Upcoming Events

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Children’s Author Talk: Picture book creator Juana Medina will be talking about her new book, Sweet Shapes, Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the children’s room.

Petit Chansons/French Circle Time: Join Madame Marie for the library’s monthly program of French rhymes and songs, Saturday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. (for children).

Puppet Show: Beech Tree Puppets presents the Apple Tree puppet show, Saturday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. (Sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library)

Favorite Poem Evening

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.
William Carlos Williams

Since 1996, the Friends and the City Library have been sponsoring an annual reading of favorite poems by city residents and others in the area. Originally a joint project with the Washington Adventist University English Department, the yearly gathering is modeled on the Favorite Poem Project undertaken by Robert Pinsky, then Poet Laureate of the United States. “Poetry is not a luxury,” wrote Audre Lorde, “but a vital necessity of our existence.” With this in mind, readers gather in the library each April, each in turn reading a poem that has special meaning for them.

This year’s reading will be on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30. While everyone is welcome to drop-in, you can send the title of the poem you will read to library director, Ellen Robbins so that it can be included in the evening’s program: ellenr@takomaparkmd.gov