"The Borscht Belt" refers to the resort hotels of New York's Catskill Mountains, which acted as an incubator to many of America's best-known comics and entertainers through much of the 20th century. Most of these resorts closed down in the 1980s or '90's, so they are virtually "gone with the wind," but they left a huge influence on American culture.
November is National Novel Writing Month and we’ll be hosting three “write-ins” at our branch. Come on in to write, get together with fellow writers, and use all the library resources you need to write your masterpiece! (There will also be refreshments.)Our write-ins will take place on November 16, 23 and 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Biloxi Blues is a movie based on Neil Simon's play of the same name, a semi-autobiographical story of Army boot camp recruits during World War II. The play is part two of Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy, which also includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. The role of Eugene was played by Matthew Broderick on Broadway, and Broderick also stars in the movie version, which was directed by Mike Nichols.
Egypt looms large in the news this month, with former President Hosni Mubarak on trial and important Egyptian presidential elections coming this October or November, so the Chevy Chase Branch Library is featuring a display to help you get to know Egypt's capital city better. Come by during the month of August to learn a little more about the sprawling metropolis of Cairo. View a video preview of the display.