Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, July 8, 2013

Some of our most popular items are test preparation materials.  A lot of people may not know that the DC Public Library subscribes to a wonderful database called Learning Express Library that offers many online study guides and practice tests for free with your library card.

Taking a testHere you’ll find practice tests for:

Published on Monday, July 1, 2013

Japan America LogoOn July 2 at 1:30 p.m. Japan-in-a-Suitcase will bring a little bit of Japan to Takoma Park Library. This interactive program promotes understanding of Japan and Japanese culture to children through hands-on activities, games and demonstrations.  Children will learn about Japanese culture, see and touch clothing and other items from Japan (such as schoolbags & indoor shoes), learn how to count in Japanese, how to greet others in Japanese and more.  Following the presentation, children will have an opportunity to play traditional Japanese games and try other hands-on activities.
For ages 8 and up.

New Time and Schedule

Published on Sunday, June 30, 2013

computer classComputer Basics at Takoma Park Library will now be held at 10 a.m. every Monday, starting July 1. These drop-in classes are open to anyone who is new to computers or who wants to brush up on their skills. 

Our new schedule:
First Monday of every month: Microsoft Word basics
Second Monday of every month: Email and Internet basics
Third Monday of every month: Excel and Powerpoint
Fourth Monday of every month: Resumes, cover letters and Internet job searching

Have you signed up yet?

Published on Monday, June 24, 2013

School's Out!  Now is the time to stop by the library and sign up for Summer Reading! This is the first year that Summer Reading is for all ages:

Published on Monday, June 24, 2013

Lewis Ford performs for kids at Takoma ParkWe'd like to share with you a rap by third-grader Veronica B., who comes to the Takoma Park Library.

She wrote this rap at a recent hip hop workshop with Lewis Ford and impressed everybody with her skills!

Don't worry if you missed this workshop; you can check out future summer reading hip hop workshops in our calendar.

This ain't right they bombing people in Boston
lockin them up in North Korea from generation to generation
Do you see all this racism they act like they not even their

And The Winners Are...

Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Edible Books

This past Saturday, Takoma Park Library hosted an Edible Book Contest in honor of the Read In, offering lovers of books and reading a chance to engage with their favorite stories in new ways--through food! Everyone had a great time admiring, sampling, and voting on this year's entries. Participants could get a new perspective on their favorite characters by preparing and eating foods that reminded them of the book characters! There were only two rules: the entries needed to symbolize a book in some way, and they needed to be 100 percent made out of food!

Edible Book Contest

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Takoma Park DC Library is hosting our second annual Edible Books Contest this Saturday, June 15 for the Read In. Come join us at 1 p.m. and bring a creation based on your favorite book! 

For example, you can recreate a book cover with cake and frosting, make a dish featured in a book, or do a play on words (think Green Eggs and Ham.)  We will be inviting everyone in the library to sample the entries and judge them on creativity, appearance, and taste. Gift cards will be awarded to the winners.  C

heck out these great ideas below, and use Google Images to see lots of other examples. Please bring a list of ingredients and a copy of the book that inspired your creation!  

Questions? Call us at 202-576-7252

Published on Friday, May 31, 2013

The View From Saturday by E. L. KonigsburgThe Takoma Park Parent-Child Book Club is meeting Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg.

The book club meets once a month and is best suited for children in grades 2-4 and their parent or guardian.

Check with the children's librarian for future titles and more information.

Kick off party on June 8

Published on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kick-Off PartyThe season of warm weather and a little extra leisure time is upon us! Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading list or dive into an adventurous story. Starting this Saturday, June 1, library lovers of all ages can sign up for summer reading at the library. Summer reading participants will have the opportunity to check out some great reads, win prizes, and participate in programs and activities. 

Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Is your child learning to read? Through the DC Public Library, you can access multiple databases filled with video story books and ebooks that the children in your life will love to explore. If you know a child who's struggling with reading or one who is a visual learner, they will all find something to enjoy watching and reading along with in our Book Flix database.

If you are a preschool or elementary school educator, check out the lesson plans, too! Ideas for classroom activities and units are based on the themes and books - some titles are also available in Spanish.