Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

Our tree is filling up with socks and mittens!In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Takoma Park DC Library is collecting mittens and socks for those in need during the month of January.  We have gotten a great response from our community members, so we decided to extend the drive through Jan. 31 to allow all interested persons to participate.
All donated items will be given to SOME (So Others Might Eat) in Northwest D.C. to be distributed to those in need.  Clean socks and mittens for all ages will be welcome small gifts during these cold winter months. 

Published on Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cover image of Amber HouseOver the holiday break, I had the opportunity to get some reading done. Amber House, a new young adult fiction book written by a mother-daughter team, seemed like it would be just the thing to read while I was snowed in at my parents' house. It did not disappoint. 

Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Join us for two great holiday programs this month!

Creative ClassOn Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., we'll have a craft workshop for adults. Learn about yarn bombing as craft activism and participate in a mini-yarn bomb in the library. We are excited to partner with local crafters The Warm and Fuzzies for this workshop.

Please email TheCreativeClassDCPL@gmail.com to register.

'The Dragon Can't Dance' by Earl Lovelace

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"The Dragon Can't Dance" by Earl LovelaceHow could a book with a cover this intriguing not be a good read?  Note the brightly colored costume and the man, mid-stride, as he makes his way down what I can only assume is a busy, inner city street,  pitchfork in hand.

Published on Friday, October 12, 2012

The happy winnerWe are happy to report that Josef Mixon is one of four winners of the 2012 DCPL Teen Summer Reading essay contest. Josef is a regular at the Takoma Park DC Library, and he is an extremely talented writer and artist.  He was very excited to learn he had won a Dell laptop for his book review of Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence.  He plans to use the laptop for schoolwork and creative writing.  Below is a copy of his winning book review. Congratulations, Josef!

Young Adult Book Review

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

Book cover image of The Princesses of IowaWhen I saw this book title, I just had to check it out.  I’m from Iowa.  I’m not a princess, per se, but I wondered if this book’s setting would be reminiscent of my youth.  Like most readers, I enjoy reading about characters that seem similar to me or to someone I know.

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012

Takoma Park Branch Library will be hosting two story times in support of the Cesar Millan and Scooby-Doo 2nd Annual Pack Walk

The first will be Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10:45 a.m.  We will celebrate our canine friends with rhymes, songs and stories. 

We will repeat the program at our PJ and Stuffed Animal Story Time on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.  We hope that all our dog-loving friends will join us!

Published on Friday, August 10, 2012

Book cover of Swamplandia!Just in case you can’t get enough Olympic coverage, I’ve decided to award medals to the fiction books I’ve read over the past month. 

Coming in with the Bronze is Swamplandia! By Karen Russell.  I really want to like this book—and I must tell you that I haven’t quite finished it yet—but I’m still finding it slow going. This was one of three books nominated this year for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction (no award was given.)

Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Camp Nanowrimo logoWork on your novel or other writing project, meet other local writers, and enjoy free coffee at the Takoma Park Library!  We will be holding write-ins every Thursday in August from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room.

These write-ins are held as part of Camp Nanowrimo, but you don't need to be committed to writing an entire novel in a month to join us.  All current and aspiring writers of any genre or form are welcome to join our write-ins, which will provide a quiet, productive and encouraging atmosphere in which to write, edit or brainstorm.

Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Book cover image of ShiverLooking for a well-written page turner? Try Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. There's never a boring moment in this book, which has werewolves and was extremely interesting.