Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

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photo image of a copy of Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

Ritual in Writing Practice

Gertrude Stein, 'Tender Buttons,' poetry, and tea

In honor of the impending meeting of the "What Did We Just Read?!"  Book Club and the title to be discussed this month, Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein, I engaged in "a perplexing, provacative, and possibly exasperating mediatation on the common object and langague itself," in the form of a written poem. 

sun catcher

Family Craft-ernoon

Valentine's Day card and poems!

Family Craft-ernoon is back, just in time for Valentine's Day! This weekend we will have two activities, for adults and children. Children may celebrate the holiday by making fun sun-catcher valentines for a loved one. We will use construction paper and tissue paper to make these decorative treasures. There will also be books of love poems for parents to browse through, and a recording station set up to make a personal Valentine's Day message for someone special! We hope to see you all on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

Oryx and Crake cover

Adult Book Club

'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood

Join our Adult Book Club every third Thursday of the month. We have a lively group discussion for an hour and read mostly literary fiction titles. Members vote on the next book to read each month. February's selection is Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: A novel of the future that explores a world devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.


The Best of Freegal Music

'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s new album, Black Messiah, has been released after a 14-year hiatus by the R&B singer, making it his fourth studio album.

"Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

February's Book

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!


Black History Month Children's Open Mic!

Writing Workshop

Join us as we host a children's writing workshop in anticipation of the Black History Month Children's Open Mic (Feb. 10). Through this event, we are inviting children to celebrate Black History Month in a variety of ways: write a brief biography about an influential African-American; research passages/poetry by a favorite African American author; or


Black History Month Children's Open Mic!

Join the Takoma DC Public Library and Takoma Recreation Center, for an evening of children’s literature performances! We are inviting children to celebrate Black History Month in a variety of ways: Share a brief biography about an influential African-American; Recite passages/poetry by a favorite African American author; or Present your own original piece of writing inspired by Black History Month (poetry, prose, short story, autobiography, etc.)! For more information, or to RSVP, please email Janelle.ortiz@dc.gov.

Instant DCPL

7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but dclibrary.org is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

torn paper picture

Family Craft-ernoon!

Winter wonderland!

Come by on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. and make beautiful winter wonderland scenes!  We will be using torn-paper, glitter, cottonballs, and other fun materials to create fun winter-themed art.  This activity is for children of all ages!  We hope to see you there! For more information, call 202-576-7252.

book cover of Wide-Awake Princess by Baker

Child/Parent Book Club

Start off the new year with a resolution to join the Child/Parent Book Club with your 2nd-5th grader. On Jan. 8, at 7 pm. .elementary students and interested parents will discuss The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker. How many fairy tale characters will you recognize?