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The Birth Partner


Books About (Mostly) Natural Childbirth

While no childbirth experience is probably "by the book," reading others' experiences and some professional tips can be empowering and encouraging. These books focus mostly on encouraging natural childbirthing methods and outline some of the difficulties with unneeded medical intervention in the process. However, as all these books will point out, part of the birthing process for many women is learning that they are not in control, and so there is also information here about what happens when medical intervention is called for.

American Psycho

Down with the King

Great Horror Novels by Authors Other Than Stephen King

Yes, we all know that Stephen King is the reading world’s Master of Horror and Sultan of Scare, and that he can churn out books faster than I can write this list, but he doesn’t own the market on tales of terror.

Angela's Ashes

When I Was a Kid...

Memoirs and biographies of childhood.

Our past experiences set a foundation for the rest of our lives and shape who we are today.  Growing up and coming of age is not easy no matter the circumstances, and readers of the following books will see that there is no such thing as an ordinary childhood.  Some of these experiences may be perceived as familiar and conjure nostalgia, while others will provide reason for thoughtful insight and gratitude.  These autobiographical tales of youth are sure to inspire and enchant, and to evoke both sorrow and cheer.    

Takoma Reads

'The Things They Carried'

It’s Takoma Reads, the podcast where the once and current staff of the Takoma Park Library get together and chat about books.  

Modern library on Writing Workshop

NaNoWriMo Month Inspiration

Reviews of Books on Writing

Several guides to writing have been selected by the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Committee. Here are reviews of four of these books that can help you on your journey to writing a novel. Beyond the First Draft: the art of fiction, by John Casey, W.W. Norton & Company: New York, 2014

Elephant Coloring Page

The Adult Coloring Club!

Get your color on

Are you a grown-up? Do you take “adult-ing” way too seriously? Do you miss your old pack of crayons? Are you ready to just unwind? Join the Northeast Neighborhood Library for Adult Coloring! It’s time to kick back, relax and be a kid again! Believe it or not, coloring for adults is all the rage. The following is from the New York Times article, "Trendy but Calm: Adult Coloring Books Selling Like Crazy":

Afternoon Freewrite

Afternoon Freewrite

Express Yourself

Sometimes the best way to express yourself is with a nice cup of coffee, a pen, some paper and some good ole' writing. Starting September 16, join the Northeast Neighborhood Library for an "Afternoon Freewrite." Here, you will have the opportunity to let your thoughts and ideas flow freely...onto the page, of course.   This program is held every Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m., in the conference room on the mezzanine level.

Bark George

Phonological Awareness

Early Literacy tips for parents and caretakers of young children

Researchers say that there are six skills that are important for children to learn before they are ready to read:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Magical Books for Muggles and Wizards

Readalikes for Harry Potter fans

Are you one of the many readers who finished the Harry Potter series and you don’t know what to read next? Good news: life goes on after you finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

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Summer Reading Block Party

Calling all heroes!

We’ve come to the end of our summer reading program, so let’s party! A block party, that is. Join us on Sunday, Aug. 30 2-5 pm for fun activities and stories and to claim your summer reading prizes! We’ll be set up outside of the library on 7th Street NE between D Street NE and the alley.  Event line up: Get your face painted with cool designs Choose from options of balloon twisting designs Watch guest master storyteller Arianna Ross perform on the patio area 3-4 p.m. Make hero-themed crafts