Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014

People SpeakingLooking to practice your Spanish conversational skills? Join us every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month for a friendly half-hour chat and stick around to converse with those practicing their English. Each meeting will focus on a particular topic.

The first meeting will take place August 5 at 7 p.m.

¿Necesita practicar su inglés? Únase a nosotros cada primer y tercer martes del mes para una charla amable de media hora and quedarse para hablar con aquellos que practican sus español. Cada sesión se centrará en un tema particular.

El primer sesión occurirá agosto 5 a las 7 p.m.

"Stained Glass" pictures

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

This Saturday at 2 p.m. we will be making beautiful designs using tissue paper!

The look is based upon stained glass and participants will be able to create any image they please. All ages are welcome.stained glass from tissue paper

Career, Education and Vocation Databases

Published on Monday, July 7, 2014

Testing and Education Reference Center

Job and Career Accelerator

A Look at the Washington Evening Star-July 4th, 1914

Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014

     A quick look at the Saturday, July 4, 1914 issue of the Washington Evening Star reveals Washington, D.C.

Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014

“I had killed a man, for money and a woman. I didn't have the money and I didn't have the woman.”
― James M. Cain, Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity cover

Come join the Takoma Park Book to Film club for some classic noir fiction and film.  Please inquire with the librarian at the information desk for a copy of the book.
We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m.

Family Craft-ernoon!

Published on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Come over on Saturday, June 28, at 2 p.m. to learn about Summer Reading and to celebrate our theme: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, with a fun design challenge!

Breaking off into groups, each team will have 40 minutes to assemble a "tower" from pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and various other objects. The objective is to make your tower tall, but strong to support an object through a hurricane!*

*By hurricane, I mean a strong fan and a spray bottle of water.
water cycle

Published on Monday, June 16, 2014

Cassette tape

Audio files take up a lot less space than cassette tapes, so come to the library and learn how to digitize your old tapes using an old boombox, an adapter cable and a laptop.

Maybe you’ve got a rarity on cassette that you want to preserve for the future or maybe you’re just tired of looking at that dusty box of cassettes in your garage.  Either way, analog to digital transferring is a valuable skill to know.  Come to the library and start digitizing!

Saturday, June 28
2 p.m.

Published on Monday, June 16, 2014
Plant grafting

Thursday, June 26
7 p.m.

Grafting is the practice of transplanting plant tissues from one plant into another so that they can fuse together.

In this workshop master gardener Ricardo Eppenstein will explain and demonstrate various plant grafting techniques, the benefits derived from grafting, which plants can be grafted and which cannot, and how to get participants on the way to successful plant grafting. 

Family Craft-ernoon!

Published on Friday, June 6, 2014

I am super excited to announce our next craft-ernoon Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m. We will be making sidewalk SPLASH paintings!
sidewalk chalk ziplock bag
Using a not-so-secret recipe from Growing A Jeweled Rose, we will fill sandwich bags with a colorful sidewalk chalk mixture to create abstract, explosive paintings!

Let's have some fun in the sun and get you all signed up for Summer Reading with this Fizz, BOOM, Read! themed program.

All ages are welcome!

Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bedding Lord Ned coverA Little Night Mischief cover

Saturday, June 14 2 to 4 p.m.

Come hear from a bestselling veteran and a hot new talent in the romance genre.  Sally Mackenzie and Emily Greenwood will tell you everything you need to know about romance writing, from conflict to levels of sensuality.  Learn from the pros about the editor-agent relationship, self-publishing and more.

From the Takoma History File

Published on Monday, June 2, 2014

Houses of Takoma Park

(Image courtesy of the Historic Takoma, Inc. Archives.)

In an effort to sell real estate in Takoma Park, the town’s founder, B.F. Gilbert, put out a series of promotional pamphlets in the late 19th century.  The language Gilbert employs in these pamphlets is a mixture of transcendentalist nature admirer and snake oil salesman.  Gilbert touts Takoma Park as a pure, sylvan paradise and harps on the town’s miraculously palliative springs: