We are excited to announce that Bob Mondello, NPR senior arts critic, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Takoma Park Maryland Library annual meeting. All are welcome to come hear him on Monday evening, Mar. 25, 7:30pm at the library.

Bob has covered the arts for more than three decades at NPR. He says he watches at least 300 films annually. His critiques air on All Things Considered, the network’s award-winning news program. For many years, he also was a theater critic. He conceived and co-produced “American Stages,” an 8-part series on the regional theater movement.

He’s a home-grown talent. Bob grew up in Bethesda, attended Walt Whitman High School and University of Maryland, and now lives in Takoma D.C. with his husband, poet and teacher Carlos Schroder.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation. There also will be a brief FTPML membership meeting to elect the new board of directors. If you’re an FTPML member, please consider running. If you are not a member, you can join here on our website. (Even if you’re not interested in joining the board, your donation will support library and literacy programs).

The board meets monthly, holds three popular used-book sales a year, sponsors library programs, author events and book clubs, and plants Little Free Libraries.

Seven seats on the Friends’ board of directors are up for election. Five are for two-year terms and two are for one-year terms. Three incumbents are running for two-year terms: Anand Parikh, Claudine Schweber and Walter Mulbry, who also is running for treasurer. To get on the ballot, send an email with a brief bio to FTPMLnominatingcommittee@gmail.com. Nominations also will be taken from the floor.

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