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One Plus One

Adult Book Club

One Plus One

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess's life in a nutshell-until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess's knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages. maybe ever.

Black Orpheus

Book-to-Film Club

'Black Orpheus'

Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions, kills himself to be with her. It’s the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time. Winner of the 1959 Academy Award for best foreign language film.  Pick up a copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses at the library – we will be reading the 10 or so pages dedicated to the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. As always, there will be popcorn.

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Celebrating Legends of Latin Jazz

Featured Artist: The Joe Falero Latin Quartet

Takoma Park Library - Sunday, Sept. 20, 2:30 pm.  The Joe Falero Latin Quartet will perform live music such as:  Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Cumbia and Bolero. Bandleader Joe Falero is a veteran percussionist with the ability to blend different styles of Latin music. Come and learn the history of these rhythms and enjoy an afternoon of jazz!  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Library. For more information, call: 202-576-7764.

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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.


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


'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.