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
Wednesday, Mar. 8, 7 p.m.
Fantastic Flowers Author/illustrator Susan Stockdale will present her newest picture book, Fantastic Flowers, on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. In the book, Stockdale melds poetry with information to create a book that's both beautiful and educational. Kirkus called Fantastic Flowers "a book to closely pore over -- perhaps before a trip to the park or a botanical garden..." while Publishers Weekly noted: "In crisp acrylic paintings, Stockdale highlights 17 flowers that resemble a variety of objects or creatures, as described in a jaunty series of rhymes..." In her presentation, Stockdale will read the book and then show how she researched and illustrated the flowers." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Stockdale's book, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Friday, Mar. 10, 7 p.m.
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Join us on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. when we host a pajama party to celebrate the publication of Noisy Night, a new picture book written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Brian Biggs. At the program, Barnett and Biggs will read Noisy NIght, in which the occupants of a high-rise apartment building try to figure out just who is making so much noise. In its review, The Horn Book said: " The high eenergy and bright contrasts from the bold cartoon drawings, along with the call-and-response question-and-answer format of the text, create a wild and interactive read aloud." Audience members, both kids and adults, are welcome to come in their pajamas and enjoy some lemonade and cookies at this special Friday night program. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Noisy Night at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend. (NOTE: we will close the Library as usual at 6 p.m. on March 10, and then re-open at 6:45 p.m. for this program only)
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Mar. 11, 2 p.m.
rainbow crowBack by popular demand, Beech Tree Puppets presents “Rainbow Crow Brings Daylight” on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. For this puppet show, Beech Tree founders Ingrid and Ole Haas have adapted Native American folk and creation tales from the Lenape and Inuit tribes, and audience members will be able to follow Crow on his journey to the Sky Spirit, as he brings fire to earth and saves the other animals. Aimed at ages 4-104, the 45-minute puppet show is free and requires no pre-registration. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring our program! (NOTE: This program will take place in the Azalea Room in the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave.).

  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: February 12, March 12, April 23, May 21, June 11, July 9
or call 301 891 7259.
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February 12: Valentine's Day
March 12: St Patrick's Day
April 23:
May 21:
June 11: Teachers & Dads Rock
July 9:

Kids of all ages are welcome.
Make art, have fun!

Usually one Sunday a month.
 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6
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, DEC. 29. SENORA GEIZA WILL BE BACK ON THURSDAY, JAN. 5.

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, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 10, June 7
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
March 4, April 15, May 27, July 8
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.
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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!
Library Closed
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Jan 15 & 16, Feb 19 & 20, May 28 & 29, Jul 4, Sep 3 & 4, Nov 10, 11, 23, 24, 25, 26, Dec 24 & 25
closed bookWe do close sometimes!  For Monday holidays we close Sundays as well.  If the library is closed, the computer rooms are closed as well. 

Because of weather, we may close unexpectedly on other days.  Always check if you have doubts.  301.891.7259    When this happens, scheduled programs are cancelled or postponed.
Twosies!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22
or call 301 891 7259.
Get ready -- it's time for Twosies! Each of the first four Wednesday mornings in March, 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 WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Mar. 13, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottOUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, March 13 at 7 p.m. We'll be reading and discussing some great "Calde-Nots" -- books that weren't eligible for the the 2017 Caldecott Medal yet are definitely worth reading.

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.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Mar. 14, 4 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday, March 14, at 4 p.m. for our monthly Comics Jam program, also known as our Comics Book Club! Library Assistant Dave Burbank will read comics with the group, using our document camera to project the images up on the screen. Trained in the theater, Dave is expert at bringing comics alive by using funny voices, etc. Dave, who also is the Library's staff artist, will conclude the program by taking drawing requests from program participants. No registration, and all ages are welcome.
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, March 18, 2017

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.
Kids’ Bestselling Novelist Pseudonymous Bosch
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. when the mysterious author Pseudonymous Bosch spotlights Bad News, the third volume in his best-selling Bad Books series. Bad News again features the intrepid Clay and his Secret Series Allies battling against the white-gloved members of the Midnight Sun. There's lots of adventure as well as comedy, as Bosch employs his typically irreverent authorial tone. Bosch's previous books include the first two books in the Bad Books series, Bad Magic and Bad Luck,  as well as the popular Secret series, which began in 2007 with The Name of the This Book Is a Secret.  Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Bosch's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Kids’ Author Hena Khan
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., when author Hena Khan presents her new kids' novel, Amina's Voice, which features a Pakistani-American girl who is trying to deal with the challenge of starting middle school as she balances between two cultures. In its review, Kirkus noted: "Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith. Amina's middle school woes and the universal themes running through the book transcend culture, race, and religion." Khan is an up-and-coming author whose previous books, including the picture book,Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, have won critical praise. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Khan's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Picture Book Creator William Joyce
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
Join us on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for a very special event featuring master picture book creator William Joyce, who also is the creator of the popular TV series, Rolie Polie Olie. At our program, Joyce will be showcasing newly-republished editions of three of his classic picture books: Bentley & Egg; Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo; and A Day With Wilbur Robinson. For those who are unfamiliar with these longer-form picture books, Joyce elegantly combines fantasy with humor to tell whimsically-illustrated tales that are perfect for young readers, especially those ages 4-8. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Joyce's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Picture Book Creator Chris Van Dusen
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. when author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen presents his newest picture book, Hattie & Hudson. Van Dusen, the illustrator of the popular Mercy Watson chapter books written by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo as well as numerous picture books, is known for his humorous, vibrantly colored illustrations. In Hattie & Hudson, Van Dusen tells of the unlikely friendship between a girl and a lake monster. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Van Dusen's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
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