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Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

"Perfect Peace" by Daniel BlackIt’s no secret around these parts that I’ve been studying hard over the past couple of years for my library school degree.  What may not be so well known, however, is that although I spend much of my day suggesting reads for others (readers’ advisory is a large part of what I do), I don’t get to read much for leisure.  Sure, I inhale the random Toni Morrison novel every now and again (Turning thirty has suddenly endowed me with the ability to understand them…I couldn’t explain it if I tried!), and I often glance at bl

Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Book saleThe Friends of the Takoma Park DC Library will host a book sale and bake sale on the library lawn Saturday, May 5.  Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to browse a great selection of fiction, mysteries, nonfiction, children's books and more.  They will also have canvas bags and note cards from our centennial for sale.  Get there early for the best selection!

Crime Fiction Author, Susan Froetschel is Library Staffer for a Day

Published on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Please drop in between 10 a.m. and  4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st to have your writing questions (any type and all ages welcome) answered by Susan Froetschel as part of Sisters in Crime's "Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day." Susan also will be helping with other library tasks as part of this event.

Susan Froetschel at the library

If you'd like more information the full press release is below:

Author Susan Froetschel Is Library Staffer for a Day
Takes Part in Sisters in Crime's "Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day" Event

Niki Herd shares her poetry

Published on Saturday, April 14, 2012

Please join us on Thursday, April 19th at 7 p.m. to hear Niki Herd read her poetry.

Photograph of Niki HerdNiki Herd is the author of The Language of Shedding Skin, from Main Street Rag Publishing. She grew up in Cleveland and received degrees from the University of Arizona and Antioch in Los Angeles. A Cave Canem Fellow, her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, and has been supported by organizations including the Astraea Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Thursday evening's reading will be the second in the Poetry on Cedar Street quarterly poetry series.

Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Please help celebrate jazz the weeks of April 15 and 22 at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library.  The library will celebrate with displays and three programs. 

The first program will be on Wednesday, April 18, when parents will be able to introduce their babies to jazz at the Wednesday Lap Time program at 10 a.m. 

Older children will be able to jazz it up at the Wednesday Story Time at 10:45 a.m. 

Finally, on Tuesday, April 24, at the 7 p.m. PJ Story Time, we will conclude our celebration of jazz. 

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.