Takoma Park Neighborhood Library celebrates its 100th birthday

The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library will celebrate its 100th birthday this November 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The program lineup includes poet, educator and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, a jazzy musical performance by a local Takoma Park guitar duo and remarks from the library‘s administration and city government. The Friends are also launching two contests: a teen essay contest — “If you were in charge, how would you run the library?” and an art contest for all ages. Winning art will be reproduced on note cards as part of a Friends of the Takoma Park Library fundraiser just in time for the holidays. And, of course, no birthday celebration is complete without refreshments — especially birthday cake!

During the weeks from November 10 to December 17, the Branch will have special programs for all age groups: from historical talks by author and historian Diana Kohn and architectural historian Pamela Scott to readings by children’s authors Carolivia Herron and Laura Krause Melmed, to name just a few. Please check out the calendar section of their webpage to see a full listing of events. We invite all of our neighbors, not just from Takoma Park but from across the city, to come enjoy and celebrate their library!

Get on the Bus: District of Columbia Library Excursion and Tour

The Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library and the DC Public Library Foundation are hosting a library excursion tour for supporters and potential supporters of DC’s Public Libraries. The event will be Saturday, October 22, 2011. The bus departs the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 10:00 am and visits five public libraries, ending up back at the main library at 2:00 p.m. The tour will highlight both newly constructed and renovated spaces as well as libraries that still require revitalization.

The two sponsoring organizations share parallel though distinct missions with regard to supporting the city’s libraries. Moreover, the two organizations are committed to strengthening their collaborative partnership. Consequently, fostering and enhancing this relationship is a key goal for both organizations and jointly hosting a tour of District libraries was deemed a meaningful way of paying homage to this mission. More profoundly, a library tour would provide both an opportunity to personally connect as well as enjoy a guided visit to the very entities that these organizations are responsible for supporting.

The intent of this initial Get on the Bus Tour is as follows:

  • To raise awareness and highlight the distinct history of District libraries in the various Wards and neighborhoods of the city.
  • To explain and affirm the pivotal role that libraries play in the educational, economic, cultural and social life of the District.
  • To promote prospective donor understanding and commitment to the value of investing in DC Public Library (DCPL) at a sustained and upgraded financial level.

Invitation to Special Preview of The Annual Citywide Fall Book Sale

The Honor of Your Presence is Requested by
The Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library
and Books Plus Bookstore at MLK

For A Special Preview of The Annual Citywide Fall Book Sale

Thursday, September 8, 2011
6:00-8:00 pm

The Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW

with music, complimentary libations and hors d’oeuvres

Remarks by special guest Council Member Tommy Wells
New Chair of the DC Council Committee on Libraries

This Preview Event is open only to Friends of the DC Public Library – and their friends.
(Friends may join or renew at the door.)

RSVP appreciated by Tuesday, September 6
To Robin Diener

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