoma Park's Arbor Day. Come to the library lawn for free native saplings, rides up in enormous cherry pickers (bring your camera), professional tree climbing equipment to explore, American Chestnut seeds, informative displays and a huge crowd of friends and neighbors.
Note: Today is perfect. 68F, sunshine, the first flowers and blossom-covered trees.
April 04, 2014
Who Was Charles Ball?
Maryland tobacco slave, sold south to a cotton plantation, rented out as a sailor, fought with Barney's flotille in the Chesapeake Bay and at the Battle of Bladensburg ... and more. As a fugituve slave he wrote Slavery in the United States which we are reading in our history of American capitalism MOOC.
Join us on Sunday, the 6th, at 12:30 to discuss American slavery as well as Napolean and Haiti, the Baring Brothers, the New England textile mills, wage labor, and the importance of cotton to both North and South.
March 31, 2014
The Friends Annual Meeting with journalist Armando Trull is scheduled for Wednesday April 16. Armando will discuss changing media technologies and how these changes are influencing news reporting.
March 29, 2014
Tea and Sugar
Plantation sugar and political tea. Tomorrow, March 30th at 12:30, we will continue our discussions about the history of American capitalism. Please come to computer room B. It is not too late to start, we began only last week.
Yes, we will serve tea. And coffee for the rebels.
Current reading? the account of Olauduh Equiano.
We have a superb online resource that has several interesting personal stories. Use your library card to get entry and then follow this trail:
> Browse (there is a tab at the top)
> Primary Sources
> Slave Narratives
March 24, 2014
Postponed: The Friends of the Library annual meeting, with guest speaker Armando Trull, originally planned for tomorrow evening March 25th, will be rescheduled for a later date.
We'll update you all later.