October 14, 2014
Remembering Ada 2014
Ada Lovelace Day, October 14th. We celebrate the great women in science, math, engineering, and technology.
Here is Chi Onwurah, engineer and politician at last year's big Ada day celebration in London.
Be sure to watch also cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott at the same Royal Institute event.
While you're toasting Ada, Chi, Sophie and all the many thousands of others, here are some of artist Kate Beaton's Ada and Charles paper dolls for you to cut out, and a poster to print, although if you are in the right place, such as Barcelona, Milan, Istanbul, even Philadelphia, Akron, Florence SC or Austin, you can attend Ada Lovelace Day festivities. Participate online with Adafruit, and via twitter with #AdaLovelaceDay #digitalwomen, #CNNWomen and #IDG14
October 09, 2014
When next we meet...
Sunday the 12th at 2 we will begin our Shakespeare fun, beginning with Romeo & Juliet. The MOOC? edX Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance, from Wellesley College. It's already started, but as we are still on our first play there is plenty of time to catch up.
The online course is taught by a senior lecturer in Theater Studies and a Professor of English. We merrily bounce back and forth between text and rehearsals.
Coming up? A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale. The library has purchased extra paperback copies of all the plays which you can find on the red classics cart. We have annotated editions and collections on the regular shelves in 822.33.
As for Romeo & Juliet, we have several editions, adaptations, children's versions, even a graphic novel. You can listen to a full cast version of the play on your pad or phone via our Audiobookcloud subscription.
October 08, 2014
This Is Just To Say...
This week in MODPO: Sunday the 12th at 12:30, room B, this heart-breaking poem by Countee Cullen,
Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee;
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.
Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, "Nigger."
I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.
We have recently added to our library collections poetry by Robert Carlton Brown, Lorine Niedecker, Cid Corman, Genevieve Taggard and the mad, or madcap, opinions differ, Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven. All are ModPo favorites.
October 07, 2014
Help Plan the Library's Redesign
Wed, October 8, 7:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center
This Fall and Winter, the Takoma Park Maryland Library will be undertaking a space-planning initiative with a noted architectural firm and professional library space designers, The Lukmire Partnership.
You are invited to attend a public meeting in the Azalea Room on October 8 at 7:30 p.m. and share your ideas for redesign of the Library space with architects and designers – and how best to address its building needs into the 21st Century.
This is a critical time to be a Library Friend – and to show your interest and support for the Library's future.
September 20, 2014
The Tippler Emily
Join us at 12:30 on Sunday, September 21 as we celebrate the equinox with Emily Dickinson's poem about bees, butterflies and inebriation. Perhaps some more sober Lorine Niedecker and Cid Corman as well. A touch of Ginsberg. No experience with poetry required. Just some fearlessness.
I taste a liquor never brewed —
From Tankards scooped in Pearl —
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!
Inebriate of Air — am I —
And Debauchee of Dew —
Reeling — thro endless summer days —
From inns of Molten Blue --
When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door —
When Butterflies — renounce their "drams"
I shall but drink the more!
Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats —
And Saints — to windows run —
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the — Sun
Librivox audio (yes, there are alternate versions)
September 16, 2014
Livelong Takoma Day
Saturday the 20th, 1-4 in the Community Center
A special program for people 55 and older.
Music; Poems, Dialogues, Health Screenings, Ceramic Workshops, Games, Food.
More information: Karen Maricheau 301.891.7280