Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, June 21, 2010

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.

Published on Friday, June 4, 2010

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.

Published on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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. 

To Say Nothing of the Dog

Published on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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

For example, the three men dearly want to eat a tin of pineapple after a long day, but they find they've forgotten to pack a can opener, and set about injuring themselves and falling overboard trying to open it. 

Published on Saturday, May 15, 2010

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. After each class performed their scene, we showed the clip of that scene in the movie and talked about the different interpretations.  Some classes even added songs and dancing to their skits, to the great amusement of all present. (See Tuesday's Post Style section for an overview of Big Read activities in area high schools, including Coolidge.)  

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!