Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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.

National Bike Month in Washington, DC

Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May is National Bike Month, and there are many ways to participate in the District and surrounding area! Many D.C. residents commute to work by bike, frequenting the city's ever growing number of bike lanes and the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs from Silver Spring directly to Union Station. Others enjoy the many bike trails the area has to offer such as the Mt. Vernon Trail, the Capital Crescent Trail, and the C&O Canal Trail.

Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss?  Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 1 p.m. to hear an experienced guest speaker discuss how to start a business in D.C.  Lean about the registration process, where you can find government resources, and more.    

We also have a large selection of business books, most of which have been recently updated. Check out just a few of our great resources below, and you can be on your way to starting your own business!

Essay Contest Kick-off

Published on Monday, May 6, 2013

Carolivia Herron with book Always an OliviaCome meet local resident and author Carolivia Herron on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

To kick off the Takoma Park Friends of the Library children's and teen's essay contest, "Takoma 2013-2063 In Your Own Words," Carolivia Herron will describe what life was like in Takoma 50 years ago.  She will then give us ideas on how to describe life in Takoma today to a future resident of Takoma 50 years from now.

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

Book cover for Book Fiesta! by Pat MoraCome celebrate El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros with a children's play: "I Call Her Little Red Riding Hood = Yo La Llamo Rusita Rojas." 

Takoma Park Library will be hosting the play Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m.

Recommended for children pre-K through 2nd grade and their caregivers.

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
screenshot of the homepage of the legal forms database

We continue our series on library databases this month with Legal Forms Online.  This is a great, quick resource for District residents that I often tell people about.  Are you writing a will?  Renting out property?  Popular forms for individuals include those for Power of Attorney and Wills and Estates.  There are leases as well as forms for Landlord/Tenant issues.  Do you need to change your maiden/married name or apply for a marriage license?  You can download and print these forms with just a few clicks.