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
Friday, Jun. 9
Join us on Friday evening, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. for a special program. Chris Phillips, author and facilitator, returns to Takoma Park for an interactive discussion "Democracy Cafe: A System Unrigged - Exploring How to Resuscitate and Evolve Our Constitutional Republic in Ways That Make It More Genuinely Inclusive, Open and Vibrant."

All are invited to attend this special program, which is recommended for grown-ups, teens, and older elementary school kids.  The Library will close at its regular time of 6:00 p.m. and will re-open at 7:00 for the program.
philosophers Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
occasional 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, June 11, July 9
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtSunday
June 11: Teachers & Dads Rock
July 9: TBD

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

Usually one Sunday a month.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, 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.

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, July 12, Aug 2
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Cloudskipper DreamingJune's Bedtime Stories program has been cancelled.

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.

Tuesday Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
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!
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.
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.
fleur de lis

The next Petites Chansons will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017. This is our last program of the season; Madame Marie will return in September!

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.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11:00 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.

TWOSIES: Get ready -- it's time for Twosies! Each Wednesday morning in June, 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 try to make all four classes, barring illness, as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding.)

Kids’ Novelist Leah Henderson
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Jun. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. when debut author Leah Henderson presents her kids' novel, One Shadow on the Wall. Aimed at ages 8-12, the book tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese boy who is determined to keep his family together after he and his siblings are orphaned. In its review, Kirkus noted: "In her debut, Henderson paints a detailed picture of life in Senegal. The author's experience, research, and sensitivity shine, making this distinctive novel a valuable addition to the literature." At our event, Henderson, a dynamic speaker, will read from her book and take questions from the audience. Politics & Prose will sell copies of Henderson's book, but our program is free and no purchase or registration is required to attend. Come meet a rising star in the world of children's literature!
SummerQuest 2017 Kick-Off
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Jun. 12, 7:30 p.m.
We're launching SummerQuest 2017 on Monday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Come hear Library Associate Dave Burbank -- creator of SummerQuest -- tell a bit about this year's story, and then sign up for the program. If you can't make it to the launch event, don't worry: you can sign up for SummerQuest anytime during the summer -- we'll wrap up SummerQuest with a party on Monday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Jun. 13, 4 p.m.
The next Comics Jam will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 4 p.m.  This will be our last Comics Jam program until September.

Come have fun reading comics on the big screen with our comics expert Dave Burbank! At the end of each Comics Jam programs, Dave takes "drawing requests" from the audience. Comics Jam is held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, at 4 p.m. No registration required.
Picture Book Author Cynthia Leonor Garza
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Jun. 15, 7 p.m.
Join us for some superhero fun on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m., when author Cynthia Leonor Garza presents her new picture book, Lucia the Luchadora. In her book, which was illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, Garza tells the story of a young girl who is determined to be a superhero despite the boys who tell her that's not a job for females. In its review, School Library Journal noted: "A shining debut outing for author and illustrator, this endearing and humorous title is sure to put a bit of KA-POW into storytimes! A must-have," while Kirkus said: "A madcap pace keeps the story moving along with humor, heart, and bravado in equal measures" At our program, Garza will read Lucia the Luchadora and then take questions from the audience. Politics & Prose will sell copies of the book, but our event is free and no purchase or registration is required to attend.
Books-to-Action: A Social Justice Book Club for Kids and Families
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, Jun. 25, 2 p.m.
Please join us on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. for the next meeting of Books-to-Action, a social justice book club for kids and families. We'll be reading and discussing books focused on LGBTQ rights in celebration of June as LGBTQ Month. Our program is best for children ages 5 up because of the length and themes of the books we'll be reading, but younger children are welcome. No registration required.

Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Jun. 26, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottOUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, June 26 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.
Yoga Storytime for 2-4 year olds
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Sep. 30, 10:30 am
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
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