The Takoma Park Library had three great programs this week as part of the Big Read. On Monday, Coolidge High School juniors acted out scenes from the book, A Lesson Before Dying. I picked the scenes beforehand and spoke to the students about acting them out. Their English teacher then took over and coached them to complete the project as part of their semester grade.
There's a lot of great young adult (YA) literature out there, but anyone who reads YA novels knows that, for the most part, they're pretty heavy. Most YA novels include at least one of the following elements: a teen's parent is dead, or not around, and she's depressed, or dying, or her brother is, or her best friend just died, and/or tried to commit suicide, and she's also starving herself and just witnessed a school shooting.
It's hard for us to believe it, but it's been one year since the Takoma Park branch reopened with a beautiful new look! We've gotten a great response from patrons who love the renovation, and we're busier than ever. Come celebrate our one year anniversary with us on Tuesday, March 9 from 5-7 pm. The first 25 adult and youth patrons to arrive will receive free library bags with giveaways. Listen to a reading of Library Mouse and then make your own easy paper book.
As February ends, we're reflecting on books, movies and music we love at Takoma Park. Our staff share here some of their favorites to see if they inspire you to check out something new or remind you of an old "love."
Young Adult Librarian, Heather Petsche, recommends:
Join us Saturday, February 20 for a lecture by noted author, scholar, and historian C. R. Gibbs. He will be discussing the topic "Great Black Women" as part of the DC Public Library's Black History Month Lecture Series.
The Takoma Park Branch will have a tax preparer on site from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning February 2 and running through April 13. Assistance is available for seniors and low/middle income individuals. Bring a copy of last year's tax return, all pertinent forms and a picture ID.
Join us and special guest presenter, William Smith, MS, for a program on meditation.Everyone is welcome. Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m.In this busy, fast-paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity. William Smith’s workshop focuses on understanding our own selves and starting the new year with meditation. Mr. Smith will offer a practical technique of meditation that can positively impact your life. Through first hand demonstrations of this simple, yet highly effective method, you will discover the key to deeper concentration and inner peace.
We have two excellent teen workers who joined our branch in November. They are part of the Teens of Distinction program, which employs exceptional teens throughout our library system. Anika Rice and Miranta Clark are both seniors at local high schools. These two come to work at the library eager to do any tasks we put to them!