Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

Takeout service available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Closed from 2 - 3 p.m.every day for sanitizing.

Obama Master Reading List 2008-2016

One thing I'm going to miss about President Obama: the man reads.  The busiest man in the world still makes time to read.  He is a role model for us all.  He reads good stuff too. So in honor of the Reader-in-Chief, I have compiled a master list of all the books that the president was reported to have read from 2008 until the present. Please let me know if I have missed any.    2016

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Funny Pop Culture Books

Beach season may be over, but the need for "beach reads" never goes away.  For me, a beach read is rarely a novel. My ideal relaxation book is usually light, funny, non-fiction and usually about some aspect of pop culture.  (I realize that this a very specific genre.)  I've picked some of my favorites below.  If you aren't in the mood for fiction the next time you go on vacation give one of these a try!

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Herman Melville in Fiction

It happens more than you think....

Fans of Herman Melville are an interesting group.  To quote playwright Tony Kushner, ''One falls in love with him, and I certainly have, completely, as most of the other Melville freaks have".  Fans include Maurice Sendak, Moby, and the current President of the United States of America.

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Rebel Readers

Uncensored books for the uncensored mind

Explicit language, homosexuality, politics, violence. Just a few reasons why certain books are deemed unsuitable for society by the "conservative" reader. Imagine what our world be like if we did not have those who dared to push the envelope? As Banned Books Week approaches, let us take some time out of our busy day to honor those authors who not only crossed the line, but erased it. But let's not limit that acknowledgement to authors in the United States. Let's cross our borders and look at writers around the world who shook things up in their homeland. Enjoy! 

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Crime and Punishment Lecture Series

The Chevy Chase DC Library will begin its yearly lecture/discussion series on September 20, 2016.  The theme for the 2016-2017 series will be "Crime and Punishment."  In this series, we will be reading 10 works of fiction from different eras and genres that explore humankind's struggle for systems of justice that work for all. Every meeting features a lecture from a guest professor from a local college, followed by a discussion of the work.  The guest lecturers appear courtesy of the Friends of the Chevy Chase Library.

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Chevy Chase Library Book Club

'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel

The September selection for the Chevy Chase Library's Book Club is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven takes place in a post-pandemic America, where a troupe of actors and musicians travel the country to perform for the survivors.   We will meet on Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m., upstairs in the meeting room.

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ICEBERGS -- Upper Elementary (4th-8th Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

In partnership with National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.  

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ICEBERGS -- Early Elementary (PS-3rd Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

In partnership with the National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.  

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Introduction to Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that just needs a monitor, SD card and keyboard to operate. It is very inexpensive (the most expensive model is $35).   Learn the basics about how to buy, set up and operate this fun, unique computer at our workshop on July 19 at 7 pm.     

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Digital Estate Planning

Have you ever thought about your digital afterlife? Learn what happens to your digital photos, files, and accounts after death, and how you can create and protect the priceless memories on your computer, phone, social media accounts, and email. The class will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. Please bring devices or examples of digital assets you'd like to pass on.

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