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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!

New Arrivals

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nappy Hair book coverThis morning, instead of our regular preschool story time, we are proudly presenting local Takoma Park author Carolivia Herron, author of Nappy Hair and other children's books. She will present a story session this morning at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2009

We had a great first meeting for our adult book group at the library. We will be discussing The Sister by Poppy Adams on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend, even if you missed tonight's initial meeting. Place your own hold on the book, or call 202-576-7252 and we'll order you a copy. Hope to see you there!

Check out this review from Publishers Weekly:

Published on Monday, September 14, 2009
We have a busy week this week at Takoma Park Library, not to mention an exciting one. Our adult book club debuts on Thursday, and we also have our regular programming. This week is the last week to sign up for the Silver Screen book club (September session).

Also, please note, we are getting new books in adult and children's so please stop by to see the new book shelves today.

Published on Friday, September 11, 2009
For all of you fans of silly and fun children's fiction, come in and celebrate Roald Dahl month. September is dedicated to the amazing and imaginative storyteller. He was born on September 13, so it is only fitting for that day to be known as Roald Dahl day.

To celebrate this special author, the Takoma Park Library is doing a few things. Our first installment of the Silver Screen Book Club features a book by Dahl. We will be having a book discussion and a film screening relating to Dahl's book about a boy and a magic peach. There is still time to sign up. The film screening and book talk will take place on Tuesday, September 22, at 6 p.m. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Come into the library, or call the children's room (202) 576-7486 for more details.

Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We received a new shipment of children’s books in Spanish today. We have a few new board book titles, picture books and nonfiction books in Spanish. These titles will be a great addition to our bilingual section. Please come in to check them out today. When my Spanish skills get a little better we will have a bilingual story time. I promise!

New Board Books

  • El pequeno Edu no se aburre nunca by Linne Bie
  • Que’ esconde el pequeno Edu by Linne Bie
  • El pequeno Edu va al pediatra by Linne Bie
  • Juana y los Colores by Ana Maria Gil
  • Juana y los Posiciones by Ana Maria Gil
  • Juana y los Tamanos by Ana Maria Gil

New Picture Books

Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fall is finally starting to show itself, even if just a smidge! This pleases me immensely, as I am quite fond of Fall weather (not to mention Fall fashion.) I hope the changing season finds you in good spirits as well. We have a few upcoming events this week at the library, including our weekly Pre-K story time for three- to five-year-olds as well as the new Teen Gaming Club. Our story time this week will focus on shapes and colors. I have a great flannel board planned as well as some interesting concept books. Our Young Adult Librarian, Miss Heather, has some great ideas for game night.