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Binti

Strong Black Female Leads

  "The man may be the head but the women is the neck."- Maria Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Sanditon by Jane Austen

Begins January 12 on WETA-26

Charlotte Heyward, the eldest daughter of a large family, is invited to visit a seaside resort named Sanditon. It's an exciting adventure for Charlotte as she travels away from home for the first time. Her hosts, the Parkers, are residents of the town. Mr. Parker has an  interest in commercial investment opportunities.

American Nations

Doomed to Repeat It

History You Won't Forget

There are some books that change our lives and we always remember the first time we read them. History books are not usually in that category, but the stories we tell about ourselves and others can dramatically reshape the way we see the world. This can be because the facts in the books are ones we were never presented with before. Or histories can rock our sense of reality because they highlight a narrative or pattern we never saw before. They may help us make new sense of the confusing present. This is a list of histories that did that for me and I hope will for you, too.

Historian and Lecturer, C.R Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture on African-American History and Culture

Ancient African Empires

The first presentation in our Spring African American History and Culture Lecture Series. Award-winning historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation entitled, "Ancient African Empires." Join us for this thought-provoking lecture. For more information, call (202) 576-7252. A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation.  

Historian C.R. Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture on African-American History and Culture

Come Out Fighting: How the Real Black Panthers and Other African Americans Fought the Axis and Helped Win World War II

The second presentation in our Spring African-American History Lecture Series, award-winning historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation entitled, "Come Out Fighting: How the Real Black Panthers and Other African Americans Fought the Axis and Helped Win World War II.” A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation.

Bernardine Watson and Abasi Johnson performing

More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble

A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word featuring Writer and Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson

Join us for a celebration of music, dance and the spoken word. More Than a Drum Percussion will perform at the Takoma Park Library. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252.  This Summer Challenge 2018 event is sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library.

Spring Book Sale

Takoma Park Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Join the Takoma Park Friends of the Library on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for their Spring Book Sale. An assortment of books will be available—cookbooks, science fiction, graphic novels, DVDs, audiobooks, and much more. Most books will be just $1. The book sale will be held on the front lawn of the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If it rains, the sale will take place on Saturday, May 12. Proceeds support library programming.

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Mysteries from the Land of the Rising Sun

Japanese Crime Novels

As a lover of mysteries, I’m always looking for a new novel full of twists and thrills. This often leads me to reading examples of the genre from all over the world. I read everything from cozy British mysteries with quirky leading characters (Miss Marple!) to gritty psychological thrillers from Scandinavian authors like Jo Nesbo. One of my new favorite places to travel to in a good mystery is Japan. Here is a selection of suspenseful reads from best selling Japanese authors.

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“What If?”

Novels About Choice, Chance, and Parallel Lives

We often ask ourselves what the outcome of our lives would be if fate dealt us another hand or we made a different choice when faced with divergent paths. The novels below allow the readers to explore that eternal question “what if?” What if one small decision changes a person’s life in drastic ways? What if an individual could make a different choice?  

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