Monday, January 4, 2016
NonTraditional Board Games meetup at Silver Spring Library? This is a gathering for adults who enjoy a challenge, social interaction, and plain old fun. The organizer, known as "Adam Dork," sets up a different theme or free-for-all twice a month.
On one recent Saturday afternoon it was all about "Traitor-Mechanic" games. Players try to accomplish something in these various games, only to be undermined by a player with a hidden identity or agenda. So far, the group has tried various game genres: competitive, nothing but dice, no dice, space, world domination and more.
Check out the next meetup Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 PM and meet some other board game enthusiasts. See the Silver Spring Library calendar of events for more information and future meetups.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
|Children's Room end panels|
reflect a storybook village
On one side of the children's room is an array of enlarged photographs of Silver Silver Spring landmarks, buildings, and urban spaces. The pictures will no doubt be familiar to many. The views are from many perspectives and are infused with a soft but urban light.
Bookcases with photographs of|
Silver Spring landmarks
On the other side of the room, where younger children search for picture books, simple frame houses and buildings evoke a storybook town. Together with the tall towers of our Early Literacy Center, and skyscraper book display shelves, imagination is encouraged.
Monday, October 5, 2015
I've always admired just how creative teenagers can be. They often surprise us adults with their talent and determination, even though we shouldn't be surprised at all. Sometimes teens surprise themselves, too, when they try new things. Perhaps teens are less inhibited and more open to new ideas than grown ups are. If you are a teen, you are welcome to join other teens at one of the Silver Spring Library's special creative programs this fall. If you are lucky enough to have a teen in your life, please clue them in to the following opportunities.
Learn the basics of photography, including equipment, composition, and software. Ages 13 to 16. Meet other teens with an interest in photography, too. The club meets from 2:00-3:30 PM on the first and third Sundays of the month beginning October 4.
Basic skills of Photoshop and Illustrator for high schoolers presented by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media. This project based series will result in individually created posters inspired by World War II-era propaganda. Basic principles of effective strategic messaging, too. Mondays at 3:30 PM beginning October 5 in the Library Media Lab. Space is limited.
Writing the next bestseller? Love blogging or creating poetry? Join other teens and develop your writing voice. Friends, advice, and constructive feedback. Co-sponsored by the Maryland Writers' Association. Ages 13 to 18. Two Thursdays a month from 6:30-8:00 PM beginning October 8. 3rd floor Meeting Room.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The new Silver Spring Library's first summer is drawing to a close. There was lots of good feeling and good music to end the summer as Incwell performed out in our courtyard. Fans of reggae/hip hop fusion listened, and some toddlers got into the beat by dancing right up front. September brings new beginnings—back to school and back to work. Our brand new building means we can start off the fall with a wealth of programs and events, such as our book discussion groups. Check them all out on our branch webpage.
Book Discussions for AdultsThe Evening Book Discussion Group generally meets at 7:30 PM on the first Monday of each month, although September's meeting happens the Tuesday after Labor Day. The first selection is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus.
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets at 2:00 PM on the second Thursday of the month. Its first selection is The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard.
The African-American Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 PM on the first Wednesday of the month (except January and July.) The first selection is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
And more . . .
- Writers' Groups: Check out our Teen Writers' Club or Silver Spring Writers' Meetup Group.
- English Conversation Club: Practice your English in a friendly group led by a native English speaker.
- Fun and Relaxation: We offer Morning Flow Yoga as well as Yoga & Meditation. Try Nontraditional Board Games for adults. Chess Club is open for adults, teens and elementary school students.
- Storytimes: Baby and Toddler storytimes, French/English bilingual Storytime, Spanish Storytime, Amharic/English Storytime, Preschool STEM Storytimes, and Pajama Storytimes. Quite a list.
- Children's Math and Computer Programs: Try our Crazy 8's Math Club for Grades 3 to 5 beginning September 21. That's bouncy dice explosions, glow-in-the-dark geometry, toilet paper Olympics and more. How about Computer Coding, also for Grades 3 to 5?
September is also Library Card Sign Up Month! What's free and offers infinite opportunities for entertainment, recreation, information and education? Your library card! Sign up for a card today; visit any MCPL branch or apply online.
Monday, August 17, 2015
This past week Silver Spring hosted a bilingual storytime along with the Ethiopian Literary and Cultural Awareness Association. We are so fortunate that our community has people from all over the world. In Montgomery County, there are more than 58,000 residents who were born in Africa, and Ethiopians make up the largest segment of African immigrants in the county. Many live in the Silver Spring area.
The storytime was quite a hit. Over 175 people attended and it was gratifying to see so many children engaged with the stories, games, and crafts. An Ethiopian fairy tale, Silly Mamo (Mamo Killo) retold by Gebregeorgis Yohannes was read by Mama Kebebush and Lauren, our children's librarian. There was also great excitement—shouts and hands in the air—during a Jeopardy-like answer-and-question game about Ethiopia.
If you missed the storytimes, not to worry—more great events are coming! We invite everyone to join us on Saturday, September 12 at 1 PM, when we'll host a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
I discovered an interesting summary of the ceremony and information about the importance of coffee in the Ethiopian culture on Epicurean's web site. We'll also have national clothes, arts, and musical instruments on display from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The event celebrates the Ethiopian New Year. Come on over to the library; everyone is welcome.