Published on: Sunday, March 3, 2019 News

Mondello to speak at FTPML annual meeting


Bob Mondello, NPR senior arts critic, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Takoma Park Maryland Library annual meeting on Monday evening, March 25 at the library.

He has been reviewing movies and covering the arts at NPR News for more than three decades. By his count, he watches at least 300 films annually and critiques the most interesting for All Things Considered, the network’s award-winning news program. He also was a theater critic for Washington City Paper for many years. Among his many other notable accomplishments: “American Stages,” an eight-part series on the regional theater movement that he conceived and co-produced at NPR.

Mondello grew up in Bethesda, attended Walt Whitman High School and went to the University of Maryland. He now lives in Takoma, DC with his husband, poet and teacher Carlos Schroder.

Everyone is welcome at the free event, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

There will be a brief FTPML membership meeting and board elections afterward. Seven seats on the Friends’ board of directors are up for election. Five are for two-year terms, and two are for one-year terms. Three incumbents are running for two-year terms: Anand Parikh, Claudine Schweber and Walter Mulbry. Mulbry also is running for reelection as treasurer.

Any FTPML members interested in running for the board should contact the FTPML nominating committee at Nominations also will be taken from the floor. Not a member? You can join by visiting the Friends’ website at

—Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library


This article appeared in the March 2019 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.