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Compare and contrast books with their big-screen counterparts

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

great gatsbyAre you a film critic?
Is the book always better than the movie?
Do you like to read the book before you see the movie, or see the movie before you read the book?

Join the Takoma Park Library's Book to Film Club for monthly discussions on novels and their movie adaptations. Each month, the Club reads a novel that has been turned into a film. We meet to view the movie together, then have a lively discussion about our reactions to both the film and book.

The meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month and all are welcome to attend. Be sure to grab a copy of this month's book from a staff member, or call the branch at 202-576-7252. 

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

oam logoMay is Older Americans Month. Since 1963, our nation has designated this month as a time to celebrate the many contributions of older Americans and to focus attention on staying healthy and active.

From 1963 until 1973, May was referred to as Senior Citizens Month. In May 1974, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month. 

Each year, the Administration for Community Living, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, selects a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on injury prevention.

Cereal box puzzles!

Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014

frosted flakes cereal box cut upHi, there!

Join us this Saturday as we use cereal boxes to create large-sized puzzles. I will provide the cereal boxes.

You can use the image already provided by the cereal box (the front cover design), or create your own design using paint to decorate. We will then mark out how we will cut up our puzzles into pieces!

Once again, all ages are welcome and the program will be from 2-3 p.m., Saturday, April 5.

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.