Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Photo of Ava the dog at the libraryPhoto of Ava the dog reading with a girl

From Ava’s Diary: Tuesday, March 2, 2011

Hi, all. It’s me, Ava. I got freshly groomed, so I’d be silky smooth and lovely smelling at the library tonight. I wore some new, festive ribbons for the occasion. I also wore my special red, riding harness; it’s my personal seat-belt for when I travel by car. I love to travel and meet new people.

Published on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dirty SouthCalling all Triple Crown Publications and urban books fans! 

Published on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Join us at the library for a special opportunity to hear widely aclaimed composer Elena Ruehr, Professor of Music and winner of the Baker Undergraduate Teaching Award at MIT.  Professor Ruehr is dedicated to bringing the arts to students of all ages.  Check out her bio at www.elenaruehr.org.

Composer Elena Ruehr

Published on Monday, February 7, 2011

Pay It ForwardI know, I know…I usually write about books that I’ve read, and the title of my little column is really supposed to be “On My Bookshelf”—but I’ve encountered a movie so powerful that I just had to review it (and, if there’s anyone out there that hasn’t seen it yet, recommend it)!  

Published on Monday, January 31, 2011

Join us for this film screening in celebration of the 2011 Black History Month theme: "African Americans & the Civil War."   We'll show the first part of this 5 disc series, "The Cause" at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 8. The film will last approximately 90 minutes. If you like, stay afterwards to discuss your reactions with fellow viewers.

Ken Burns' award-winning documentary actually took longer to complete than the Civil War itself, but it is a masterpiece of primary source material and narration of real people's experiences during the war.  Check out more info on the film here. http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/

Published on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Do you enjoy creative writing? Have you got a story saved on your computer that you hope just might turn into a novel someday? Whether you write poetry, fiction, essays, children's literature, or other genres, you're invited to join our writing workshop at the Takoma Park branch.  We meet at least once a month, and twice when schedules allow, always on a Thursday evening.  The next meeting is this Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 pm.  This is an informal workshop rather than a writing class.  All participants are encouraged to bring short samples of their work for the other participants to read and comment on. Ages 18 and up are welcome.  Questions? Call 202-576-7252 and ask for Heather.  Happy writing!

Published on Monday, January 17, 2011

Chrysanthemum coverAre you and your preschool-aged child (ages: 0-4 years) into watching Max and Ruby films, based on the Max and Ruby books by beloved children’s book author Rosemary Wells?  Want to share the film version of, say, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes or Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert with your favorite little one? 

Published on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We will be observing and celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Takoma Park DC Library this Saturday, Jan. 15. Beginning at 2 pm, families can head to the children's room for a special Martin Luther King Day story time.  Afterwards, join us for a craft and cake to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. 

Here's a list of items you can check out of a DC library near you to celebrate at home!
(Takoma Park has most of these on the shelf - ask us if you need help or want to order a copy.)

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

Understanding the Civil Rights Movement
DVD 323.0973 U55

Martin Luther King: "I have a dream"
DVD 323.092 M381

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Reagan  Miller
394.26 MILLER

In Remembrance of Martin
DVD 92 K53I

Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tired of clutter at home or work?  Need more room for all that stuff?

Join us at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library on Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m. for a free seminar on getting and staying organized. Organizing gurus (and Takoma residents!) Tamara Belden and Judy Tiger will offer tips on taming the clutter in our lives.

Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Photo of White House with SnowI absolutely love this season!  Here in D.C., there are many things to celebrate:  freshly fallen snow; the cold, crisp air…wintertime is definitely upon us. In celebration of both winter and the haiku poetic form, I’ve composed a series of haikus (poems created in the Japanese style of writing unrhymed, three-lined poems--with each line containing five, seven and five syllables, respectively) as a way to pay tribute to this awe-inspiring, sometimes irritating (yet always beautiful!) time of year.

“Winter in D.C.”

#1 -
winter is and was
wreaking havoc on streets/cars
yet we smile.  i marvel.