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Takoma Reads

'Monsieur Pain'

We, the staff of the Takoma Park Library, decided to read a book together and then podcast about it. For this episode, we read Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño.

Lila

Adult Book Club

"Lila" by Marilynne Robinson

Join our Adult Book Club. We have a lively group discussion for an hour and read mostly literary fiction titles. Members vote on the next book to read each month.

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Takoma Reads

The Wife of Martin Guerre

We, the staff of the Takoma Park Library, decided to read a book together and then podcast about it. For this episode, we read The Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis.

The Killers

Book-to-Film

'The Killers'

Our next story/film will be Ernest Hemingway's The Killers. This story can be found in many short story anthologies. It is emblematic of Hemingway's spare style and emphasis on dialogue. Ask the librarian for a copy of the story -- it'll take you five minutes to read, but perhaps longer to figure out.

The Children Act

Adult Book Club

'The Children Act'

London High Court Judge Fiona Maye presides over a sensitive case involving a family of Jehovah's Witnesses who won't allow their seventeen-year-old son to get a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, Fiona's husband, Jack, has just left home, and she begins to feel the pressures of both resolving the case and saving her crumbling marriage. Join our Adult Book Club Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. We have a lively group discussion for an hour and read mostly literary fiction titles.

Fahrenheit 451

Book to Film Club

'Fahrenheit 451'

Fahrenheit 451 -- the temperature at which paper burns. In a dystopian future, the state employs men to burn books contrary to the party line. But what happens when one of the men hired to burn the books starts reading them? The novel is widely acknowledged to be one of Ray Bradbury's best. Come in to the library and pick up a copy. The film features brilliant direction from Francois Truffaut and inspired acting from Oskar Werner.  As always, there will be popcorn. Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The Big Sleep

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Same Place, Different Crime

This book list compares crime stories that unfold in the same place, but at different times: The first comparison highlights a modern take on a classic in Los Angeles; the second, a progression from the '60s through the '80s in South Florida; and the third, crime sprees across the South-Southwest during the Depression and the late '80s.

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Adult Book Club

'The Known World'

Join our Adult Book Club. We have a lively group discussion for an hour and read mostly literary fiction titles. Members vote on the next book to read each month. Our next book will be The Known World by Edward P. Jones.    For more information, call the Takoma Park Library, 202-576-7764.

Library Associate/Artist Janelle Ortiz

Takoma Park's Own Artist!

Janelle Ortiz

DC Public Library staff have all kinds of talents and passions and expertise, and sometimes those extracurricular skills intersect with their jobs at the library in a big way. 

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Family Craft-ernoon

Create your own Summer Reading Super Hero!

Have you heard about Summer Reading yet? If not, then join us for a Summer Reading themed craft-ernoon! This year we have a Super Hero theme: Every Hero Has A Story. For Saturday's craft we will create our own superheroes and get signed up for Summer Reading. Already signed up? Great! We would love for you to create your own superhero as well, and claim prizes for your reading if you haven't already! Halfway completion prizes include placemats and books, and final prizes include books, Chipotle coupons and Nationals tickets!

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