July 20, 2004

Socratic Inquiry

Chris Phillips, the peripatetic teacher of philosophy for children, returns to the Takoma Park Maryland Library on Wednesday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m. (following the 7 pm story time led by Tina Hudak). Phillips will lead adults and children ages 8 and up in an evening of philosophical discussion using the elenctic, or indirect mode of inquiry, that Socrates used.

Chris and his wife Cecilia have visited the Takoma Park Maryland Library on many occasions to lead these discussions. Each time there has been a new crowd with no way to anticipate which way the discussion will go! But each adventure into philosophical inquiry has been fascinating.

Information about the Society for Philosophical Inquiry (SPI) , founded by Chris and Cecilia Phillips, and the associated gatherings for philosophical discussions, can be found at www.philosopher.org.

Posted by at 06:06 PM

The Odyssey

School-age children and adults are invited to a special near-end-of-summer holiday performance of “The Odyssey” by local theatre artist Ritchie Porter. The program will be presented in the Children’s Room of the Library on Tuesday evening, August 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Porter’s May 20th appearance at the Library for “Treasure Island” was a standing-room-only event, where even the standing room was quite a squeeze. Both performances are being paid for with a grant from the Washington Redskins, with the cooperation of the Friends of the Library, to support and encourage summer reading.

Last year’s performance by Porter of “The Odyssey” was a remarkable tour de force which captivated teenagers and adults and well as younger children. Those with no prior knowledge of Homer’s great epic were enthralled by the adventure, whereas the more sophisticated among the audience were treated to a hilarious Monty Python-esque interpretation involving homey props from the toy box and the kitchen cabinet. Porter is repeating the performance this summer at the fervent request of the Children’s Librarian, who loved it and thinks it is an ideal program to span the age groups.

A veteran of the Washington theater scene, Porter teaches upper school drama at Stone Ridge School in Bethesda. He has appeared in theater productions at Arena Stage, the Source, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Lumina Theatre Group. He has toured nationally with the Kennedy Center’s Programs for Youth and Families. Porter lives in greater Takoma Park and is a Takoma Park Library patron.

Please join us for this special treat. Preregister at the Desk or by calling 301-891-7259.

Posted by at 04:52 PM

Treasure Tent

Twilight Treasure Tent with Tina Hudak
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening , 7 pm
August 2, 3, 4, 5

Tina Hudak, aka Scheherazad, will be reading aloud to kids 6-9 and their families each evening for a week, Discover secret treasures from the collection as Ms. Hudak, a children’s librarian and media specialist (formerly with the Takoma Park Maryland Library and now at St. Bernadette’s) shares small literary gems each night. A treasure chest will be opened at the conclusion of each evening with small mementoes to take home. Each evening will feature different stories. Come be a part of the slow-down movement creeping across the nation.

Posted by at 04:39 PM


“When laughter comes from within, the body will smile.”

This is the quotation that graces the cover of Adrianna Ross’s storyteller’s brochure, detailing the workshops and programs that she has developed from her rich and varied experiences in traveling around the world.

Arianna Ross has trained in theatre, dance, voice, and photograph in the United States. Her international experience includes story-gathering in countries as diverse as Egypt, Ireland , Indonesia, and Spain. She has spent three years studying acrobatics, music, martial arts, and performing with Bansi Kaul’s troupe Rang Vidushak all over India. She was featured this past year on National Public Radio. She is deeply concerned for nurturing the bonds that connect us all in her storytelling.

Her programs allow for active participation from the audience and are suitable for the whole family. Please join us. Call 301-891-7259 to pre-register.

And thanks, as always, to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for supporting these family programs.

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