January 27, 2016
Selma and The Freedom Rides
Are you signed up for Bernard LaFayette's packed-with-inside-information MOOC? Here are the topics for the first week.
We will meet Sunday the 31st at 12:30 to discuss them. Well, some of them (we only have an hour).
Movements, Campaigns, & MarchesPhases of the Civil Rights Movement; Nashville Campaign; Selma to Montgomery March (1965)
The Freedom RidesFreedom Rides; Recruiting for the Freedom Rides; Freedom Ride Strategy
LeadershipLeadership in the Civil Rights Movement: Interview with Andrew Young; Marching: Interview with Reginald Moore & Sam Walker
January 26, 2016
Picture book creator Ryan Higgins is coming to the library
Wed 01/27, 7pm.
Kirkus Review calls Mother Bruce "Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny."
January 22, 2016
Update (Thursday the 28th): Open today at 11:30. Normally we open at 10 on Thurs. but the City has a delayed opening.
Update (Wednesday the 27th): Open today at noon. At last! We were closed 5 days. No fines will be charged for that interval.
Update (Tuesday the 26th): Closed today. We expect to be open tomorrow, the 27th. We have canceled the morning baby program, but not the author visit Wednesday evening.
We are closed now (Friday the 22nd) and will remain closed through Sunday.
Monday? Check first. Current information.
A number of people added a library stop to their emergency grocery trips. We hope you picked up enough books. (If you have batteries or a crank light you can read even if the power goes out.)
January 19, 2016
From Freedom Rides to Ferguson
New MOOC! Jan 31st - Feb 28th we will gather on Sundays to discuss the online course directed by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., a veteran leader of the civil rights struggles of the 60s.
From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement will be hosted by Emory University where Dr. LaFayette is now a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology.
You need to first get a Coursera account (free) if you don't already have one, and then sign up for the class.
If you plan to come on some of the Sundays for coffee and talk, please let us know.
January 11, 2016
Diggers and Doughboys
WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film University of Leeds
Week 2: Changing faces of heroism
The short videos this week look at ways in which Germany has been re-interpreting and re-imagining their WWI heroes.
The films considered are:
Der rote Baron (2008) (gives Manfred von Richthofen a Jewish buddy)
Joyeux Noël (2005) (Jewish buddies and opera singers)
Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) Not so jolly.
The assignment this week:
Post your own short, informal review of a current book or film about WWI. (Short means short - max 250 words.) We included a booklist in our post last week.
Then a final exam. Optional.
January 08, 2016
ps — Don't miss the wonderful things they have done with menus.
January 07, 2016
Library Renovation Meeting 01/07
This is a reminder that the second meeting on Library renovation and possible expansion will take place this evening - Thursday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Azalea Room. Greg Lukmire of The Lukmire Partnership will present the most recent concept design, which incorporates recommendations of the City Council, and Library and other City staff, as well as public comment.
Drawings of the concept design and some elevation exterior drawings are on display in the Library. The concept drawing also appears on the City Web site (in the 'project directory' under 'initiatives.')
All are invited to attend this discussion ! Be a Friend and show your support for Library renovation!
January 06, 2016
Flying Aces and Devil Dogs
WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film University of Leeds
Week 1: WW1 heroism: portrayed through art
Did you sign up for this MOOC? It just started Monday and lasts only two weeks. You need a free FutureLearn account. Then you can sign up for this particular class. (FutureLearn will also offer a short, 2 week MOOC on influenza beginning January 18.)
We won't hold Sunday sessions for the WW1 Heroism MOOC in January, though we might do so later during one of the repeats.
This week's portion has two parts.
part 1 - Tracking changes in sentiment through poster design. Short videos and then you are launched right out into your own analysis.
University of Leeds Collection
WW1 Propaganda Posters
The Imperial War Museum
The Library of Congress Collection
The assignment: choose a poster, pin it on the course board with a few comments.
Reminder: you are auditing. You do not have to do these assignments. You can just watch the videos and stroll through images.
part 2 - Paintings. Again, short lectures then you are off to tag and comment.
These are the sites they suggest, though you can find many others
GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE: FIRST WORLD WAR COLLECTION
ARCHIVES NEW ZEALAND: NATIONAL COLLECTION OF WAR ART
THE BRITISH LIBRARY: WHY PAINT WAR? BRITISH AND BELGIAN ARTISTS IN WORLD WAR 1
NATIONAL WW1 MUSEUM, KANSAS CITY: WAR ART
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM: COLLECTIONS SEARCH
You can discover other sources online, even within online forums.
The assignment: get a free BBC account then curate and annotate a small collection of WWI paintings at their Your Paintings site.
If you are doing the assignments, for the second week you will have an opportunity to write a review of a recent book, film, or TV show about the First World War. Has our concept of heroism changed?
Here is a selection of recent books in our library. If you have read any of them please go into our catalog to tag and comment.
Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania (we also have this on CD)
Terrorist : Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who ignited World War I (J book)
We that are left (fiction)
Wounded : a new history of the Western Front in World War I
Wake : a novel (fiction)
Silence for the dead (fiction)
The trigger : hunting the assassin who brought the world to war
The great and holy war : how World War I became a religious crusade
Stay where you are & then leave (J book)
Stubby the war dog : the true story of World War I's bravest dog (J book)
Enduring courage : ace pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the dawn of the age of speed
Other choices? Search our catalog for the subject: World War, 1914-1918. We have 171 books with that tracing.
We don't have films or television shows in our library. But you know how to find them.
The Return of Captain John Emmett (Elizabeth Speller)
An Unwilling Accomplice (Charles Todd)
Cold Comfort (Charles Todd)
The Accrington Pals (Peter Whelan)
Care and Management of Lies (Jacqueline Winspear)
My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You (Louisa Young)
The Heroes’ Welcome (Louisa Young)
The Great War Diaries (BBC)
A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
War Horse (Steven Spielberg)
My Boy Jack (Brian Kirk)
For television shows the instructors suggest the following BBC shows (remember this course is coming to you from the University of Leeds)
The Passing Bells
The First World War
Blackadder Goes Forth
All the King’s Men
Downton Abbey Series 2
The Crimson Field
December 31, 2015
WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film and Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy are very, very short MOOCs that begin in January. Both will be offered through Futurelearn, a (mostly) UK online course platform.
If you are interested, you need to get an account (free) from Futurelearn, and then enroll in the course that interests you.
We probably won't offer any Sunday discussion groups for these classes, but they might be a good way for you to first experience MOOCs. Remember you will just be auditing, you can abandon the project at any point.
New to this? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Thousands of students participate in each class. Here is a general guide to exploring via MOOCs (which we haven't read, we just plunge in). Class Central offers a very nice catalog of upcoming MOOCs from many sources. Click on the "subjects" tab.
WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film, University of Leeds, begins the 4th of January and lasts for just two weeks. It will be offered again beginning 1 Feb, 7 Mar, 4 Apr, and 2 May. Estimated time required is about 2 hours per week. Only 4 hours total! The teacher is Alison Fell, a professor of French cultural history, whose research focuses on French and British women and WW1.
Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy, University of Glascow, begins on Burns Night, January 25, and lasts 3 weeks, with about 4 hrs/wk estimated to complete the coursework. 12 hours total. This class will be taught by Professor Gerard Carruthers FRSE, Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.
Perhaps you would prefer "Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology". You can even learn animation techniques through the National Film and Television School.
Hundreds of courses are opening within the next few weeks on all the platforms. Check out the lists at edX and Coursersa. You can study the "Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe" as well as "Jane Eyre" at edX this month. At Coursera do not miss Learning How to Learn, beginning again Jan 1. It is one of the very best MOOCs we have done here at the library.
For those of you who love science, Dino 101 will repeat beginning January 4. (From Dino Central - The University of Alberta.) It will last all spring. 12 weeks of wonderfully great fun.
December 29, 2015
News from the Director
Public Meeting on Library renovation and possible expansion, Thursday January 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Azalea Room. All are invited to join us for this presentation by architect Greg Lukmire, and the following discussion.
WinterQuest: Join us for our annual winter break reading program, with art and story by Dave Burbank. Runs throughout January at the Library. Stop in and register, and pick up your game board. Brought to you by the Friends of the Library.
LEGO Club, Sunday January 10, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Library. Fun with LEGO with Ms. Kati.
Bedtime Stories and a Craft, Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Stories and songs for little ones with Ms. Kati.
Nepal Earthquake and Aftermath, Thursday January 14, 7:30, featuring Takoma Park resident Larry Silverman.
Friends Fortnightly Book Club, Wednesday January 20, 7:30, Hydrangea Room. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Friends Big Book Club will discuss Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy beginning in April 2016. Check at the Library for future discussion dates.