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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.”

Everyday Heroes Recognition Ceremony

Leggett Recognizes "Everyday Heroes" for Risking Their Lives to Save Others Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will pay tribute to a group of “everyday heroes” – local residents who risked their own lives to save others. Last year, Leggett was joined by Fire Chief Tom Carr and Council Public Safety Committee Chair Phil Andrews at the event in Rockville.

“When ordinary residents, through their quick thinking and decisive action, get involved, they can accomplish extraordinary feats of courage and save lives,” said Leggett. “I am proud to recognize our community heroes, many of whom put their own lives at risk in order to help others.”

Croydon Creek Nature Center Story and Hike

Saturday Story and Hike

Event Type: Recreation and Parks
Location: Croydon Creek Nature Ctr.
Date/Time: 09/25/2010 10:00 AM - 09/25/2010 11:00 AM

Description:
Stop by the Nature Center for storytime and a hike. A naturalis will read a story and lead a hike based on the story. Dress for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required.

Event Fees: $3R/$5NR

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

Mommy and Me Play Date

Head out to Rockville Square August 17 with the kids for a fun play date! 

There will be balloon art, crafts, story time, and games. The best part of all is that it’s free! 

Register today! For more information, please click: www.rockvilletownsquare.com.