Takoma Park Maryland Library · 101 Philadelphia Avenue · Takoma Park Maryland 20912 USA · 301.891.7259

January 26, 2015

Bessie's Birthday

We have very little snow. We plan to open today at noon as usual.

January 26th is Bessie Coleman's birthday.

The next time you are in the children's room look for these:

Fly, Bessie, fly written by Lynn Joseph, illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan
Fly high! : the story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger, illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Nobody owns the sky : the story of "Brave Bessie"Coleman by Reeve Lindbergh, illustrated by Pamela Paparone
Talkin' about Bessie : the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis


Posted by library at 10:18 AM   VIEW FULL POST

January 25, 2015

Graphic Novels Program Canceled

The graphic novels workshop scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. has been canceled. We are expecting snow.

Posted by library at 02:09 PM   VIEW FULL POST

January 06, 2015

Epiphany Snow

Snow in Takoma Park

The library and computer rooms are closed. All scheduled programs are canceled.

Posted by library at 12:51 PM   VIEW FULL POST

January 02, 2015

Auld Lang Syne

The Library of Congress wished everyone Happy New Year with a Takoma Park photo, the garden of the house named "Auld Lang Syne."   Some lovely music? Here.

Frances Benjamin Johnson

Pierre Perrolle's note on this house

'Itís 7315 Piney Branch, which we usually call the "Dorsey House", which was on the H&G Tour about three years ago. Itís first owner was J Owens Dorsey ... and I believe thatís his daughter, Virginia Lightfoot. The house was designed by Leon Dessez, who also did the Cady-Lee and the Naval Observatory/Admiralty House (VPís residence). If my memory serves me correctly, there is a plaque on the front door that reads "Auld Lang Syne." '

Posted by library at 10:53 AM   VIEW FULL POST

January 01, 2015

Learning How to Learn

Our first winter MOOC, UCSD's Learning How to Learn, begins January 2nd at noon and lasts four weeks. Sign up. It's free. Use your existing Coursera account if you have one. Get one if you don't.

Topic for the first week: focused versus diffuse thinking

You don't need to register immediately. Our first get-together to discuss this new learning research will be Jan 11th in computer room B. So you have a week to think (diffusely) about it.

This course is taught by the amazing Barbara Oakley. We will soon have her newest book, A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), added to our library collection.

Posted by library at 12:49 PM   VIEW FULL POST

December 30, 2014

TP's Little Libraries

painting by Michelle BaileyLittle Free Libraries in Takoma Park

Thanks to Sterling for creating the map.

And thanks to all the little free librarians.

Posted by library at 07:53 PM   VIEW FULL POST

December 28, 2014

Winter MOOCs

Our upcoming MOOCs, selected by past participants, are (drumroll) ...

Learning How to Learn begins online January 2nd and our first discussion will be Sunday, January 11. Sign up at Coursera and register for the library discussions (so we know how much coffee to brew). 4 weeks.

The Language of Hollywood, Storytelling, Sound and Color begins online February 2 and our first discussion will be Sunday, February 8. 5 weeks. This is also a Coursera class. Register for the library discussions.

Since these courses do not overlap, all will be held at 12:30.

Genetics, neurobiology and circadian clocks also had fans. We will try to do some science soon.

Posted by library at 04:37 PM   VIEW FULL POST