November 30, 2009

ESOL Classes

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will be offering a 10 week ESOL course for adults at the Silver Spring Library beginning Jan 13 2010, MWF 2-5. Attending orientation (Jan 4 or 6) is REQUIRED. Orientation is First Come First Served. Classes are free but the books cost about $40.

The Council also offers free tutoring, on occasion in Takoma Park. Tutors meet with students at various locations. Please call them at 301.610.0030

Some other providers that give tutoring or classes in, or near, Takoma Park:

Beginning English: Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 240.777.4940 Free. Offers some services in TP.
Beginning English: Montgomery College Adult Education ESOL, 301.962.8950 Free
Beginning English: CASA de Maryland, 301.431.4185 (Ext. 208) Cost varies

Advanced English / Business English: Moshe Briel, 301.801.1972 Classes are listed as $50 or less.
Intermediate / High Beginner: Montgomery College English as a Second Language (ESL), 240.567.7262 $350+

Various Levels: Montgomery County Public Libraries - Conversation Clubs, 240.777.0196 Free.
Various Levels: The International Language Institute MD (ILIMD), 301.527.0600 $100+

For a database of places where one can take ESOL classes, go to the MCAEL Provider Directory and put Takoma Park in the search box (it works better than using the zip code).

We have several book/CD sets for people learning English. Come in and ask for assistance at the desk. We will show you to the collection.

Posted by library at 11:08 AM

November 25, 2009

open / closed

The library will be open today, Wednesday, until 9 PM. Closed Thursday and Friday. Open Saturday 10-5.

The Community Center (which includes the computer rooms) will be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by library at 02:12 PM

November 16, 2009

Leonids

The Leonid meteor shower should peak here around 4 AM the 17th. Try to get away from light pollution, though that is increasingly difficult in Takoma Park. Forecast? Clear skies.

The spectacular Leonids this year should be in Asia, where two debris streams, from the 1466 and 1533 crossings of the Tempel-Tuttle comet, should both hit at the same time.

We subscribe to Sky and Telescope. Print copies can be found here in the library. Online full text is available via either our eLibrary or Ebsco subscriptions.

See also:
More information on this year's Leonids

Posted by library at 12:14 PM

November 04, 2009

Election Results

Mayor: Incumbent Bruce R. Williams won a second term.

Ward 4: Terry Seamens won another term, defeating write-in candidate Eric Mendoza

Ward 6: Frederick Schultz defeated Navid Nasr-Esfahani

The other races were uncontested. Check the Takoma Park City Web Site later today for additional information.

We used a new sort of voting system - marking paper ballots that voters could later confirm had been counted correctly.
Takoma Park was the first town in the country to vote this way.

Posted by library at 10:13 AM

November 02, 2009

Library Closed 11/11

Every year we close on Veterans Day, November 11th.
red poppy

AKA Armistice Day, in Canada Remembrance Day, November 11th has been a national holiday since 1938.
Some basic facts.
History of the holiday.
War of the poppies.

Posted by library at 01:40 PM

Senior Computer Class

The Wednesday morning computer class for seniors will resume in January. See Paula in Rec for details. To attend the classes you need to:

  1. Register with the Recreation Department and pay a minimal fee.
  2. Be sure your Takoma Park library card is current and valid so you can log on to the computers.
Remember - if you have our library card you can use the public computer stations any time the computer and senior rooms are open. You don't have to wait until January to practice.

Click on the big arrow below to watch a bit of video of earlier classes. (You may then need to double-click the central arrow - depends on your browser.)

Posted by library at 11:51 AM
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