Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Heads Up! ASL story time

Published on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Due to our Library Associate, Ms. Ortiz, going on extended leave between April 23 and May 14, we will be having children's librarians from other DC Public Libraries cover our bilingual English-Spanish story time.

This story time takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Since these story times will be held by other librarians, they will not be bilingual. 

aslOne exception will be our story time on April 23. Our guest will provide us with a wonderful ASL story time.

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes every Wednesday, and be sure to say hola to Ms. Ortiz when she resumes bilingual story time in May!

Jubilee Jobs and You

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Job SeekersCome to this informational session on Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. and learn how Jubilee Jobs can help you move beyond poverty toward sustained self-sufficiency.

You’ll hear from Jubilee Jobs success story, George Burdine, how Jubilee Jobs places applicants in jobs and supports them after they’re hired so that they stay working.
Jubilee Jobs logo


Jubilee Jobs works with the following industries:

Globetrekking through Lit: Part 3!

Published on Monday, March 24, 2014

Wide Sargasso SeaI haven't made much progress since my last update.

However, I did begin reading the short novel by Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea.

'G I R L' by Pharell Williams

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's Baaaack...Pharell GIRL album coverThe Best of Freegal Music!

... and so is Pharell with his new album, G I R L! The ten-track studio album was released March 3 and Freegal has all the tracks available for you to stream and download. Here's the skinny on the album and some tracks you might love.

Spring Break

Published on Monday, March 17, 2014

Family Craft-ernoon will be taking a brief spring break at the beginning of May. Our last craft-ernoon will be April 19 at 2pm and we will resume on May 17.

Join us when we return on May 17 at 2 p.m. We will be making clothespin butterflies, our version of a craft taken from Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout The Year by Marie LeBaron.

Please join us, all ages are welcome!

The Fort Stevens Story

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book cover image of The Day Lincoln Was Almost ShotJoin us for an author talk by local historian and Washington native Dr. B. Franklin Cooling on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m..

Dr. Cooling has written many books on Civil War and military history, including The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story.  

Como Hacerse Ciudadano de los Estados Unidos

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Join us on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. for a citizenship informational session presented by CARECEN and the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library.

Participants will learn about: 

  • Eligibility requirements for naturalization 
  • Exceptions 
  • The steps of the process/timeline 
  • Documents/information needed to apply 
  • The interview and exam 
  • Citizenship resources and assistance 

The presentation will end with a Q&A session and distribution of citizenship related materials provided by USCIS.

Spring is coming!

Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014

For this weekend’s Craft-ernoon -- on March 8 at 2 p.m. -- we will all work together to create a collage that will be part of our spring-themed bulletin board in the children’s area. This craft differs in that we will not be producing something to take home.

However, our work will be on display for a few months up until summer. So you can come back anytime and revel in your creation!

Wear something green to get a special St. Patrick’s Day prize!

All ages welcome!

From our Takoma History File

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Example of a foursquare house
Imagine ordering your house through the mail. Imagine it arriving in a big box of boards, nails and window panes. You could put it together yourself or hire somebody to do it.  

This is what a lot of people did in Takoma in the early 20th century. A lot of these houses were of a design called ‘foursquare.’ Foursquare houses are typified by two stories and a wide pyramid-shaped roof (see image above).  You can see examples of these houses in Takoma near the library on 5th and Butternut streets. 

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Black History Month Craft-ernoon and made these beautiful designs. Here is how they came out! We used paper, glue and scissors to create these patterns with inspiration from the quilts from the community of Gee's Bend, Ala.

 We do a new craft every other Saturday at 2 p.m. - all are welcome!