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May 11, 2015

Spring Book Day 2015

Spring Book Day 2015

Just set aside next Saturday for all thing book.

1. First stop here on the library lawn. The Friends' will sell donated books Saturday May 16th, 10-3. Thanks to the community we have some great books for sale. And the purchases help support our library programs.

But no more books, please. We have no room left. We're stuffed. librarians are vaulting over book boxes.

2. Next stop on Saturday? The Gaithersburg Book Festival in downtown Gaithersburg from 10 until 6. Many of our favorite authors will be there.

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May 05, 2015

Dave Barry In TkPk

Dave Barry's new bookAuthor/humorist Dave Barry will premiere his laugh-out-loud new kid's book, The Worst Class Trip Ever, Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium. Barry, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated humor column, also has written a number of books for adults and kids, including the popular Peter and the Starcatcher series, co-authored with Ridley Pearson. In his newest book, Barry tells the story of several eighth graders who travel from Florida to Washington, D.C. on a school trip and find themselves both in trouble with their teachers and in danger from some mysterious men who just may be targeting the President. Publishers Weekly called the book "hilarious," adding: "Pulitzer-winner Barry has the comic sensibility of a middle school class clown. Expect to have lots of trouble keeping this one on the shelf." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Barry's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.

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April 21, 2015

Favorite Poem Evening 2015

THE NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS MONDAY APRIL 27TH.

The Favorite Poem Evening, sponsored jointly by the Takoma Park Maryland Library and the Friends of the Library, is now in its 15th year. Last year’s event drew a record number of readers and poetry enthusiasts. This year’s celebration of poems will be held in the Library on Tuesday April 28rd., at 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Takoma Park Poet Laureate Merrill Leffler.

If you would like to participate, choose a poem you have read and admired by a published poet other than you or your friends. Poems written in languages other than English are welcome, if they are accompanied by an English translation. There are plenty of ideas for possible choices in the Library’s poetry collections.

Send the name and author of the poem you have chosen and your own name and generic occupation for inclusion in a printed program to Ellen Robbins at the Takoma Park Maryland Library,

Originally conceived as a national event by poet laureate Robert Pinsky, the Favorite Poem Evening in Takoma Park has been a lovely, warm and community building event for the past dozen years. All ages are welcome. Please attend and bring your friends and neighbors! Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

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April 14, 2015

Our "Golden Age"

Sam Abbott illustrationCelebrate Takoma Park's activist heritage tonight, next door, in what is officially the Sam Abbott Citizens' Center. 7:30. Local heroes from the 60s through the 90s will recount how they stopped the North Central Freeway, defeated the "Mustard Sheet Plan", saved the Junior High, and started political and cultural traditions that remain important to the City: the Folk Festival, Unification, Sanctuary City. Songs of course — this is Takoma Park.

The program includes the dedication of a plaque honoring our paradigmatic activist, artist Sam Abbott. More details.

If you weren't participating in these exciting times, the struggle to preserve our community values isn't over. We are now trying to tame the proposed super-sized WMATA Development.

Sam Abbott photograph in The Voice

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