Celebrate Our Centennial
The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library will celebrate its 100th birthday this November 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
We are the first neighborhood library to reach this milestone, so we want to celebrate our birthday on a grand scale. The centennial kickoff will be held Thursday, November 17, from 6 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. We're 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, we 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 our page 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! We've also created a list of 100 books published during the past 100 years. These books are available at a library near you! Check out the list.
The Takoma Park Library opened on November 17, 1911. Prior to the opening of this building, Takoma had a private subscription library. Funding for this library came from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie; it is one of four Carnegie libraries in the DC Public Library system. Read a great article about the history and use of the Takoma Park branch.
The Takoma Park Library was renovated between September 2008 and March 2009. Since then, current staff and customers have enjoyed a beautiful open space with new computers, books, DVDs and other materials and, not surprisingly, our customers have responded positively with circulation and foot traffic increasing dramatically. We look forward to what the next 100 years will bring.