December 29, 2016

January 01-02 and 15-16 Closed

We will be closed two days for the New Year, two for Martin Luther King.

This would be a good time to have fun browsing about in the OED, Britannica, and our other world class (and fact-checked) resources.

wooden box

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December 21, 2016

December 23-24-25-26 Closed

candleWe are open on the 31st.

And of course all our digital resources remain available 24/7.

| Dec 23, 24, 25, 26 closed |
| Dec 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 open |
| Jan 1st and 2nd closed |

Other area libraries (when your book craving becomes overwhelming)
| Montgomery County open 23rd and 24th, closed 25th and 26th |
| DC open 23rd, closed 24th, 25th and 26th |
| PG County closed 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th (also closed 30th, 31st) |
All are closed on Jan 1 and 2.

Posted by library at 04:37 PM

December 17, 2016

Library Opening Delayed

Update: we opened at noon, but do not recommend driving yet. Lots of ice still about.

Due to treacherous weather conditions, the Library will NOT open at 10 a.m. today as usual. We hope to open later when conditions allow, and will update this blog by noon.

Posted by at 08:31 AM

December 14, 2016

Books of Hope

Here are Karen's recommendations as published in the Washington Post. The following links go directly into our catalog where you can leave your own comments if you wish.

If you click on the cover images inside the catalog you may be able to retrieve additional information including reviews and excerpts.

19 books to help children find hope and strength in stressful times:
Because Amelia Smiled, by David Ezra Stein
Can I Play Too?, by Mo Willems
Counting on Community, by Innosanto Nagara
If You Plant a Seed, by Kadir Nelson
Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
The Peace Book, by Todd Parr (replacement copy on order)
The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

for older readers:
A Is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara
Drum Dream Girl, by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy From Pakistan, by Jeanette Winter
Ruby Bridges Goes to School, by Ruby Bridges
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
The Storyteller’s Candle, by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Posted by library at 01:28 PM

December 12, 2016

Solstice Party - 12/15

equinoxDrum Circle 6:30, Morris Dancers 7:30. We're celebrating a bit early this year with our traditional drumming and dancers. All ages, no registration, everyone is welcome.

Thursday December 15th starting at 6:30.

Posted by library at 01:01 PM

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.

Posted by library at 09:43 AM

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."

Criminal justice facts
Black men represent 6.5% of the U.S. population but are comprise approx. 40% of the 2.5 million prison inmates
Atlantic interview with DuVernay

Posted by library at 07:09 PM
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