November 25, 2014

Come Meet Adam Brookes

Night HeronWednesday, December 10, 7:30 pm, at the Library.
Takoma Park Author Adam Brookes will talk about his espionage thriller, Night Heron, the move from journalism to fiction writing, the process of writing a first novel, the editing and publication process as experienced by a debut author, and the business of writing a sequel.

The novel draws on Brookes' years as a BBC News correspondent, reporting from China, Indonesia, and the United States.

Writing in The Washington Post, reviewer Patrick Anderson praised Night Heron as a "top-notch thriller" with a "suspenseful, persuasive story.".

Copies of Night Heron will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

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November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

foodThe library and computer rooms will be closed Thursday, the 27th, through Sunday, the 30th.

We'll have no MOOC Shakespeare this week, but will resume with Lear on the 7th and Winter's Tale on the 14th.

Posted by library at 11:44 AM

November 19, 2014

Library Redesign Public Meeting

Tuesday December 9 7:30 PM Takoma Park Maryland Library
Architects from The Lukmire Partnership will present options for a renovated and redesigned City library.

These design options are based on service priorities expressed through public input in focus groups and surveys during the January 2014 Needs Assessment, and a public meeting with the architects on October 8.

Please attend this important meeting, which will help determine how the Takoma Park Library will continue to thrive as a progressive public institution into the 21st. century.

For more information contact Ellen Robbins at the Library or 301-891-7258.

Posted by library at 03:08 PM

November 18, 2014

Takoma Junction

Takoma Park fire station
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30-9:30pm Community Open House on the Takoma Junction Proposals. Community Center.

Did you know that Manor Circle is named for the manor that once stood there?

That the building that houses the Co-op was once a Safeway grocery?

That the library was briefly located in a house at the intersection of Ethan Allen and Carroll? (Later demolished to make way for a gas station.)

Look through this Historic Takoma photo album

Posted by library at 10:27 AM

November 11, 2014


The Art of Mourning and Memory, a Smithsonian symposium, will be dedicated to art historian and educator Cynthia J. Mills who died earlier this year.

Takoma Park author and library supporter, her most recent work, Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery. was published posthumously in September. She edited Monuments to the lost cause : women, art, and the landscapes of southern memory which we have in the library.

The symposium will be live-cast.

Posted by library at 11:21 AM

November 10, 2014


A request for proposal for a new library software system was published today. Please visit the City website for more information.

This is the system that manages our catalog as well as check-ins and check-outs.

Posted by library at 12:08 PM

Veterans Day 2014

We will be closed Tuesday November 11th.

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November 06, 2014


We have Eyewitness Travel Guides available in digital editions. You can access them on your pad or phone wherever you have wireless access, or you can download sections as pdf files. You will need to log in with your Takoma Park library card number.

In the collection:

Alaska; Amsterdam; Argentina; Arizona & The Grand Canyon; Australia; Austria; Bali and Lombok; Barcelona & Catalonia; Beijing & Shanghai; Belgium and Luxembourg; Berlin; Boston; Brazil; Brittany; Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp; Budapest; Bulgaria; California; Cambodia & Laos; Canada; Canary Islands; Chicago; Chile and Easter Island; China; Corsica; Costa Rica; Cracow; Croatia; Cruise Guide to Europe and the Mediterranean; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech & Slovak Republics; Delhi, Agra & Jaipur; Denmark; Dordogne, Bordeaux & The Southwest Coast; Dublin; Eastern and Central Europe; Egypt; Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; Europe; Florence & Tuscany; Florida; France; Germany; Greece, Athens and The Mainland; Hawaii; Hungary; Ireland; Istanbul; Italy; Japan; Jerusalem, Israel, Petra and Sinai; Kenya; Las Vegas; Lisbon; Loire Valley; Loire Valley; London; Madrid; Malaysia & Singapore; Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza; Mexico; Milan and The Lakes; Morocco; Moscow; Munich & the Bavarian Alps; Naples and The Amalfi Coast; New England; New Orleans; New York City; New Zealand; Northern Spain; Norway; Pacific Northwest; Paris; Peru; Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country; Poland; Portugal; Prague; Provence & The Cote D'Azur; Rome; Russia; San Francisco and Northern California; Scotland; Seville and Andalusia; Sicily; Slovenia; South Africa; Southwest USA and Las Vegas; Spain; St. Petersburg; Stockholm; Sweden; Switzerland; Sydney; Thailand; Thailand's Beaches and Islands; The Greek Islands; The Italian Riviera; Tokyo; Turkey; Turkey's Southwest Coast; USA; Venice and the Veneto; Vienna; Washington, D.C.

Posted by library at 05:23 PM

November 03, 2014

Takoma Book Fair

The 6th annual book fair : Saturday, Nov. 15 2-5 pm at Trohv, 232 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC. Over 20 local authors -- from a wide range of genres -- will be selling and signing their books. It's a terrific opportunity to meet and chat with authors.

To learn about the authors, their books, participating restaurants, and more — look at the Main Street Takoma Facebook event page.

If you are a local Takoma Park author and would like to participate (a few spaces are left), email

Scheduled authors include:

Baker1. Beth Baker, With a Little Help from Our Friends--Creating Community as We Grow Older.

Rose Metal2. Abby Beckel, Rose Metal Press, an independent publisher of hybrid genres.

Bernstein3. Mark Bernstein, McCulloch of Ohio: For the Republic and John J. Gilligan: The Politics of Principle.

Brookes4. Adam Brookes, Night Heron.

Carter5. Theodore Carter, The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob.

Cassedy6. Ellen Cassedy, We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.

7. Hank Cox, Conversations With The Devil.

Kahn8. Alison Kahn, with photographs by Peggy Fox, Patapsco: Life Along Maryland’s Historic River Valley.

Leffler9. Merrill Leffler, Mark the Music.

Miller10. Sue Katz Miller, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family.

Meleney11. Bodil P. Meleney, Rønnaug Petterssen – The Artist and Her Dolls.

Phinney12. Luc Phinney, Compass.

Prentice13. Joshua Prentice (Joshua Gray), Principles of Belonging.

Rumbaugh14. Pat Rumbaugh, Let's Play at the Playground.

Schewe15. Phillip F. Schewe, Maverick Genius.

Scribner16. Megan Scribner, Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach.

Sener17. John Sener, The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World.

18. Steve Taravella, Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before.

19. Susi Wyss, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet.

Posted by library at 06:49 PM

Voting 2014

Need information? We have guides from the League of Women Voters available on the counter in the reference room. The guide is also available online.

Do you know where to vote? Use this lookup tool.

Posted by library at 02:40 PM
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