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
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Under My HijabPlease join us on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.when kids author Hena Khan will present her newest picture book, Under My Hijab, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel. In the book, Khan presents a diverse group of Muslim women who have chosen to wear the hijab, explaining what it means to wear the hijab, and why some Muslim women -- Khan included -- choose not to do so. In its review, Kirkus said: "Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about the settings and situations of hijab." Booklist noted: "The women and girls the protagonist admires vary in profession, age, and race. They go about their lives with confidence and pride, choosing to style their hijabs according to circumstance or whimsy. An author’s note explains when and why some Muslim women choose to cover, or not. Cheerful, colorful images complement the affirming tone and message of this timely book." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Khan's book at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Friday, Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Great White Shark AdventureJoin us on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. when author/explorer Fabien Cousteau will talk about Great White Shark Adventure, the first book in his new graphic novel adventure series for kids. Cousteau, the grandson of famed seat explorer Jacques Cousteau, will read from his book and talk about his work making ocean exploration documentaries with National Geographic, PBS, Discovery and CBS. Cousteau's new kids' book is a combination of fiction and non-fiction as fictional junior explorers Bella and Marcus join Cousteau and his research team to investigate and track a massive white shark off the coast of South Africa. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Cousteau's book, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend. (Note: the Library will close as usual at 6 p.m. and will re-open at 7:15 p.m. for this event only)


F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Saturday, Mar. 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
monsterKids are invited to come read some fun picture books about (friendly) monsters and then create their own "monster stuffie" toy. This program is presented in partnership with Small Things Matter, a non-profit created by local parent Roxanne Yamashita and her teen daughter, Lana. All materials for the craft will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Registration encouraged so we can be sure to have enough craft supplies. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Sunday, Mar. 24, 2-4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
HedwigKids ages 9-14 are invited to learn how to draw fantastic beasts -- including some from the world of Harry Potter -- on Sunday, March 24, from 2-4 p.m. The class will be taught by local illustrator and art teacher Kate Lanxner. Participants will work all together on one creature, step by step. Creatures will be Hedwig, the Snowy Owl and the Billiwig from Fantastic Beasts. So if you think to yourself, "I can't even draw a straight line," it will be easy to get a good result for a fantastic piece of wall art. All materials provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Class size is limited and registration is required. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Occasional Saturdays
or call 301 891 7259.
yoga frogsNext: March 30
Yoga Storytime for families with 0-6-year olds. Enjoy yoga poses, songs, and a story with your child.
This is a 30-45 minute program.
We have yoga mats available. 
Occasional Saturdays, 10:30 am
Sunday, February 24, March 17, April 28, May 19, June 23
or call 301 891 7259.



Sunday, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 14
or call 301 891 7259.
Lego Librarian Enjoy free play and building with LEGO at our monthly LEGO Club.
We also have LEGO books and LEGO Club Magazine that kids can use for inspiration.

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.
Sunday, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 14

Please don't bring your own LEGO! We have plenty for everyone to use. We also 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!
Every Thursday at 10:15 AM and at 11 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
neon signLos 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.
Tuesday, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 2, July 9
or call 301 891 7259.
Next program: 7:00 p.m., March 5
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.

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.

Tuesdays at 10 AM and 11 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
circlesSign 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!
2019: Jan 1, 20 & 21, Feb 17 & 18, May 26 & 27, Jul 4, Sep 1 & 2, Nov 11, 28, 29, 30, Dec 1, 24, 25
closed bookNext scheduled closing: Sunday Jan 20 and Monday Jan 21

We do close sometimes!  For Monday holidays we usually close Sundays as well.  If the library is closed, the computer rooms are also closed. 

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.
Occasional Friday Afternoons
or call 301 891 7259.
Calling all young artists! Please join us to draw together occasional 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.
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
or call 301 891 7259.
It's Preschool Time! 

Have fun learning concepts (shapes, counting, colors, etc.) and skills (scissor practice, name writing, taking turns, etc.) through songs, stories, fingerplays, and activities.
Children 3-5 years old


Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27
or call 301 891 7259.
toddler timeIt's Toddler Time! 
Bring your 12 month-36 month old (this new program is a combination of our former Wonderful Ones and Twosies program) each Wednesday morning in February and 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 four classes; please register only if you can make all four classes (barring illness, of course) as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding!

once a month on a Saturday at 10:30 September-June; call or check website for more information
or call 301 891 7259.
fleur de lis

Next: Feb. 9

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.
Occasional Monday Evenings
or call 301 891 7259.
Caldecott illustrationJoin our family book club -- our Caldecott Club! Each month, we read 4 new picture books -- all possibilities for the Caldecott Medal. We discuss each book, using our "kid-friendly" Caldecott criteria, then vote on our favorite at the end of each night. Lemonade and cookies (including gluten-, nut- & dairy-free alternatives) are served at each Caldecott Club meeting courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Occasional Tuesday Afternoons
Join us for this fun, once-a-month "Comics Book Club" program which takes place on the second Tuesday each month at 4 p.m., Sept.-June. At our program Library Associate Dave Burbank reads comics aloud; as he reads, the comics are projected on a big screen so that everyone can follow along. The program concludes with Dave, who is our staff artist, taking drawing requests from the audience. No registration required.
Occasional Saturdays or Sundays
or call 301 891 7259.
diceJoin game-master Dave Burbank for this monthly session of Alternative Games, including Dungeons & Dragons. The event, which takes place from 2-4 p.m., is aimed at kids ages 8 up; registration required. NOTE: The program normally takes place the last weekend of the month, but sometimes is on Saturday and sometimes Sunday. We'll send an email with the latest program date to all who are registered.
Monday, Mar. 18, 7:30 p.m.
The IliadPlease join us on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. when noted graphic novelist Gareth Hinds presents his adaptation of Homer's The Iliad. In its review, Publishers Weekly noted: "Hinds’s relatively plain language retains just enough meter to hint at the cadences of the work, and, together with the dynamic art, creates an accessible entrée to an enduring classic." Kirkus concluded its review by stating: " An expertly crafted rendition and a welcome invitation to younger readers to immerse themselves in the ancient past." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Hinds' book, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend. Please note that our program is best for kids 10 & up.
Thursday, Mar. 28, 7 p.m.
Gondra’s TreasureJoin us on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. when Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park spotlights her newest picture book, Gondra's Treasure. In the book, aimed at readers ages 4-8, Park tackles the issue of mixed-race identity through the story of Gondra, a young dragon whose mother is from the West and whose father is from the East, and who wonders exactly where she fits in. In its review, Kirkus said: "While it's not a profound look at mixed-race identity, it is a playful one, and readers will enjoy the cultural examination of dragons." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Park's book, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
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