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Fall Book Sale

The Fall Friends of the Library used book sale will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 3 pm on the Library lawn. In case of rain, the sale will be held in the Takoma Park Community Center.

All proceeds from the Friends book sales are used to support Library services and programs – including Spanish Circle time, our Summer Quest summer reading program, books for ESL parents at the Books and Breakfast programs at Takoma Park Elementary School, reading incentives and refreshments for many Library programs, honorariums for speakers at our adult programs, lanyards for kids’ library Cards, and many other initiatives. This is a great time to become a member of the Friends, and lend your support to their efforts.

These sales continue to draw look lovers throughout the area. So come early for your choice of the best in children’s books, adult fiction and nonfiction in great condition – and at bargain prices.

The Library will accept book donations during open hours until October 16. Donations must be in very good condition, of general interest, and more than three boxes must be brought by prior arrangement.

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Race in American History

MOOC: Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History
Computer Room B
Sundays 9/17, 9/24/ 10/1, 10/8

Join us as we participate in this free online course taught by Professor James D. Anderson of the University of Illinois. Each week you will study the lectures and readings at your convenience, and then join us in conversation at 12:30 pm every Sunday for four weeks.

Please
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and sign up for our Sunday chats  (Yes, two sign-ups.)

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Alphabet Rockers

Alphabet Rockers Family Concert
Community Center Auditorium
Thursday, August 10, 7 pm
Ages 3 and up

Join us for a free special concert by the Alphabet Rockers in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium.  At their shows, high-energy duo Kaitlyn McGaw and Tommy Shepherd Jr. combine hip hop with social justice themes to create unforgettable music for young children and their grown-ups. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of the duo: “Alphabet Rockers tackle issues of race and diversity while inspiring a love of hip hop.” Normally based in San Francisco, the Alphabet Rockers are touring in the East for a couple of weeks in August, and we were lucky to book them in Takoma Park! No registration or tickets required for this free event.

Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

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How to Read a Novel

Sign up for this FutureLearn MOOC from the University of Edinburgh (it’s free) and join us on Sundays at 12:30 in Computer Room A.
7/30 Plot
8/06 Character
8/13 Dialogue
8/20 Settings
Snacks, coffee, and informal talk. You don’t need to attend all four get-togethers. You aren’t required to read any books! Just chat about books you have read, or intended to read, or swore never to read.
More information: tinyurl.com/tpnovel or contact pattim at takomaparkmd.gov

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Democracy Café

Join us on Friday evening, June 9, at 7:30 for a special program. Chris Phillips returns with a new topic “Democracy Café: A System Unrigged – exploring how to resuscitate and evolve our constitutional republic in ways that make it more genuinely inclusive, open and vibrant.”

Several years ago Dr. Phillips facilitated several Socrates Café workshops here, which were enthusiastically praised by all those who attended, adults, teenagers, and older school-age children.

The purpose of the interactive discussion is to help everyone learn how to “make the most of their mortal moment, and achieve what the Greeks of old called arête, all-around excellence” – to learn how to ask the crucial questions about how one should live.

Dr. Phillips was a 2014/15 Network Fellow at Harvard University‘s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award, and is a recent Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center.

He travels around the world holding dialogues with people – now it’s your turn.

We will close the library at 6 pm as usual, then reopen at 7 pm for this do-not-miss program.

Links:
Socrates Cafe
The Declaration Project

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