Spring for Poetry has Sprung

The new Spring for Poetry Posters are up around town.

Here are the locations of this year’s posters. You can also see a slide show with a selection of the posters below:

Eytan Eytan
The Wind Grinds
4328 Carroll, Front of Historic Takoma

Robert Frost
Neither Out Far, Nor in Deep & Nothing Gold Can Stay
Carroll at Spring Mill Bakery

Lisa Suhair Maja
Primal Touch

John Clare
I Am
7210 Carroll, Purple House

Moshe Dor
Expelled & A Little Is Enough
Carroll & Park, Corner

Fady Joudah and Ruth White
Mimesis & A Spider on
Corner Capital City Cheesecake, Carroll Ave

Marilyn Nelson & Wendell Berry
Dusting & Dust
Fair Day’s Play, 7048 Carroll

Lisel Mueller
When I Am Asked
Roscoe’s Restaurant, 7040 Carroll

Navajo Chant
Song of the Sun and Moon
Carroll at Bandstand

Federico Garcia Lorca, trans. Donald Hall
Six Strings
Carroll at Bandstand

Rachel Korn, trans.
A Pretty Dress &
Carroll at Bandstand

Abd Allah ibn al-Simak, trans. form Arabic
The Garden
Middle Eastern Market, 7006 Carroll

Emily Dickinson
Wild Night & This Is My Letter to the World
Scissors and Comb, 7009 Carroll

Richard Howard
from Oystering
near REPUBLIC, 6937 Laurel

E. Ethelbert Miller
If God Invented Baseball
Front of Polly Sue’s, 6909 Laurel

Maya Angelou
Under old Town Clock

Alice Notley
The Goddess Who Created This Passing World
Near Takoma Beverage

Joe Salerno
No Wife, No Kids, No Work
Post Office — 6909 Laurel

Marta Kornblith
The Books of the Dead
TP Community Center

Karla Báez
I Seek Women
City Library

Claude McKay
Harlem Shadows
City Library

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



Spring 2018 Newsletter is Out

The Spring 2018 Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library newsletter is hot off the press. In this issue, there are stories about the upcoming FTPML annual meeting (March 27); Spring for Poetry; our little free libraries; the library’s children’s programs; the Big Book Club and more. Snag your copy here, or pick up a copy in the library.

Spring for Poetry in Takoma Park 2018

If winter comes, can spring be far behind, wrote the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The succession of flowers will soon be springing up throughout the city and in April, along Carroll Avenue from the Junction to Old Town, new poetry posters will have seemingly sprung anew as they have over the last eleven years.

In 2007, the Friends began collaboration with the Montgomery College School of Art and Design in which second-year graphic arts students design poetry posters of poems that a small committee selects. Friends board members Merrill Leffler and Michele Morgan have been presenting the program to students each year and giving them critical feedback on their initial designs. Many of those designs are stunning -there are more than 200 posters, most of which can be seen on our Spring for Poetry archive page.

Conceived by Leffler, Morgan, and Ann Slayton, the Friends have the posters professionally laminated, then frame and mount them on specially installed polls, assisted by the city’s Public Works department.

This year’s selection of poems range from “The Garden” by a 13th century Arabic poet, Abd Allah ibn al-Simak, to poems translated from the Spanish of Gederico Garcia Lorca and Daisy Zamora, from the Hebrew of Moshe Dor, and from the Welsh of Anthony Raftery, as well as poems by such American/U.S. poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Marilyn Nelson, and two poets who live in the metro area, E. Ethelbert Miller and Terence Winch.

Keep an eye out later this spring for this year’s poem’s.

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.