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
Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm
Picture book star Mac Barnett presents his newest book, Rules of the House. He'll be joined by the book's illustrator, Matt Myers. NOTE: This event will start exactly on time --7  p.m. -- as Mac and Matt have to leave before 8 to catch a train to NYC.

Rules of the House 9781423185161
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25
or call 301 891 7259.
It's time for the "Wonderful Ones"! Each Wednesday morning in May, we'll gather from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to sing songs and rhymes, read a few stories and do lots -- and LOTS! -- of movement exercises. Most importantly, we''ll have fun together! (Note: Children must be between the ages of 12 months through 24 months for this program)

PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.
 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Community Center Auditorium
Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Author & humorist Dave Barry talks about his new kids’ novel, The Worst Night Ever, a sequel to his best-selling book "The Worst Class Trip Ever."

(Please Note: This event is in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave.)


The Worst Night Ever 9781484708507
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, May 7, 3 pm
Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Idle presents the latest in her Flora picture book series, Flora and the Peacocks.
 

Flora and the Peacocks 9781452138169
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Various local libraries including the Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, May 14, 9 am
Join the annual bike tour of local libraries May 14. This year we are included!

DC&MD library staff, advocates and community members are all welcome to participate. 

The tour starts at the DC Takoma branch at 9 am, goes to Shepherd Park, over to us, then Silver Spring, Chevy Chase and Tenley-Friendship.

Snacks and water are provided.  You must wear a helmet.  Register via DC Libraries.

Tour de DCPL VII Sponsored by DC Public Libraries.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
MOOC: Memory and Mov
Computer Room B
Sundays, 5/15-6/19 at 12:30pm. No meeting 5/29
or call 301 891 7259.
Learn  how memory works, why it sometimes fails, and what we can do to enhance memory function, especially as we get older. Clips from films such as "The Princess Bride," "Groundhog Day," and "Memento" will be used to illustrate different aspects of memory. Follow the free course online at  https://www.coursera.org/learn/memory-and-movies/? and join us every Sunday at 12:30 pm for coffee and conversation.  

After each discussion, we will show one of that week's films in its entirety for those who wish to stay. 

 
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.
Tuesday Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays at 10 AM and then again at 11
or call 301 891 7259.

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!
Crafts for Kids
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday: May 15, June 12, July 17, September 18
or call 301 891 7259.
May 15: Bicycle Crafts!
June 12: Father's Day
July 17: Beach
September 18: TBD
Sunday Crafternoons
2:00-3:00
Kids of all ages!

 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, May 1, June 5, July 10, September 11, October 2
or call 301 891 7259.
Enjoy free play and building with LEGO at our monthly LEGO Club.
Some months we have a theme for kids to try out.
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 10:30 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
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. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Bedtime Stories & a Craft
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5
or call 301 891 7259.
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
May 14, June 25
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
 
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.

The next Petites Chansons will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m.

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.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays, April 12, May 10 & June 14 at 4 p.m.
Our next Comics Jam program will take place on Tuesday, May 10 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.
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser -Book Discussion
Takoma Park Community Center
Wednesdays April 20, May 4 and 18.
A series of discussions about the novel, on April 20, May 4 and May 18 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, May 9, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Our next Caldecott Club will take place on Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. Join us!

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.
2016 Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall & author John Bemelmans Marciano
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Please join us on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. for a program featuring the “reigning” Caldecott Medalist, Sophie Blackall, along with children's author John Bemelmans Marciano. Our event offers a very special opportunity to meet a newly-minted Caldecott Medal winner; Blackall won the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. At our event Blackall will be highlighting the illustrations she did for a new series of chapter books written by Marciano. Titled The Witches of Benevento, the series focuses on a five cousins and the way they outwit the many witches who live in their hometown of Benevento, Italy. School Library Journal noted of the first book, Mischief Season: "Magical spells and amusing characters with distinctive personalities, coupled with an engaging story with a twist, will captivate readers and leave them clamoring for future stories…." Politics & Prose will sell books at the event, but the program is free and no purchase is required.
Graphic Novelist Maris Wicks
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Please join us on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. when graphic novelist Maris Wicks talks about her newest non-fiction comic in the Science Comics series, Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean. Wicks won acclaim for critics and young readers for her work on two previous non-fiction comics, Primates and Human Body Theater. This is a great program for kids who love science as well as graphic novel fans.
Friends of the Library Booksale
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.
The Friends of the Library Booksale will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Library Lawn. It's a great way to stock up on new or gently-used books for kids, teens and adults! All proceeds benefit Library programs, such as Spanish Circle Time, Petites Chansons, Caldecott Club and more.
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