May 30, 2008

Art Quests

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Photo Art Quest

June 30 - July 3 from 9 AM until noon filled

Update: Because this filled so quickly, we have added a repeat:
July 14 - July 17 filled
Take digital photographs and turn them into art. Share them with your online friends, make avatars, decorate your tee or tank shirt.

The fun doesn't stop here, either. Just a few weeks later, on the mornings of August 4-8, you can join in on the Comic Art Quest and produce your own online stories. 1 space left

Each week long program is open to nine participants, ages 9-13.

We will provide food and most supplies.

Sign up online. You can register for just the Photo Art Quest, just the Comic Art Quest, or both.

Posted by library at 11:16 AM

May 15, 2008

1918

On May 17th the Sligo Adventist School celebrates its 90th birthday.

And 90 years ago today, May 15th, the first airmail stamps were issued: 24 cents per ounce. Regular stamps were three cents/oz and remarkably went down, yes down, in price in 1919 - to two cents.

The price of food? In pennies: bread 9.8; butter 57.7; eggs 56.9; milk (delivered) 27.8; sugar 45.5.

Average wages? enlisted military $870/yr; officers $2,698; people working in trade $941; in services $571 (includes medical-$520 domestic-$432 education-$721); federal civilian government $1,415.

(All the above from Historic Statistics of the United States)

Events? Wilson's 14 points; Plank's Nobel Prize for the quantum theory; Russian civil war and execution of the Czar's family; air battles with the Red Baron; End of WWI - Armistice signed; influenza that killed millions worldwide

(from Chronicles of the 20th Century)

What were the soldiers singing?

K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy.
You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore.
When the m-moon shines over the cowshed.
I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door.

(see The Annals of America, vol. 14 where you can also find an interpretation of the 14 points, a 1918 poem by Carl Sandburg, Thurber's University Days and Draft Board Nights, and many other primary documents of the time.)

Posted by library at 05:45 PM

May 09, 2008

Bathroom Poetry

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Last Thurday night local poets read their work in the library bathroom as part of the Bathroom Poetry Project.

If you would like your poetry installed in Takoma Park bathrooms, please send your submissions to bathroompoet AT hotmail.com

Posted by library at 06:26 PM

May 07, 2008

Job Interviews

Montgomery Works will again offer their superb job skills workshops in Takoma Park - this time Successful Interviewing. This workshop will be repeated three times: June 5, July 3, August 7. Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You need to register in advance.
Register online

If you didn't attend one of the résumé sessions here this past winter, you can catch up by signing up at the Long Branch Library. The Montgomery Works résumé workshops will be held there on the first Wednesday afternoon in June, July and August.

And do you know about the Maryland Workforce Exchange? Take a look through their resource links.

Posted by library at 12:04 PM
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