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
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Panda Pants.  9780553535778Join us on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. when author Jacqueline Davies, known for her popular Lemonade War series for older kids, presents her newest picture book, Panda Pants. In its review, Kirkus noted: "Davies' story will be amusingly familiar to anyone who's gone head-to-head with determined little ones who are convinced they have the best idea ever right now. Hanson's illustrations are impressive, double-page spreads of lush watercolor bamboo alternating with white-backgrounded vignettes for faster-paced dialogue....There's nothing too scary, no message to navigate—just a sweet story, well done." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Panda Pants, but the event is free and no purchase is required.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays in November 2016 from 11-11:30
or call 301 891 7259.

WONDERFUL ONES! It's time for the "Wonderful Ones"! Each of the five Wednesday mornings in November, 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: this program is offered as a package of five classes; please register only if you can make most of the five classes (barring illness, of course) as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding!

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Children must be between the ages of 12 months and 24 months.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Community Center Auditorium
Monday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Monday, Nov. 7 ay 7:30 p.m. when two superstar kids' authors -- Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud -- spotlight their newest books. Colfer will be talking about Iron Man: The Gauntlet, a page-turning adventure novel featuring the superhero. In its review, Kirkus writes: "Colfer deftly weaves together all of the crucial elements of an entertaining superhero story: dastardly villains, a feisty sidekick, a duel to the death, and a hero worth cheering for." Stroud, meanwhile, will be showcasing The Creeping Shadow, the latest book in his popular Lockwood & Co. series. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of books by Colfer and Stroud, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Iron Man: The Gauntlet.  9781484741603 The Creeping Shadow.  9781484709672
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
most Fridays, 4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
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.
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October 23: Autumn Crafts
October 30: Halloween
November 20: Thanksgiving
December 18: Winter & Holiday Crafts

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

Usually one Sunday a month.
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.
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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 14, 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.

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!
MOOC: Freedom of Exp
MOOC: Freedom of Expression
Computer Room A
Sundays, Oct 16-Nov 20th, 12:30 pm
or call 301 891 7259.
Freedom of Expression is at the heart of many global controversies and challenges.  Learn about the scope, limits and abuses of this fundamental human right, through this free, online, 6-week course.  Register here for access to the lectures and course materials:  These are available as of October 12th.

We will meet the following six Sundays in Computer Room A, at 12:30, for coffee and conversation about the previous week's material.  Register below to let us know to expect you, and so we can keep you informed of any schedule changes.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
Our next Comics Jam program will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 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.
Eaglebear & Friends
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Eaglebear, a.k.a. Tomas Shash, together with his family and friends, will share stories, dances and inspiration from the Xicano and Apache cultures on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. It's a perfect way to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month, and enjoy what has become a treasured annual tradition at the Library. No registration required, and all ages are welcome. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
International Games Day Celebration
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Come play games with us on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 2-4 p.m.! For the fifth consecutive year, we're participating in International Games Day, an event sponsored by the American Library Association and other organizations interested in spotlighting the creative power of play. Our event will be focused on Dungeons & Dragons, a creative role-playing game that will be led by library assistant Dave Burbank, a master D&D player. Players must be age 8 or older, and parents and other adults also are welcome. Spaces are limited, so registration is required.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
The next Caldecott Club meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 21 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.
Mock Caldecott for Adults
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
If you're a fan 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 carefully-curated list of 20 "finalists; 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. There will be snacks and drinks, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, and we promise to finish by 4 p.m. (we've met that goal each time in the last two years!). We'll have two copies of each "finalist" book -- one in the circulating library collection, and one in a book of "reference" copies that we will keep at our main desk so that we always have all of the finalists availale to read. But if you don't have time to read the books ahead, don't worry -- we'll be reading them together anyway! One note: children are most welcome as onlookers, but our event is specifically for adults. Registration is encouraged so we make sure to have enough snacks and drinks, but it is not required. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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