News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Two Great Upcoming Library Events!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Takoma Park Maryland Library has two amazing author events coming up in late August!

Kate DiCamillo

Mark your calendars to meet a true children’s literature star! Author Kate DiCamillo – the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – will speak on Friday, August 29 at 7:00 pm (calendar) at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. DiCamillo won the 2014 Newbery Medal for her book “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” and she’ll talk about that book, her 2004 Newbery Medal-winning book “The Tale of Despereaux,”  her latest book, “Leroy Ninker Saddles Up,” and more. DiCamillo will sign books at the end of the program; books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore. But no purchase is necessary to attend this free – and very special! – program.

Peter Brown

Award-winning children’s book author/artist Peter Brown will speak about his newest book, “My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I Am Not!),” on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 pm (calendar) at the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Brown’s program will include a drawing demonstration.  Brown is the creator of such popular picture books as “The Curious Garden,” “Children Make Terrific Pets,” the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book “Creepy Carrots,” and “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” the winner of the 2014 Boston Globe Horn Book Picture Book Award. Brown’s books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.

See you there!

Flower Avenue Green Street Project

Friday, July 11, 2014

Please join City of Takoma Park staff and designers at Wilkinson Hall (on the campus of Washington Adventist University), 7600 Flower Avenue, on Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 pm  to review the updated Flower Avenue Green Street Project plan. Representatives from Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) will also be joining the meeting to talk about a water main replacement that will be integrated into the project.


  • 7:00 - 7:15 pm   –    Drop In, Opportunity for residents to review plans
  • 7:15 - 7:45 pm   –    Brief overview of project and updates since last meeting
  • 7:45 - 8:15 pm   –    Update from WSSC representative
  • 8:15 - 9:00 pm   –    Questions and Comments

Project plan can be viewed at: Need a reminder? This item is also available on the City's calendar to sync with your devices (with a downloadable flyer!)

2014 Resident Survey Available for Review!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The City of Takoma Park Resident Survey 2014 Report of Results are now available for viewing and download! The 2014 Takoma Park Resident Survey was mailed to 3,000 randomly selected Takoma Park households. Of the 2,862 eligible households who received the survey, 1,071 completed and returned the mailed questionnaire.

The 2014 Takoma Park Resident Survey serves as a consumer report card for Takoma Park by providing residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in the City, as well as the community’s amenities, service delivery and their satisfaction with local government. The survey also permits residents to provide feedback to government on what is working well and what is not, and to communicate their priorities for community planning and resource allocation. This was the third implementation of the Takoma Park Resident Survey; the first was conducted in 2007 and the second in 2009. 

The 2014 survey, along with those from previous years, are available as a PDFs on the Resident Surveys page:

The July Newsletter Has Arrived!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

From the new dog park to the battle over development at Metro, this month's newsletter will keep you up to date on all things Takoma. Also this month: what you need to know about the new pesticide restrictions, an opportunity to make art and think creatively about the New Ave, access to new e-books for kids, and an event celebrating area's Civil War history.

Read all about in here!

New at the Library: Energy Use Meter for Home Use!

Friday, June 27, 2014

You can now check out a Belkin "Conserve Insight" energy use meter at the Takoma Park Library. The device is similar to a Kill-a-Watt, and can help you identify which appliances and gadgets in your home are using the most electricity. Simply plug the Conserve Insight into an outlet, then plug an appliance or other electronic device into the Conserve Insight, and the meter will display how much money and electricity the item uses. Understanding your energy consumption is the first step towards reducing it. This new item is being offered in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Action Plan, a City-wide effort to reduce energy use. You can check out the Conserve Insight at the library main desk, the lending period is 3 weeks.

If you have questions about the device, contact the Sustainability Manager, Gina Mathias, at, or 301-891-7623.

Public Hearing on Proposed Takoma Metro Development Held June 18

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WMATA held a public hearing (“Compact Hearing”) on the development proposal on Wednesday, June 18 at the Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Rd., NW, Washington, DC. To submit a written statement for the record, email the statement to by 5:00 pm on June 30, 2014. Include "Docket R14-01" on your statement. A video recording of the public hearing is available here:

Takoma Park City Council Resolution 2013-68 expresses the position of the City Council regarding the proposal.

First Time Home Buyer Class & Tenant Rights Seminar

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Housing and Community Development Department is holding two free classes this summer in June! We'll be conducting a Tenant Rights Seminar on Wednesday, June 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and a First Time Home Buyer Class on Saturday, June 28 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. First Time Home Buyer Class is free to Takoma Park residents, $25 for non-residents.

Please call 301-891-7222 or email to sign up for the First Time Home Buyer Class. Contact Moses Wilds at 301-891-7215 or to sign up for Tenant Rights.