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The Adventures of the Traveling Book Club

'Fences' by August Wilson

If you frequent the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, then you are probably aware of the many book clubs that we host to engage our community including, the What Did We Just Read Book Club, the Book to Film Club, the Urban Fiction Book Club and of course our

"A Void" by Georges Perec

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

June'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.

Mildred Pierce

Book-to-Film Club

'Mildred Pierce'

"Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter."

The Finkler Question

Adult Book Club

'The Finkler Question'

The Finkler Question is a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, ageing, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best. A staggeringly brilliant novel from bestselling and award-winning giant of literature, Howard Jacobson, shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

Bookcover of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Family Crafternoon

Make Your Own Cabinet of Wonder

In Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, 12-year old Ben keeps a collection of things that are important to him in a wooden box. After finding out about early museum collections and Cabinets of Wonder, Ben wonders whether he is a curator and whether his own Cabinet of Wonder is a museum box.

What's Your Favorite Animal

Awesome Animal Stories

To read alone or share with children

Are you an animal lover?  Here are some great animal reads with something for the youngest to the oldest, or both to share with each other.

"Spirit Hovering: poems" by Nancy Arbuthnot

Nancy Arbuthnot Reading

A Poetry Month celebration

As part of National Poetry Month, the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library is hosting a poetry reading on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. with local poet Nancy Arbuthnot. 

"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.

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