Is your child learning to read? Through the DC Public Library, you can access multiple databases filled with video story books and ebooks that the children in your life will love to explore. If you know a child who's struggling with reading or one who is a visual learner, they will all find something to enjoy watching and reading along with in our Book Flix database.
If you are a preschool or elementary school educator, check out the lesson plans, too! Ideas for classroom activities and units are based on the themes and books - some titles are also available in Spanish.
To get started, choose a subject (for example, families and community, or animals and nature) and then your child can read a fictional video storybook paired with a non-fiction ebook about the topic. The words on the page will be highlighted as the narrator reads them, so children can listen and follow along. This is a great way to start learning the difference between stories and informational books.
Check out the many titles available on Book Flix and get your child reading along today!
National Bike Month in Washington, DC
Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
May is National Bike Month, and there are many ways to participate in the District and surrounding area! Many D.C. residents commute to work by bike, frequenting the city's ever growing number of bike lanes and the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs from Silver Spring directly to Union Station. Others enjoy the many bike trails the area has to offer such as the Mt. Vernon Trail, the Capital Crescent Trail, and the C&O Canal Trail.
Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 1 p.m. to hear an experienced guest speaker discuss how to start a business in D.C. Lean about the registration process, where you can find government resources, and more.
We also have a large selection of business books, most of which have been recently updated. Check out just a few of our great resources below, and you can be on your way to starting your own business!
Essay Contest Kick-off
Published on Monday, May 6, 2013
Come meet local resident and author Carolivia Herron on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
To kick off the Takoma Park Friends of the Library children's and teen's essay contest, "Takoma 2013-2063 In Your Own Words," Carolivia Herron will describe what life was like in Takoma 50 years ago. She will then give us ideas on how to describe life in Takoma today to a future resident of Takoma 50 years from now.
Published on Friday, April 26, 2013
Come celebrate El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros with a children's play: "I Call Her Little Red Riding Hood = Yo La Llamo Rusita Rojas."
Takoma Park Library will be hosting the play Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m.
Recommended for children pre-K through 2nd grade and their caregivers.
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
We continue our series on library databases this month with Legal Forms Online. This is a great, quick resource for District residents that I often tell people about. Are you writing a will? Renting out property? Popular forms for individuals include those for Power of Attorney and Wills and Estates. There are leases as well as forms for Landlord/Tenant issues. Do you need to change your maiden/married name or apply for a marriage license? You can download and print these forms with just a few clicks.
Be Inspired by National Poetry Month
Published on Monday, April 22, 2013
April is National Poetry Month, and therefore a great opportunity to put pen to paper and let your creativity flow! Join the NaPoWriMo movement and write a poem each day--it's not too late to get started. Try searching the Web for writing prompts and inspiration, or let the library support you.
Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Takoma Park Parent-Child Book Club is having a late meeting in April.
Please join us Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole.
Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption"
Published on Monday, March 25, 2013
The Takoma Park Book-To-Film Club is meeting next Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m.
This month, we are reading Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption," which is part of his collection titled Different Seasons. The story recounts clever Andy Dufresne's time in Shawshank prison, where he meets another prisoner known as Red. On Tuesday, we'll gather to watch the 1994 screen adaptation, The Shawshank Redepmtion, and discuss the similarities and differences between the two versions.
Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013
This posting marks a new monthly series featuring one of the many wonderful databases that we subscribe to at DC Public Library. Many customers don't realize all the online information they can access - for free, from home, 24/7 - with just their library card!