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Published on Monday, September 29, 2014

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the DC Public Library is doing its part to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture.

Hispanic Heritage MonthCome celebrate with us at Takoma Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2:30-4 p.m. There will be a bilingual theatrical performance of “Sanos y Contentos” (“Happy and Healthy”) by Teatro de la Luna and delicious samples of a variety of Hispanic and Latino foods. (Some of the food provided courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Library.)

Stop by the library at any time during Hispanic Heritage Month to check out books, music, movies and more that celebrate and explore the rich culture and heritage of Hispanic and Latino communities here and abroad. To see a selection of books by and about Hispanic authors and culture owned by the DC Library, go here

Other Hispanic Heritage Month events at Takoma Park:

  • Takoma Park Library does a bilingual (English/Spanish) story time every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Passport to Literature! Teen Translation Activity: Learn what it’s like to translate a famous poem into Spanish or English, and leave with your own translation! No experience or foreign-language skills necessary.

DC Public Library digital resources

Published on Thursday, September 25, 2014
Oxford English Dictionary database

The Oxford English Dictionary, available to you online with your DC Public Library card, is much more than a dictionary. Taking a brief tour will convince you that its claim to be “the definitive record of the English Language” is well-founded.

But what do they mean by ‘definitive record’?  Let us take an example: shirt (n.).

Published on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Are you working on a school paper and stumped about what to do next? Do you need help citing sources? Perhaps your short story needs an ending, or you'd like to edit your poem but don't know where to start.

Starting Oct. 1, for these and any other writing-related questions, swing by the Writer's Resource Hour on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 4 p.m.
WritingWe'll help with:

Sand without the mess!

Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014

kinectic sand

Let's say farewell to the end of summer with a beach inspired activity! 

We will be making "kinectic sand," which is sand plus a couple of other ingredients that makes dry sand act like wet sand! Using a recipe from the blog, Growing A Jeweled Rose, we will build sand castles and play with molds of various shapes. 

Join us Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. for this fun craft!

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Want ads

Are you eager to find employment but unsure of how to deal with legal obstacles that lay in your path?

Come in to the Takoma Park Library for a free one-on-one session with an attorney specializing in overcoming legal barriers to employment.

You may request up to two 30-minute sessions on one of the following dates between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • Oct. 17
  • Oct. 24
  • Oct. 31

Please email peter.sullivan@dc.gov or come in to the library to request an appointment.

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014

Do you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?”
Experimental BookWhat Did We Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from point A to point B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C.

Sometimes thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying, or goofy, What The?! seeks to explore and discuss the kinds of books that even other books think are weird.

Fizz, Boom, Read

Published on Monday, September 8, 2014

Congratulations to the lucky winner of our Fizz, Boom, Read (ages 6-12) Summer Reading raffle, Ben Allen! Ben won a Kindle Fire for completing eight hours of reading. 

We asked him a few questions to get to know him a little better.

ben allenWhat is your favorite book?
The Squish series by Jennifer Holm.

What is your favorite place to read?
My room.

Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hiring our Heroes

If you are a veteran looking for work, come to a free presentation by the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.

This workshop will provide an overview of the services available to returning veterans. Discussion will center on the implementation of Veterans Priority of Service, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, VRAP, the Gold Card, and other programs and funding opportunities that may be available to eligible veterans and their spouses.

The Children's/Parent Book Club wants to know your FAVORITE book of the summer?

Published on Monday, August 25, 2014

Emperor Pickletine Rides the BusThe Children's/Parent Book Club will have its first meeting on Thursday, September 4, at 7 p.m.  Participants are asked to bring their favorite book of the summer.  We will briefly discuss the books, and decide our schedule for the year. Best for youth in 2nd - 4th grade and their parents/guardians.

Science and Implications

Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

Melting ice in the Arctic

Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m.
Come hear about the science and implications of climate change from Benjamin Cash, a research scientist at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies.

Do you know what a Thaumatrope is?

Published on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A thaumatrope is a 19th century toy which uses the power of the eye to turn two images into one!

A disc or card with two separate images on the front and back is twirled rapidly to create the illusion of one image.
In the above example, an image of a horse on one side, and an image of a rider on the other side, are spun so fast on a string that the eye thinks they are one solid image.
Join us as we create these clever and fun toys on Saturday, September 6 at 2 p.m.