Library Events

Join us for upcoming programs at the Takoma Park Maryland Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.

Interested in a children's program? Register each child individually, under the child's name, and please indicate age.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottThe next Caldecott Club meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Join us once a month for our Caldecott Club, a.k.a. our family book club, where we read and discuss the newest illustrated books eligible for the Caldecott Medal. The Medal is given annually by the American Library Association to the best-illustrated book for ages birth through 14 so we look at a wide range of books! Generally, we read 3-5 books each month, discussing each one, and then voting on our favorite at the end of the evening. We also serve lemonade and cookies. Registration isn't necessary, but it is helpful if you want to receive an email each month with a reminder of the latest date.
Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28
or call 301 891 7259.
Get ready -- it's time for Twosies! Each Wednesday morning in December, we'll meet from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to sing songs and rhymes, do some movement exercises and read several books. We'll conclude each session with a simple craft. (Note: this program is offered as a package of four classes; please register only if you can make all four classes, barring illness, as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding.) 

PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.

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  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.
We're holding our annual Holiday Sing-a-Long this Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Come join local musician Wendy Lanxner and her young guitar students as they lead us in songs of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required. Please join us for this fun event to celebrate the season.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Caldecott winnerAdult fans of children’s picture books -- come join us on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-4 p.m. for our third annual Mock Caldecott for Adults! We'll be focusing on a list of 20 "finalists” – books that we think are good possibilities for the 2017 Caldecott Medal . We'll read each book together (via our ELMO document camera which projects each page up on our big screen) and then discuss them using the official Caldecott Medal criteria.  (For longer books, we’ll be reading just a section because of time limits). There will be snacks and drinks, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, and we promise to finish by 4 p.m. (we've met that goal each time in the last two years!).  The library will have two copies of each "finalist" -- one in the circulating library collection, and one in a box of "reference" copies that we will keep at our main desk so that we always have all of the finalists available to read. But if you don't have time to read the books ahead, don't worry -- we'll be reading them together anyway! Registration is encouraged so we make sure to have enough snacks and drinks, but it is not required. Feel free to come for some or all of the program -- hope you can join us!
One note: children are most welcome as onlookers, but our event is specifically for adults. Kids, however, are most welcome to be part of our monthly Caldecott Club; our next meeting is Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.




  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
most Fridays, 4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
TO KEEP UPDATED AS TO WHETHER THE SCRIBBLER'S CABAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON A FRIDAY, PLEASE REGISTER!
Calling all young artists! Please join us to draw together most Fridays at 4 p.m. Our Scribbler's Cabal program is led by Dave Burbank, library assistant and artist extraordinaire. Bring a sketchbook, pencil or pen, and your creativity, and come draw with Dave! All are welcome, but we ask that you register because Dave is off every third Friday or so. We'll send an weekly email reminder to everyone who registers so you'll know whether the program is taking place.

  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday: October 23, October 30, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 12, March 19
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtSunday
October 23: Autumn Crafts
October 30: Halloween
November 20: Thanksgiving
December 18: Winter & Holiday Crafts

January 22, February 12, March 19: TBA
2:00-3:00
Kids of all ages are welcome.
Make art, have fun!

Usually one Sunday a month.
 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5
or call 301 891 7259.
Lego Librarian Enjoy free play and building with LEGO at our monthly LEGO Club.
We also have many LEGO books and LEGO Club Magazine that kids can use for inspiration.

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has partnered with LEGO to provide a digital toolkit to inspire creating, playing, making, and sharing. Children learn and have fun while they share, play, and build with LEGO in the library. 

For kids ages 3-10, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Please don't bring your own LEGO! We have plenty of LEGO for everyone to use. We have Duplos for younger children.

Thank you to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for generously supplying us with the materials for this event!
 
Spanish Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Every Thursday at 10:15 AM and at 11 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
neon signTHERE IS NO SPANISH CIRCLE TIME ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 BECAUSE OF THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.

Los jueves.  La primera sesión empreza a las 10:15, la segunda a las 11:00.
Por favor elija una o la otra.

Join Senora Geiza every Thursday for a rousing half-hour program of Spanish songs and rhymes. Great for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. The first session begins at 10:15, the second at 11:00.  Please choose one or the other.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Bedtime Stories & a Craft
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, November 2, December 7, January 11, February 1, March 1
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Cloudskipper Dreaming Wear your PJs & bring a favorite lovey as we read some stories and sing some songs.
After our stories and songs, we will do a simple craft!
Perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups.
Bedtime Stories is now the first Wednesday of the month and is always at 7:00.

Registration is optional, but allows us to notify you of schedule changes.

Please register the child, not the adult and include a parent's e-mail address.



 
Yoga Storytime for 2-4 year olds
Takoma Park Maryland Library
January 21, March 4
or call 301 891 7259.
yoga (pixabay image) Yoga Storytime for 2-4 year olds. Enjoy yoga poses, songs, and a story with your child.
This is a 30-45 minute program.
We have yoga mats available. 
Saturday, 10:30 am
 
Tuesday Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays at 10 AM and 11 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
circles
Sign your child up here if you want to receive notification of Circle Time cancelations.  Rarely, but once in while, we have to skip Circle Time because of storms, ice, sickness - unexpected events.

Note: there are two 30 minute Circle Times, one from 10-10:30 a.m. and the second from 11-11:30 a.m. Because of crowding, we ask people to attend one or the other. Thanks!
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
Our next Comics Jam program will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 4 p.m.

Kids and adults are welcome to join us for our monthly Comics Jam program -- our comics book club -- led by the Library's graphic novel guru Dave Burbank. Comics Jam usually takes place on the second Tuesday of the month and begins at 4 p.m. No registration necessary for this program, which concludes with Dave taking "drawing requests" from the audience.
Petites Chansons/French Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
once a month on a Saturday at 10:30 September-June; call or check website for more information
or call 301 891 7259.
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The next Petites Chansons will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Welcome, bienvenue, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and your grown-ups!  Join Madame Marie as she leads us in French songs and rhymes. You don't need to know French to enjoy this program.
Registration optional.  If you do register, we can let you know the next date for the program, and also contact you in case of cancellation.

Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate -- a bit early -- the Winter Solstice with songs, dances and drumming. We'll begin at 6:30 p.m. when local musician Bill Jenkins leads us in a drumming circle. He'll provide the percussion instruments and the beat; participants provide the drumming energy! At 7:30 p.m., the Foggy Bottom Morris Men will swoop in with their songs, dances and good cheer. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. Come for some or all of this program -- a true Takoma Park tradition! Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Kids Art: Make a UniqueCalendar
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Dec. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1:30-3:30, local artist Kate Lanxner will offer a special workshop for kids who want to make a calendar as a gift for a special person in their lives. All materials will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. We ask kids to bring their creativity as well as a list of birthdays and other special dates they want to note on their gift calendar. This program is for ages 4 up, and registration is required. Also, this is a workshop and kids will need to full two hours to complete their project. So please plan to arrive on time at 1:30 p.m. Thank you! Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Babytime!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25
or call 301 891 7259.
PLEASE REGISTER WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU!

Calling all babies, ages birth through 12 months: it's time for Babytime! Each Wednesday morning in January, from 11-11:30 a.m., we'll meet to sing songs and rhymes, learn some fingerplays and read some simple stories. Parents, don't worry if your little one sleeps at this time in the morning. Just bring them and prepare to have fun meeting other parents as you learn some fun -- and educational --ways to interact with your little one. (Note: this program is offered as a package of four classes; please register only if you can make all four classes, barring illness, as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding.)

  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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