May 30, 2014

Teaching With Heart

Come join State Sen. Jamie Raskin and others at our special celebration of teachers on Wednesday June 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. Raskin is one of the contributors to a new book, Teaching With Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach, which was edited by Takoma Park resident Megan Scribner. Other contributors who will be part of the presentation include Liam Corley, Kathleen Glaser, Dennis Huffman and Christine Intagliata. The program will include lively readings from the book, in which 90 diverse teachers, educators and administrators share the poems that inspire them, along with their own heartfelt, moving stories about how each poem guides their teaching. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for the special teacher in your life (although no purchase is required to attend the program). So mark your calendar for what promises to be a memorable evening!

Posted by karen at 11:15 AM

May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou

Sesame Street just shared this ...

and you may enjoy this recitation of Life Doesn't Frighten Me.

The text:

Life Doesnít Frighten Me
Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesnít frighten me at all

Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesnít frighten me at all

Mean old Mother Goose
Lions on the loose
They donít frighten me at all

Dragons breathing flame
On my counterpane
That doesnít frighten me at all.

I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I wonít cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild

Life doesnít frighten me at all.

Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesnít frighten me at all.

Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they donít frighten me at all.

That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
With their hair in curls)
They donít frighten me at all.

Donít show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If Iím afraid at all
Itís only in my dreams.

Iíve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.

Life doesnít frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.

Life doesnít frighten me at all.

- Maya Angelou


Posted by library at 06:04 PM

May 25, 2014

Closed Two Days

ArlingtonThe library and computer rooms will be closed both Sunday the 25th and Monday the 26th. The wireless signals are working.

Posted by library at 09:14 AM

May 06, 2014

Great Spring Sale 2014

The Friends of the Library will hold one of their renowned used book sales on Saturday May 17 from 10 to 3 ! We need volunteers to help at the sale in two-hour shifts from 8 am to 4 pm.

Please come and buy books - but also plan to help at the sale. We usually have assistance from between 25 and 30 people, and their combined efforts make this sale possible.

So please pick a time to help, and e-mail ellenr@takomaparkmd.gov High school students may receive service learning hours for helping at the sale.

As you know, the book sales are an important source of revenue for the Friends - and provide funds for the many things they do for the Library.

Posted by library at 06:24 PM

May 05, 2014

Librarian Superstar

Our own Karen MacPherson has been elected as a member of the newest Caldecott Medal Committee. This is a high honor.

Politics & Prose interviewed Karen recently. Discover her answers to questions such as
    Favorite work of literature featuring a library or librarian?
    Are you a stickler for quiet?
    What is the weirdest book question a patron has asked you?

And please watch the video to learn more about Karen and more about our library.

Posted by library at 12:18 PM

May 02, 2014

Steel Azaleas

New art for the corner of Piney Branch and Flower (appropriately). The sculptor is Howard Connelly.

azalea sculpture

Posted by library at 03:15 PM
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