Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Saturday, August 29, 2009

DucksDespite warnings of a looming thunderstorm, the sun peeked out at 11 a.m., and our summer reading roundup party went off without a hitch! It was a great event to celebrate the accomplishments of all of our summer readers. We had a duck pond, a ball toss, sidewalk chalk art, kites, and refreshments. We had over 75 people attend! It was a great afternoon. I would like to give a special thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Library, the library staff, and last, but certainly not least, our awesome customers! Thanks for making today so special.

Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Summer Reading RoundupSince it is the first week of school, the library is taking a little breather from programming during this week. We only have one regular program scheduled. However, we do have our Summer Reading Roundup Party this weekend. All of those summer readers who completed the program (read 6 books or more and turned in their reading lists to a librarian) are invited to attend our party. There is no rain date for this party, so if we have rainy weather the party is canceled. This celebration is just for those participants who registered at Takoma Park.

Published on Friday, August 21, 2009

It's that time of the year again when teachers are getting their classrooms ready and children are getting all those school supplies together. September is just around the corner. You know what that means! Wait...did you say back to school? Well, yeah, it means back to school. But, really, what I was going to say, is that when I think September, I think MUSHROOMS!

Published on Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Children’s Room at the Takoma Park Library has been busier than ever this summer. Along with summer reading registration and special summer reading performers, we have also been keeping up with our regular programs.  Programs such as Preschool Story Time, Crafternoon (see photo), and Pajama Story Time have been popular this summer, and we will continue them into the fall.  We also added one new program this summer, Art in the Afternoon.

It is our hope to continue providing diverse and exciting programs into the school year.  In addition to our regular programming, a lot of new program ideas are in the works.  Below, you will see two that are starting this fall.

Published on Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a grant from the District of Columbia Humanities Council.  Earlier this summer Children’s Librarian Lindsay Halkola wrote a grant to secure funding for the preservation of the Takoma History File.  The D.C. Humanities Council provided funding for the library to acquire proper archival storage and exhibit space for the Takoma History File.  The Friends of the Takoma Park Library are also providing funding. Halkola will serve as the project director and will be in charge of organizing, cataloging and displaying the collection.  At the end of the grant cycle in October she will host a history night at Takoma Park Neighborhood Library to celebrate the collection and local history.  The date has not been set for this program yet.

Published on Thursday, July 30, 2009

A few months ago the renovation of the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library was completed. The branch closed in October 2008 for a six-month, $1.95 million renovation, and it reopened in March of this year. The renovation included the development of a vestibule entry that reflects the original style as well as a full restoration of the woodwork, improved lighting, a new layout and floor plan, replications of original furniture, and external work on the masonry and metal. The renovation is a wonderful example of retaining historical authenticity while at the same time offering modern conveniences such as additional computers, a cutting edge collection, enhanced media offerings, and furniture and wiring conducive to laptop usage.

Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kids love animated, talking picture books, which teach the joy of reading.  TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which the parent can read to the child, or the child can have read to them via an audio soundtrack.

The site also offers word searches and other puzzles and games.

Some titles are available in Spanish and others in French.

Published on Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Library recently completed an extensive “makeover” of this building. The makeover included preservation and restoration of original interior finishes; installation of more appropriate lighting, furniture and floor coverings; elevator improvements; and electrical and fire alarm upgrades.

Exterior work included restoration of doors, windows and trim; installation of historically-appropriate exterior lighting; masonry cleaning and repointing; and extensive landscape improvements. The initial phase of makeover involved renovation of the restrooms, which was completed in June 2008.

Originally slated to take six months, the project was completed a full month ahead of schedule. The library reopened on Tuesday, March 10.