Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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.

'The Parade' (Parada) at Takoma Park

Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

paradeDC Public Library has the privilege of presenting, in collaboration with the Global Film Initiative, this year's Global Lens Film series. This is a series of 10 award-winning feature films from Brazil, China, Chile, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, India, Serbia and Mexico. The 2013 films premiered at New York's Museum of Modern Art in January, and will play in 35 cities throughout the United States and Canada during the rest of the year.

(the students, that is!)

Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Get Free Homework HelpIt’s time to go back to school and back to your library!

On the first day that DC public schools were in session, a flood of kids in identical polo shirts came through our doors at 3:30 p.m. sharp.  Some of them had been killing time with us this summer; others only darken our doors between September and May. While I’m having trouble admitting that summer is over, it was good to welcome back the familiar faces and the start of a fresh school year! 

As we all ease into the fall semester, remember your DC Public Library staff is here to help you with your homework needs:

It's already August, but it's not too late for a summer getaway!

Published on Friday, August 23, 2013

We travel for fun, adventure, relaxation, and to escape our routine. Some people enjoy travelling to places they've never been before, while others prefer their annual trek to the same place they've been vacationing for years. Some prefer the hustle and bustle of cities, while others prefer the solitude of beaches, mountains, or forests. Wherever you go and however you get there, a good vacation read is part of any enjoyable trip! For some of us, catching up on our reading is what vacation is all about!

What are your favorite books to read when in a foreign country? Or while lying on a beach?

What's the best book to read (or listen to!) when road-tripping across the country?

And what makes a novel a good vacation novel? Is it light-hearted and funny? Is it about adventure and travel? Is it an undertaking you've been putting off?

A new novelist makes his debut

Published on Friday, August 16, 2013

If I hadn't been drawn by the beauty of this book's cover, I would have missed out on a unique and daring read. 
Mario Alberto Zambrano debuts with Loteriaan unfamiliar take for a novel. Zambrano's creative use of a deck of loteria cards - which can be best explained as Mexican Bingo - helps unfold the dark journey which has led the-11 year-old protagonist to her current situation as a ward of the state of Texas.