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Notes from staff and users of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

Published: 2016-04-12T16:14:47-05:00


Books That Some People Really Don't Like


Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the most challenged books in schools and libraries. The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include: Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited...

Upcoming Authors - Spring 2016


Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm – Author/illustrator Henry Cole talks about his new picture book, Spot the Cat Sunday, April 24, 3 pm – Author/illustrator Lulu Delacre reads and discusses her new bilingual alphabet book, Olinguito, From A to Z!...

Dancing Cats and Dinosaurs


Thursday February 25 at 7:30 - author/artist Bob Shea will introduce Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! (He is also the author of the Dinosaur vs all sorts of things series) Kirkus Review...

Upcoming Author Programs


Monday February 1st 2016: Kwame Alexander (who could metro here) will talk about his first picture book, Surf's Up, as well as his recent Newbery Medal book The Crossover Thursday February 4th 2016: Gareth Hinds (who can walk here) will...

Book Club Selection


The next book discussion: The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30 in the Hydrangea Room of the Community Center....

Our Banned-Elsewhere Books


What were the most challenged or banned books of 2014? In the United States. (It takes The American Library Association a while to compile the statistics.) We have all of these books except A Stolen Life. Click on the cover...

Typhoid Mary


Deadly by Julie Chibbaro  reviewed by Gabriela  In the book Deadly, Julie Chabbaro investigates the story of Typhoid Mary. Prudence Galewski, a 19-year-old woman, becomes an assistant to Mr. Soper, a man who works in a laboratory at the...

Across the Fence


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne  reviewed by Andrea  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a story about Bruno, a nine year old boy who lives in Berlin in 1944. He does not know about...

Wings of Fire


The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland  reviewed by Josh  Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy is an enthralling fantasy. The idea of having multiple dragon types is very smart and only adds to the book. I liked this...



Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal  reviewed by Kie  Have you ever played a video game by yourself or with friends? Do you or someone else you know consider themselves a gamer? It is currently the 21st century, and...

Prom King


Carrie by Stephen King  reviewed by Lintaro  The book Carrie is about a girl who is bullied and develops psychokinetic powers due to the bullying she faces. However, she gets one chance to go to the prom with the...

Tom and Huck


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain  reviewed by Nati  Tom Sawyer is a very adventurous and funny book at the same time. It is a classic book, but it is still interesting to today's readers. Tom starts...

DIY Birds


Aviary Wonders Inc. by Kate Samworth  reviewed by Eli  Are you bored, uninspired, or just in need of a friend? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Aviary Wonders Inc. Is the book for you. Aviary...



Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan  reviewed by Valerie  In most books, the poor, but incredibly kind main character goes from rags to riches. In this case, Esperanza goes from riches to rags as a tragedy hits her family...

The Donovan Effect


Ungifted by Gordon Korman  reviewed by Alicia  Ungifted by Gordon Korman is one of the most intriguing books I've read. Publishers Weekly calls it "Funny and insightful" It includes a change of point of view alternating between characters. Ungifted...