Upcoming Events, Spring 2018

Big Book Club: The initial lecture and reception for the Big Book Club will be held in the Library on Tuesday March 13, at 7:30 p.m. The book is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, and the guest speaker will be the book’s translator, Tiina Nunnally. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The Big Book Club is facilitated by Phil Schewe, pschewe@umd.edu.

Annual Meeting: The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 PM at the library. This year’s speaker will be Lisa Page, author of We Wear the Mask. Members will elect the board. Join  the Friends and vote for the board!

Favorite Poem Evening: The Favorite Poem Evening will be held April 24th in the Library.

Next Book Sale:  The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library Spring Book sale will be May 12 from 10 to 3 on the Library Lawn.

Fannie Lou Hamer Film and Discussion

It was a full house on February 1 in the city council auditorium as the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library and the City of Takoma Park hosted a film screening of Robin Hamilton’s “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer.” The film screening was followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and José Moreles, Community Engagement and Projects Director for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The discussion was moderated by Andrew Penn.

We learned of the struggle and violence experienced by Ms. Hamer as she fought for voting rights for African Americans in Mississippi in the 1960s. In the discussion following the film, we were reminded that the struggle for voting rights continues, and how so many forces conspire to keep people from voting to this day.

Where can you learn more?

Head on over to the website of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to find out how you can get involved.

Learn more about the film at fannielou.com, and you can find information about the filmmaker Robin Hamilton on the website of ARound Robin Production Company.

Film Screening: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

On Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 PM, the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will co-host with the City of Takoma Park a film by Robin Hamilton, “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer.” The screening will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue.

Fannie Lou Hamer was a middle-aged sharecropper living in poverty in Mississippi before she rose up to become a pivotal civil rights activist of the 1960s. She helped organize the 1964 Freedom Summer African American voter registration drive, working with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. She also helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged the state’s all-white delegation to the 1964 Democratic convention.

Robin Hamilton is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, who highlights Hamer’s neglected story in the film. After the film, Hamilton will discuss Hamer’s life and the ongoing fight for civil rights with José Morales, the community engagement and projects director for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which works to end gerrymandering across the country. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library and the city of Takoma Park’s “We Are Takoma” cultural series.

Spring for Poetry 2017

For the eleventh successive year the Friends of the TP Library will have new posters of poems at numerous locations around Takoma Park. The posters were created by graphic design students at Montgomery College. The project was originated and is adminstered by Merrill Leffler and begins in April for National Poetry Month and continues through Takoma Park’s Street Festival in October.

For links to the 2017 poems and to all of our poems from the past, go to our Spring for Poetry page.

Library Renovation Is a Step Closer

It has just been announced that Takoma Park’s Bond Bill request for $150,000 for Library renovation has been approved!

Many thanks to Friends of the Library Board President Tim Rahn, who raced to the Library on a rainy night to testify before the State Legislature representatives in support of this Bill. Tim earned his retirement from being president!

Thanks also to Ward 1 Council Member Peter Kovar who testified in support of the Bond bill in Annapolis, and was instrumental in securing it’s approval.

We are on our way !