December 03, 2016
30 Local Authors Sunday 12/11
8th Annual Takoma Park Book Fair
Sunday, December 11, from 2:30-5 pm at Roscoe's (map)
1. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.
2. Chad Boggan, The Seed.
3. Adam Brookes, Spy Games.
4. Hank Cox, For Love of a Dangerous Girl.
5. Two new books from Dryad Press: Blume Lempel, Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories, trans. from Yiddish by Ellen Casssedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. Yossel Birstein, And So Is the Bus: Jerusalem Stories, trans. from Hebrew by Margaret Birstein, Hana Inbar, and Robert Manaster.
6. Betty Hafner, Not Exactly Love: A Memoir.
7. Scotlund Haisley, Compassion in Action: My Life Rescuing Abused and Neglected Animals.
8. Anthony Hynes, The Son with Two Moms.
9. Alison Kahn, Patapsco: Life along Maryland’s Historic River Valley, with photographs by Peggy Fox.
10. Kyimay Kaung, No Crib for a Bed and Other Stories.
11. Minh Le, Let Me Finish! Let Me Finish!
12. Millie Mack, Take a Byte Out of Murder.
13. Paul Maclardy, Kimono, Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century.
14. Eileen Haavik McIntire, In Rembrandt’s Shadow.
15. Roger McIntire, Teenagers and Parents: 12 Steps for a Better Relationship.
16. Ann McClellan, Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty.
17. The Memoir Roundtable, Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipe, Quilts, Graphic Novels and More.
18. Sandy Moore, The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story.
19. Penny Clover Petersen, Roses Are Dead, My Love.
20. Jeff Richards, Open Country: A Civil War Novel in Stories.
21. Megan Scribner, Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach.
22. Mohsen Sharifi, Mo’s Magical Stories.
23. Mark Swartz, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.
24. Michael Tanner and Ellen Maidman-Tanner, Twilight of Shadows.
25. Ruy Teixeira, The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think
26. Stephen Voss, In Training, a book of bonsai photos.
27. Carol Walsh, Painting Life: My Creative Journey through Trauma.
28. T. C. Weber, Sleep State Interrupt.
29. Lisa Ellis Williams, Behind the Veil: Devotions for the Committed Wife.
30. Jennifer Bort Yacovissi, Up the Hill to Home.
December 02, 2016
Race and Justice: Film & TP Community Discussion 12/5 at 7
Free Screening of "13th -- From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment". The director is Ava DuVernay ("Selma"). Following the showing, the floor will be open for discussion and questions, moderated by Prof. William Ellis (WAU Dept of History and Political Studies) and Prof. John Gavin (WAU Dept of Social Work). Local resident Marc Mauer, who appears in the film and is Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, will comment.
Monday, Dec 5, 7pm, Washington Adventist University Science Bldg (Weinstein Auditorium). It's right behind the hospital but enter from Flower Avenue map (pdf).
Notes from Diana Kohn:
"In the wake of the election many in TP are seeking a way forward. Race played a large role in the election campaign and that will continue. This documentary provides context for understanding race and justice in this current moment.
DuVernay undertook this project fresh from 'Selma' with support from Netflix. Her goal was to explore how the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery except 'as punishment for crime,' has led inexorably to the mass incarceration of African Americans. This screening is presented by the Center for Law and Public Policy at WAU as part of an ongoing Race and Justice series, and in partnership with Takoma Park's Unity in the Community Initiative."
November 30, 2016
No Español Mañana
Both Spanish Circle Time programs are canceled Thursday, Dec. 1 due to construction that will severely limit the amount of available parking. Spanish Circle Time will resume next Thursday, Dec. 8.
November 29, 2016
Hope & Inspiration: 12/3 at 2
Come to a special storytime this Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2- 3:30 pm at the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
All ages are welcome at this Hope & Inspiration gethering, where we'll also sing a few songs and finish with a simple craft designed to celebrate our diverse Takoma Park community.
For the first half hour of the program, we'll be reading picture books focused on themes of kindness and peace for the youngest readers; for the second half hour, we'll be reading some longer illustrated non-fiction books highlighting inspirational figures like Malala and important activism efforts, like the Greensboro sit-in and the Mendez family's successful fight for desegregated schools in California. We'll end the program by having everyone trace one of their hands on a piece of paper and personalize it with markers and stickers. Once we've cut out the "paper hands," we'll then gather them together in a series of wreaths that we'll use to decorate the Children's Room. Every participant will receive a booklist to take home to keep up the theme of hope and inspiration all year round. No registration is required for this special program. Please feel free to come for some or all of it -- hope to see you there!
November 24, 2016
Closed 11/24, 25, 26, 27 !
November 19, 2016
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a local author who writes on espionage, cybercrime, and science. His articles have appeared in have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and Wired.
"The Spy" has rave reviews and is appearing on best books lists.
This program is presented by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Books will be available for purchase and signing through Politics and Prose.
November 18, 2016
Here is his acceptance speech. Don't miss it.
"And I remember in 1956, when I was 16 years old, some of my brothers and sisters and cousins going down to the public library, trying to get library cards, and we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds."
Other winners include Colson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad : a novel, Daniel Borzutzky, and Ibram X. Kendi.
November 11, 2016
Missed Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud? Missed the craic? Here is video of the program:
Veterans Day 2016
We are closed, as are the computer rooms.
November 07, 2016
Eoin Colfer (Iron Man: The Gauntlet) and Jonathan Stroud (The Creeping Shadow) will begin their program at 7pm, not 7:30.