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Published on Monday, March 26, 2012

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, try this fun and easy way to create poems:  Gather some books from the library stacks -- choose ones that have titles that jump out at you, are funny or seem to have something in common with other book titles. 

Then arrange them together to form... a poem!  Join us at Takoma Park Library on Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. to create your own book spine poems. 

We'll also have magnetic poetry on hand and the opportunity to share your poems with other participants. Ages 11-17.

Read Your Cake and Eat It, Too...

Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

As part of the Read In this year, the Takoma Park Library is hosting an edible books contest. What, you ask, is an edible book?  It is the most delicious of literary creations! Simply think of your favorite book or author to get you started, and then decide how to make an edible version of that story. It could be a cake frosted to look just like the cover of a book, or it could be more abstract. Check out the examples below, or just Google images for "edible books."

Published on Saturday, February 11, 2012

DFree Income Tax Preparation Assistanceid you know that income tax assistance is available here at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library for individuals with incomes of less than $35,000 annually, and families with incomes of less than $45,000 annually?

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, will offer free assistance with filing federal and state returns here on Tuesday afternoons between February 7 and April 17, 2012, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  For a complete list of documents to bring, please call 1-877-SAVE-515.

Film: "Medicine for Melancholy" (2008)

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"Medicine for Melancholy" (2008)At the advice of a very good friend (whose opinion about movies I trust above all others), I recently sat down to watch Medicine for Melancholy— a 2008 film by breakout independent film director Barry Jenkins.  I didn’t know what to expect, though I could tell after a single glance at the DVD’s cover that two young, edgy, attractive African-American co-stars would be situated at the story’s core.

Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book cover for Perfect ChemistryPerfect Chemistry is a really engaging book for teenagers who have been in a relationship before, although I would recommend this book to any teen hoping for a good read. Overall, the book is a 10 out of 10 because it deals with real life situations in a realistic setting. Although the ending might not be what you expect, there are two other books in the series.

Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012

We have two new teen volunteers at the Takoma Park branch, and both are avid readers!  They will be reviewing their favorite young adult novels on our web page. Chidinma is a sophomore in high school.  Here are a few of her recent picks:

By Miss Julie (Interpreter for Dogs)

Published on Thursday, December 29, 2011

Photo of Freddie the dogPhoto of Freddie giving a little girl a kiss

By Miss Julie (Interpreter for Dogs)

Published on Thursday, December 29, 2011

Photo of Willie the dogPhoto of Willie the dog and a family reading at the library

Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Paradise" by Toni MorrisonI have a huge fear of most Toni Morrison books. 

I fondly remember the first time I ever held one in my hands and relished its rhythmic prose style and ever-changing storyline, and can remember her Song of Solomon keeping me entertained for hours on end. I also remember staying up way past my bedtime (I was still in high school when I discovered it) to finish the novel. 

By Miss Julie (Interpreter for Dogs)

Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Photo of Bailey the dogPhoto of Bailey the dog listening to stories at the library