Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

"Wild Washington: animal sculptures A to Z/ poems" by Nancy Arbuthnot

Wild Washington! With Nancy Arbuthnot

A poetic tour of Washington, D.C.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library is hosting local poet Nancy Arbuthnot, on hand to read from her book, Wild Washington: Animal Sculptures A to Z/ Poems

"A girl is a half-formed thing" by Eimear McBride

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

May's Meeting

Do you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?” What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from A to B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C.

Under the Volcano

Modern Tragic Heroes

Is redemption possible?

Protagonists in modern novels are often deeply flawed. Similar to the Greek tragic heroes of old, these modern heroes are undone by aspects of their personality, such as a propensity to live in the past or a desire for immortality. All of the main characters in this list have failed. The questions are whether and how they can redeem themselves.

"Divergent"

Teen Movie Night

'Divergent'

We're hosting a screening party for Divergent in honor of the recent theatrical release of Insurgent, with snacks and Insurgent-themed giveways!

"Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine

A Contemporary Celebration of National Poetry Month

Six books that show contemporary poetry's range

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I've compiled a brief list of six (roughly) contemporary books of poetry that help display the range of styles, content, and ambitions that poetry offers readers today. With more poets writing now than perhaps any preceding age, it's literally impossible to read and enjoy all that the last couple of years have produced, let alone the last few decades. But never fear! There are poems to satisfy just about any reading appetite, and the DC Public Library has an excellent collection to choose from. 

"My Boyfriend's Wife Part 1" by Mychea

'My Boyfriend's Wife Part 1' with Author Mychea

Urban Fiction Book Club

Do you enjoy the rise and fall of powerful crime families in your fiction? How about salacious, sinful love interests and unabashedly immoral protagonists? Or women characters who take what they want when they want it and men who turn their tears into vengeful bullets? Then you may be an urban fiction fan!

The Artful Year book cover

Family Craft-ernoon

Spring is here!

Join us as we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring! We will make bluebird paperchains from Jean Van't Hul's book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes. This activity is for all-ages, and will run from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.  We look forward to seeing you!

Experimental Book

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

April's Meeting

Do you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?” What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from A to B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C.

Image of woman thinking

Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.

Experimental Book

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

Six Months In

So, what did we read the past six months? The first book to leave us scratching our heads was Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.

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