Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library


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.

Family Craft-ernoon

Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
pumpkin mask
This Saturday we made masks out of construction paper and various craft supplies. 

This is part of our on-going family program, Family Craft-ernoons, every other Saturday 1-2 p.m. Our next craft-ernoon will be Nov. 2!

Stay tuned to see what we will be making. In the meantime, check out what we did last week!

pumpkin mask2

Story Times and Party

Published on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Humbug Witch by Lorna BalianCome get in the mood and celebrate the week of Halloween at the Takoma Park Library!

We will kick off the week with a Monster PJ Story Time on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, we will have a Witch Story Time at 10:45 a.m. We will end the week with a Halloween Party on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a costume contest, fortune telling and ghost story time for ages 10 and younger. 

Pumpkin Masks

Published on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. as we make masks that look like pumpkins -- or jack-o-lanterns -- you decide!

Using construction paper, crayons and other materials, we will create fun masks for the changing season, or for Halloween. Participants will, with the help of their parents, cut out their patterns and decorate the masks however they see fit. This activity is designed to be open-ended to give the most creative license to our crafters.

For ages 10 and younger.
pumpkin mask

Trick or treat!

Published on Monday, October 7, 2013

Trick or treat! Come visit us on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. for our Halloween Party.

Activities will include:

  • Fortune telling by Ms. Fergruesome and her Oracle
  • Costume Contest/ Costume Fashion Show
  • Ghost-Story Time
  • and... candy apples! Plus other refreshments for the less toothy. :)

Ages 10 and younger

candy apples

It was a hit!

Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Dancers from the Maru Montero company

This Saturday, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Maru Montero dancers to our library in honor of Hispanic Heritage.  They showed us some beautiful dance moves and taught us a little bit about their traditional garb. We were also graced by Mr. Valdez and his band, who serenaded us as we ate delicious food prepared by DC Public Library staff and funded by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library.

Pupusas, horchata, tamales, arroz con gandules, arroz con leche, polvorones, frijoles, crema -- we had a feast!

Crafts for the whole family!

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013

Let's celebrate fall with a family craft! Starting Saturday, Oct. 5 and continuing every other Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Family Craft-ernoon is an hour to make various arts and crafts projects.

To start off the program, we will be making leaf collages, drawing inspiration from the beautiful fall foliage.

Learn what trees are in our neighborhood and what their leaves look like!
gingko tree leaves

Story Time changes

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013

It's Story Time @ your library graphicThe Takoma Park branch story times will change along with the library's new hours.  Our Pajama and Stuffed Animal Story Time will shift to Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in front of the fireplace.  Children are welcome to come in pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal to listen to rhymes, stories, and songs.

Lap Time will move to Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.  Babies and Toddlers are invited with their caregivers to enjoy bounces, rhymes, songs and stories.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with us on Saturday, Sept. 28 starting at 1 p.m. 

We will kick off with the Maru Montero dancers performing at 1 p.m. There will be face painting of various Latin American flags, Spanish and English bilingual story-time, and live guitar music. There will even be some samples of Salvadoran and Puerto Rican cuisine (thanks to our Friends of the Takoma Park Library and to some of our staff.) 

This event is free and open to all ages, so please join us as we celebrate the legacy of Latin Americans in the United States.  Questions? Call us at 202-576-7252. In case of rain, we will bring the event indoors.

Here's a photo from our last Hispanic Heritage Festival:

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMHTakoma Park's Parent-Child Book Club will be meeting a week later this month, due to the Labor Day holiday and the activities surrounding the beginning of school. 

So if you haven't yet picked up your copy of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien, there's still time to stop by and grab one.  

Please join us Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Children's Room for Reader's Theater and a book discussion.