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Montgomery County Public Libraries Hosts"Meet the Author" Programs Featuring Local Writers

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will host three “Meet the Author” programs in October featuring local authors.

On Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m., Olga Grushin, author of “The Line” and “The Dream Life of Sukhanov,” will be at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd.

Grushin’s first novel, “The Dream Life of Sukhanov,” won the 2007 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Top Ten Best Book of the Year. Her second novel, “The Line,” published in April 2010, was chosen as an Editors' Choice book by The New York Times. She is now at work on her third book.

On Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m., novelist and short story writer Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be at Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville for a reading and book signing of her debut novel, “Wench.”

28th Annual Germantown Oktoberfest

October 2, 2010 11am - Dusk

Join over 10,000 people who attend the
Germantown Oktoberfest every year.
Don't miss it!
Proceeds used to support local charities.

For more information, please click: http://www.germantownoktoberfest.org/index.html

Evening Hayrides at Butler’s Orchard

The 300 acre family owned farm in Germantown, MD is offering a tractor-driven hayride around the farm. Afterward, gather around a crackling bonfire where you can enjoy the refreshments and entertainment you have brought.

At Butler’s, you can also visit the market where this is a wide assortment of fruits & vegetables, jams & jellies, honey, maple syrup, gourmet condiments, apple cider, and a variety of handmade gifts and flowers.

You can even pick your own produce with the selection of strawberries, blueberries, peas, tart cherries, thorn less blackberries, red raspberries, pumpkins, apples, peas, pumpkins and Christmas trees.

For more information on this event and Butler’s Orchard, please visit: http://www.butlersorchard.com/

Family Events Galore at the Germantown Library

Thursday August 19, 1pm to 2pm: Mike Rose Magic comes to perform mind blowing interactive magic shows for children and teens. Seating is limited. Free tickets are available at the Library beginning Tuesday prior to the program.

Saturday August 21, 10:30am-11:30pm: Rainbow Co. presents "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble." Check out the picture book ahead of time for special reading. Seating is limited. Free tickets are available at the Library beginning Tuesday before the program.

Wednesday August 25, 7pm to 8:30pm: Master Gardeners from Montgomery County Cooperative Extension will be on the ground floor of the Library to answer gardening questions.

 

School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek