We have very little snow. We plan to open today at noon as usual.
January 26th is Bessie Coleman's birthday.
The next time you are in the children's room look for these:
Fly, Bessie, fly written by Lynn Joseph, illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan
Fly high! : the story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger, illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Nobody owns the sky : the story of "Brave Bessie"Coleman by Reeve Lindbergh, illustrated by Pamela Paparone
Talkin' about Bessie : the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
The graphic novels workshop scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. has been canceled. We are expecting snow.
The library and computer rooms are closed. All scheduled programs are canceled.
The Library of Congress wished everyone Happy New Year with a Takoma Park photo, the garden of the house named "Auld Lang Syne." Some lovely music? Here.
Pierre Perrolle's note on this house
'Itís 7315 Piney Branch, which we usually call the "Dorsey House", which was on the H&G Tour about three years ago. Itís first owner was J Owens Dorsey ... and I believe thatís his daughter, Virginia Lightfoot. The house was designed by Leon Dessez, who also did the Cady-Lee and the Naval Observatory/Admiralty House (VPís residence). If my memory serves me correctly, there is a plaque on the front door that reads "Auld Lang Syne." '
Our first winter MOOC, UCSD's Learning How to Learn, begins January 2nd at noon and lasts four weeks. Sign up. It's free. Use your existing Coursera account if you have one. Get one if you don't.
Topic for the first week: focused versus diffuse thinking
You don't need to register immediately. Our first get-together to discuss this new learning research will be Jan 11th in computer room B. So you have a week to think (diffusely) about it.
This course is taught by the amazing Barbara Oakley. We will soon have her newest book, A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), added to our library collection.