Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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.  

Teen Reviews The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Published on Friday, December 4, 2009
We have two excellent teen workers who joined our branch in November.  They are part of the Teens of Distinction program, which employs exceptional teens throughout our library system.  Anika Rice and Miranta Clark are both seniors at local high schools. These two come to work at the library eager to do any tasks we put to them!
Periodically, they will be reviewing teen books on the website.  This week, Anika reviewed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  This title has been getting a lot of attention across the nation.  Look for it and the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, @ your library.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Cupcakes + Red "Frosting" = Delicious Vampire Snack

Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Moon, the second movie in the Twilight series, comes out on Friday! (You may have already heard...)

We're going to celebrate by decorating some red cupcakes you can really sink your teeth into!  Mmm, we even have a mysterious thick red liquid to go along if you get ... thirsty.  Join us after school for Twilight books, music, coloring, and fang-licking fun!  

3:30 in the program room downstairs.  For tweens and teens.   

Public Art for the Takoma Metro Underpass

Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Come to the Takoma Park, DC library to view possible art murals for the Takoma Metro Underpass!  Five art proposals will be on display in the library on Thursday, November 19 from 6 - 8 pm, and Friday, November 20 from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Please come by and give your feedback on this initiative to make the Takoma community even better. 

The 5 semi-finalists are:
Sam Gilliam, DC
Cheryl Foster, MD
City Arts, Inc., DC
Mixed Up Mosaics, NY
Myklebust + Sears, WI

Brought to you by the DC Creates! Public Art Program of the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and WMATA.

For more information, please contact deirdre.ehlen@dc.gov.

"Travels with Charley: In Search of America"

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Join us for our monthly adult book group meeting on Thursday, November 19, at 7 pm.  We'll be discussing Travels with Charley: In Search of America, by John Steinbeck.  Copies of this book were given to the library by the National Endowment for the Humanities on the theme of "Picturing America."  To find other Picturing America titles, contact your local branch for more information. 

Travels follows Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, as they drive across America in a makeshift camper. In the book he recounts his observations of and interactions with the American people and landscapes he encounters.  

 Book Cover of Travels with Charley

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Get dressed up in your scariest costume and come to the library to get your Halloween celebration started!  This Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 pm, join us in the program room downstairs for spooktacular crafts, games, and treats.  All ages are welcome. Just don't come dressed up as a librarian.  ;-)