Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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.

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.