Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Toddler crawling through play tunnelCome celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve with a Holiday Play time at the library! 

Instead of our regular Lap Time and Story Time, we will have free play with a mirror tent, tunnel and lots of toys for babies and preschoolers from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Enjoy some holiday cheer with your neighbors and children over Winter Break and play with stackables, block puzzle, things that spin and twirl, mirrors, balls, make chains... and don't forget, we'll also have some age appropriate books on display for check out! 

How much do you know?

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Image of the United States Capitol Building - which you can tour for freeHave friends or family visiting for the holidays?  New to the area?  Just want to learn more about your city?

Tammy Belden, local tour guide, will provide a brief history of the District along with some entertaining local stories, and some good suggestions for exploring today. Join us on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
The District of Columbia was almost no one's “first choice” for the new nation's capital. It had a rocky start, and when the British invaded in 1814, Congress considered abandoning the city and moving elsewhere. The Civil War years provide another tumultuous chapter in our story.

Blue Sky Puppet Theater

Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Friends of the Takoma Park Library is sponsoring a special presentation of Pigs at the Pole by Blue Sky Puppet Theater! Be sure to come Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. for some holiday fun.

Santa puppet

Santa's in trouble...the elves have the flu...presents need to be made...he calls for help!!!

Who responds?

OH NO!! It's The Three (not so) Little Pigs! Christmas has never been in this much trouble! These pigs have a lot to learn about cooperation and working together.


Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This Saturday, Nov. 30, we will be making snowflake ornaments to hang on doors, trees, or even wreaths. The possibilities are endless, and so is the fun!

Please join us from 1-2 p.m. 

Materials include pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and, of course, glitter!
popsicle snowflake

Events for All Ages

Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Every DC Public Library branch is planning a special Sunday event to get the word out about our new Sunday hours. Sunday, Dec. 8 will be the Takoma Park branch celebration. We have something for everyone!

Check out our event lineup:
1-5 p.m. Digital Bar. Browse the latest collection of ereader devices and how you can get digital library content.

1-2 p.m. American Sign Language Story Time with craft activity. There will also be PAL (People Animals Love) therapy dogs available to interact with children. 

2-3 p.m. Performance by Grammy nominated Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon. Instruments include the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion.)

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Published on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Amaya and Kyle as penguinsFor November, the Parent-Child Book Club read Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater.  It was very well liked by the children.

While discussing the book, and how Mr. Popper believed that travel broadened the mind, two readers informed me that they had traveled outside of the country.  One reader thought it would be fun to have a couple penguins, another wasn't so sure. Everyone enjoyed the Reader's Theater.

Published on Monday, November 18, 2013

Check out our turkeys! These are some of the turkeys made during this week's Family Craft-ernoon project.

turkey turkey

Join us next time at 1 p.m. on Nov. 30!

You could win tickets to see P!nk in concert!

Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cover art for P!nk's album FunhouseGrammy award winner Alecia Beth Moore (better known as P!nk) is just a library card and a click away! P!nk is coming to Washington, D.C. with her The Truth About Love tour, and you're invited. Yes, you! Library customers can log into the DC Public Library’s music site Freegal at and enter to win free tickets to a P!nk or Beyonce concert between Nov. 1 and Dec. 7, 2013.  

Turkey Hands

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
turkey hand

Now that we are getting Halloween out of the way, what's up next?

Thanksgiving, of course!

Come create this classic Thanksgiving craft with us on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. We will be using the silhouette of our hands to create cute turkey decorations from construction paper.

Ages 10 and younger.


Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

kids euro festival logoWant to see some fantastic UK short films for children and families?

Come to the Takoma Park Library on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.

The British Council Film is partnering with FILMCLUB to showcase some UK short film gems from the last five years, including animation, live action and documentary.

The film screenings will be followed by an interactive workshop with Jerome Monohan.