Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Saturday, May 1, 2010

There's a lot of great young adult (YA) literature out there, but anyone who reads YA novels knows that, for the most part, they're pretty heavy.  Most YA novels include at least one of the following elements: a teen's parent is dead, or not around, and she's depressed, or dying, or her brother is, or her best friend just died, and/or tried to commit suicide, and she's also starving herself and just witnessed a school shooting. 

This really struck me the other day when a teen asked me if I had any "funny" books on the shelf, and I had to think about it for a minute. 

Come and Join in the Fun!

Published on Saturday, April 10, 2010

Picture of a bookDo you:

     --really love to read, and watch good movies based on the books that you read?

     --wish that you had a group of people to discuss good books and movies with?

If so, join us here at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library for the inaugural meeting of the Book-to-Film Discussion Group! Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Monday, April 5, 2010

 "Remearkable Creatures"Can you imagine what people thought the first time a huge dinosaur fossil was pulled from the earth? They didn’t understand what it was, or what it meant for life on our planet that these “remarkable creatures” no longer existed. Tracy Chevalier’s (Girl with a Pearl Earring) latest book follows historical figures Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot on their quest for fossils through Lyme Regis, UK, in the 1820s.

Published on Monday, March 15, 2010

Celebrate the first day of Spring by joining us for a discussion, offered by the Takoma Horticultural Club, entitled "Getting Our Gardens Ready for Spring."  The talk, to be led by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine, and Kit Gage, president of the Takoma Horticultural Club, will focus on how to address winter/snow damage to your plants.  The discussion will take place on Saturday, March 20, at 3 p.m.here at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library. 

Be sure to check out our collection of new gardening books, made possible by a generous donation by the Takoma Park Horticultural Club!  (Books will be available for checkout upon the conclusion of the program.)

Hope to see you there!

Published on Saturday, March 6, 2010

It's hard for us to believe it, but it's been one year since the Takoma Park branch reopened with a beautiful new look!  We've gotten a great response from patrons who love the renovation, and we're busier than ever.  Come celebrate our one year anniversary with us on Tuesday, March 9 from 5-7 pm.  The first 25 adult and youth patrons to arrive will receive free library bags with giveaways.  Listen to a reading of Library Mouse and then make your own easy paper book. We'll also have cake and juice, because here at Takoma Park, we believe it's not a party unless there's cake. All ages welcome.  See you there, and thanks for a great first year!

Staff Recommendations

Published on Saturday, February 27, 2010

As February ends, we're reflecting on books, movies and music we love at Takoma Park. Our staff share here some of their favorites to see if they inspire you to check out something new or remind you of an old "love."

Young Adult Librarian, Heather Petsche, recommends:

A Lecture by C. R. Gibbs

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Join us Saturday, February 20 for a lecture by noted author, scholar, and historian C. R. Gibbs.  He will be discussing the topic "Great Black Women" as part of the DC Public Library's Black History Month Lecture Series.

Mr. Gibbs shares his knowledge of African American history and achievements in many mediums and with a variety of communities.  He is a DC Humanities Scholar who has appeared on the History Channel several times. He has worked with Georgetown University, the Smithsonian, and Maryland Public Television.  Also, Mr. Gibbs is the author of several books, most notably Black Explorers, Black Inventors: from Africa to America, and Friends of Frederick Douglas. He has participated in the DC Public Library's Black History Month Lecture Series since 1989.

Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Takoma Park Branch will have a tax preparer on site from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning February 2 and running through April 13. Assistance is available for seniors and low/middle income individuals. Bring a copy of last year's tax return, all pertinent forms and a picture ID.

To file your tax returns online, or to print out tax forms, go to www.otr.cfo.dc.gov. Click on "Electronic Tax Service Center" (the second link under "Services") to begin filing an online return.  This site also gives information about where to mail your completed tax returns.


Published on Thursday, December 31, 2009

Join us and special guest presenter, William Smith, MS, for a program on meditation.
Everyone is welcome. Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m.

In this busy, fast-paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity. William Smith’s workshop focuses on understanding our own selves and starting the new year with meditation.  Mr. Smith will offer a practical technique of meditation that can positively impact your life. Through first hand demonstrations of this simple, yet highly effective method, you will discover the key to deeper concentration and inner peace.

A woman meditating

Come Decorate Our Tree with Winter Ornaments

Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

evergreen tree
There are so many festivals and holidays in December, like Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Al-Hijira, and the Winter Solstice.  At Takoma Park library, we want to celebrate by decorating our big tree with winter ornaments and lighting our menorah and kinara. Please join us for a Winter Fest on Saturday, December 12, from 2 - 4 pm.  We'll share books and music, make crafts for the tree - or to take home! And of course, we'll have some nice, warm hot chocolate and treats!  All ages are welcome.