Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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!

Create a LinkedIn Profile and learn how to use it!

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

technologyIn March, the Takoma Park Job Seeker's Clinic will feature "Get LinkedIn!," a workshop focused on the perks of the networking website and some tips on how to use it. Social media is an integral part of the job search process in modern society, and LinkedIn can help you network, find jobs, and connect with employers past and present. Using LinkedIn has many advantages, including:

Globetrekking through lit!

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

Last month, I announced a New Year's resolution I was starting: To read a book or piece of literature by an author from every country in the world. I marked off some countries with authors that I had already read and when I wrote last time, I was beginning with the novel Disgrace, by South African writer J.M. Coetzee. My list of completed reads has expanded, and here is an update!

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

Image of Black Studies Center databaseCelebrate Black History Month at the Takoma Park Library with a research tour through the rich collections in our Black Studies Center database. We'll meet on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Learn about this fascinating multimedia database while competing for prizes in a research scavenger hunt. 

Whether you are a student of black history or are just curious about a particular topic, come and familiarize yourself with some of the quality digital resources that are available to you with your DC Public Library card.

For more information, call Pete at the Takoma Park Library at 202-576-7252.

Learn about African American artists

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. for a Black History Month-themed Craft-ernoon!

We will learn about the history of the Gee’s Bend quilters from Alabama and take inspiration from their patterns to create paper quilts!

This craft is for all ages. So please come, and learn some African American art history!

Gee's Bend Quilt