Upcoming Events, Spring 2018

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Favorite Poem Evening: The 21st annual Favorite Poem Evening will be held Tuesday, May 24th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Choose a favorite poem, one that has been published, and join us for an evening of readings. While everyone is welcome to drop in, to be included in the printed program, send the title of your chosen poem and author to Ellen Robbins, (ellenr@takomaparkmd.gov). You can also just show up, and bring friends and neighbors! Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Sponsored by the Takoma Park Maryland Library and FTPML.

Great Big Book Club: The next meeting of the Great Big Book Club will be Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center. The book for this spring is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. On March 13, the book’s translator, Tiina Nunnally spoke to the group, and the group has met twice subsequently to discuss the book. The Big Book Club is facilitated by Phil Schewe, pschewe@umd.edu.

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. The library is now accepting donations. Bring your donations to the library. If you have a large quantity (more than a box) please call the library first

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 Morales, 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.