May 30, 2012

E-readers and privacy

If you are reading library books on a Kindle, please look at this. Amazon is monitoring your reading.

If you care about the recording of people's reading habits, you can instead choose an e-book reader that doesn't connect directly to the Internet, or one that lets you turn the connection off: Sony, Kobo, Aluratek, etc. And probably Nook.

If you want to check out e-books, you can do so online with library card numbers from PG, Montgomery, DC and Arlington. Takoma Park residents are entitled to free cards from all of them. Just be sure to find out your PIN when you pick up your card.

If you want to use your device to access digital books, magazines, etc. as streaming media, or sitting in the cloud instead of downloaded, please try our many offerings. Although they require a tablet, computer, e-reader or smart phone, as well as an Internet connection, no information linking you to the text is being saved. And you won't have to wait for anything, we allow multiple, simultaneous access.
Here is a list of possibilities. (Continued below)

Reference books plus kids' Eyewitness books

Online Fiction (and a little non-fiction)Magazines and NewspapersResearch resources (information from both reference books and databases)Book Reviews

Posted by library at 01:54 PM

May 25, 2012

We're Open Saturday

The Library will be open regular hours -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- on Saturday. Come on in and check out some books, magazines, music CDs and audiobooks to enjoy through the Memorial Day weekend.

The Library's Computer Center, however, will be closed on Saturday. It is located in the Takoma Park Community Center, which is closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.

Posted by at 02:47 PM

May 04, 2012

Spring 12 Book Sale

Book Sale returns in May!

The Friends of the Library will hold their semi-annual book sale on Saturday May 19, on the Library grounds from 10 am to 3 p.m.

The Friends book sales provide a rare opportunity to find terrific bargains to give as gifts or to add to your own library. We will have fiction and non-fiction for all ages in superb condition at low prices.

The Friends book sales are one of the most important sources of revenue for the Friends, and all proceeds go to the Library in the form of gifts. The Friends have funded a variety of public programs, including Spanish and French Circle Time, our unique summer reading program for children, lanyards for kids’ library cards, new e-resources for adults and children, and many research tools, now available on-line.

We always need volunteers to help out at the sale, in two-hour shifts between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. Service learning hours are available for high school students – and adult volunteers have an opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon meeting their neighbors, as well as helping their community Library. For information on volunteering at the book sale, contact Ellen Robbins at or at 301-891-7258.

Thanks to all those who donated really beautiful books.

Book donations will be accepted through May 15. Donated books must be of general interest, in good condition, and must be brought by appointment if there are more than three boxes. Donated books cannot be accepted at the sale.

Posted by library at 04:39 PM
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