May 2012 Events at the Chevy Chase Library

May 2012 Events at the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. , Chevy Chase , MD.  *Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase Chapter.


  Preschool storytime–Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., May 1, 8, 15, and 29 (ages 2-6)

 *Bilingual storytime— with Senora Lupe Marks, Tuesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2-6)

Special Programs  

*Foreign Film, Saturday – May 5 at 1:00 p.m.  Seraphine (French)  The true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases.  In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid.  The story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman’s spirit.  Discussion to follow, for those interested.

The Constitution of the United States-a Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute Class.  Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., May 17, 24, 31 and June 7 and 14.  Did you know that the Constitution spelled out our founding fathers’ second choice of a governance plan? This course will examine the first plan of governance; the reasons for calling a federal convention in Philadelphia in 1787; the convention’s key figures, debates, and proposals; and the stormy debates preceding the ratification of the new plan of government.

Registration is required for this class. Find registration information at  or call Montgomery College at 240-567-5188. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

*Book and Discussion Groups

For events below, please get copies of the books from the Library System either directly or through holds.  Articles are at the reference desk. 

*Non-fiction Book Group  –  Wednesday, May 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The group will discuss Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Gina Kolata.

Great Books – Wednesday May 9, 7:30 p.m.  The group will discuss Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac.  The discussion will be led by Ling Lee.

*Jefferson Café –  Friday, May 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The group will discuss The Political Power of Social Media by Clay Shirky from the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Foreign Affairs.  

*Teen Book Club — Saturday, May 19, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.  The group will discuss Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  The film will be shown.  Open to all readers grades 7 and up.  Registration required: please either call the library (240-773-9590) or stop by the Information Desk to sign up.  The library will have a few copies of each month’s book available at the Information Desk at the beginning of each month. Once all copies are checked out, teens are responsible for placing a hold and getting a copy in time for the meeting.  

*Fiction, Memoir, and Biography Book Group – Wednesday, May 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The group will discuss Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox.

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