Takoma Park
Neighborhood Library

Library Associate/Artist Janelle Ortiz

Takoma Park's Own Artist!

Janelle Ortiz

DC Public Library staff have all kinds of talents and passions and expertise, and sometimes those extracurricular skills intersect with their jobs at the library in a big way. 

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Family Craft-ernoon

Create your own Summer Reading Super Hero!

Have you heard about Summer Reading yet? If not, then join us for a Summer Reading themed craft-ernoon! This year we have a Super Hero theme: Every Hero Has A Story. For Saturday's craft we will create our own superheroes and get signed up for Summer Reading. Already signed up? Great! We would love for you to create your own superhero as well, and claim prizes for your reading if you haven't already! Halfway completion prizes include placemats and books, and final prizes include books, Chipotle coupons and Nationals tickets!

"No reservations: around the world on an empty stomach" by Anthony Bourdain

Around the World in Ten Books

A summer reading list

If you’ve spent time on the Mall recently, you know: The summer tourist season has begun. Hopefully, your summer reading has, too.  

Of Mice and Men

Book to Film Club

'Of Mice and Men'

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”  ― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences. As always, there will be popcorn. Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Daniel posing with his newspaper tower

Parent-Child Book Club

Summer Reading recommendations

At right, Daniel poses with his newspaper tower that he created at the May Book Club's newspaper challenge.


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.