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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.  ;-)    

Published on Monday, October 26, 2009

Just in time for Halloween, DC Public Library received a new book to ensure us that the vampire craze is still in full swing.  Dracula: The Undead is a sequel to Bram Stocker's classic, co-written by his direct descendant, Dacre Stoker.  In this new tale, which picks up decades after the ending of the original, the characters are being hunted down by something suspiciously vampiric.  Is Dracula still alive? er... undead? Or is someone else getting revenge on his bloodless behalf? 

Also, don't forget to check out the latest book by Charlaine Harris, Dead and Gone.  This vampire-loving series inspired the HBO series True Bloods.

But if you'd rather sink your teeth into some non-vampiric psychological terror this Halloween, try out these new titles:

Scary Books in Time for Halloween

Published on Friday, October 9, 2009

Check out our display of horror, mystery and paranormal books and dvds for patrons of all ages.  Give yourself a chill this Halloween.

Celebrate Teen Read Week by Writing Beyond Reality

Published on Thursday, October 8, 2009

To celebrate this year's theme for Teen Read Week: Read Beyond Reality, enter a writing contest for teens at Takoma Park!  Write your own ending for the best-selling "beyond reality" series, Twilight.  What do you think should have happened to Edward, Bella, Jacob, or the other characters?  Change an aspect of the story and submit your writing (1 - 3 pages in length) to Miss Heather by October 31.  The winner will receive a movie gift certificate!  Winner will be announced at our party celebrating the release of the New Moon movie on November 20.  (Look for party details in November.)  Questions? Call Miss Heather at 576-7252. 
Happy Writing!

Published on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"And Then Comes Halloween" book cover

Just in time for the season, the library has been receiving some new shipments of spooky books for the month of October and Halloween. One precious book takes the idea of the old woman who swallowed a fly and turns it into a monster who eats many strange and squiggly treats, one more bizarre than the next. We have a lot of great fall and Halloween books on display above the mantle, so please come in and check them out today!

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