Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Celebremos la Herencia Hispana

September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.  To celebrate, the Takoma Park DC Library will be holding a fiesta on Saturday, September 25, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Check out our schedule of events:

Getting Started on Your Mystery Novel

Have you thought about writing a mystery novel and don't know how to start? Looking for inspiration or curious about the process? Experiencing writer's block?Join local mystery author Susan Froetschel for a fun and informal workshop.The program is suitable for teens and adults of all ages.

End of Summer Reading Celebration

It's that time of year again already, kids.  If you signed up for our summer reading program, Make A Splash or Make Waves, you and your family are invited to attend our end of summer celebration on Saturday, August 7, from 1 - 3 pm. We'll have a water balloon toss and other activites, plus our duck pond will be back due to popular demand. You can also get free books and prizes, refreshments and more!  Join us for some splash-worthy end of summer fun! 

Book Review: "Will Grayson, Will Grayson"

Will Grayson, Will GraysonBy John Green and David Levithan

Upcoming Art Programs for Teens

Looking for something to do this summer? Come to the library and participate in some cool art programs.  On Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30 pm, make a Message in a Bottle.  Have you ever found a piece of paper left behind in a book by somebody else?

National HIV Testing Week @ Your Library

National HIV Testing Week is this June 21 - 27.  Come to any DC Public Library to find out more about what programs and services we're offering this week.  Free, rapid, confidential HIV testing will be offered at 5 different libraries. The closest testing location to Takoma Park will be the Shepherd Park branch.  They're testing Saturday, June 26 from 11:00 - 3:00. It only takes 20 minutes to get your free test results - so if you don't know your status, please take the test.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, June 5 from 1 - 3 pm for a family Summer Reading Kick Off!  To celebrate our water theme, we're having a library luau.  Come try out the limbo contest, or join a conga line through the stacks!  There will be crafts, snacks, games, and a chance to register for summer reading and find out about our summer reading programs this year.  All ages welcome.

Cool Off with Summer Reading

The 2010 Summer Reading Program starts June 1st at DC Public Library.  The theme for children and youth ages birth - 14 is Make a Splash!  The theme for teens ages 12 – 17 is Make Waves.  To enhance our water theme we have a variety of library programs and special performances.  Along with our regular story times and arts and crafts we will be having a luau kick-off party for all ages, movie nights, guest storytellers, a National Opera performance, a gardening program, and living classrooms. 

"Three Men in a Boat"

To Say Nothing of the Dog

Thanks to a patron, I came across a lovely little gem of a book this month, entitled Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Published in 1889, this short, humorous novel has never been out of print. It is narrated by J, and concerns a trip he takes on the river with his two friends George and Harris, and his dog.  Nothing much happens during their excursion, but small events get exaggerated, and often provide an impetus to recall past events and give opinions – think of it as a precursor to Seinfeld

Big Read a Big Success at Takoma Park Library

The Takoma Park Library had three great programs this week as part of the Big Read. On Monday, Coolidge High School juniors acted out scenes from the book, A Lesson Before Dying. I picked the scenes beforehand and spoke to the students about acting them out. Their English teacher then took over and coached them to complete the project as part of their semester grade.

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