Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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

Stand out from the crowd with top-notch interview skills

Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How many other people are applying for your dream job? Chances are, you have stiff competition, with lots of people interested in only one position. So, why do you deserve the job? You'll need to be able to answer that for yourself before you can convince an employer! 

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 1-3 p.m., at the Takoma Park Library for an employment workshop that focuses on new techniques and essential skills to put you above the rest.

Published on Monday, January 27, 2014

Kick off Black History Month with a celebration of African flannel boards, rhymes, stories and songs at Takoma's various story times. 

We're doing it again!

Published on Thursday, January 23, 2014

In honor of Dr. King's legacy, we will be decorating templates to be part of a large mural at the central MLK library downtown. We will decorate doves, peace signs, and the word "peace" as well as sign pledges to promote peace in our daily lives. 

Let's contribute to something bigger than our small branch at Takoma Park, and show the Martin Luther King branch that we want to promote peace! 

Not able to make it on Saturday? Please feel free to stop in anytime before Saturday, Jan. 25. 

Martin Luther King Jr.