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.
Sunday, August 25, September 22
or call 301 891 7259.

August 25, September 22

Sunday, July 14, August 4, September 8
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, July 14, August 4, September 8

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 signNOTE: Starting in July, there will be ONE session of Spanish Circle Time. It will take place each Thursday from 10:30-11 a.m.

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.
Tuesday, July 9, August 6
or call 301 891 7259.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, August 6
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 book 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, June 5, 12, 19 & 26
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.
For children 3-5 years old

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

Petites Chansons will return in September. We'll announce the September date later this summer.

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 Tuesday Afternoons
Comics Jam is on summer vacation until September. See you then!

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 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 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.
Tuesday, Jul. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. for a celebration of the 84th birthday of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. We'll have lemonade and cake (and gluten-, dairy- and nut-free goodies). We'll also have birthday cards for participants to decorate and say what the TPML means to them. All welcome, no registration required.
Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31
or call 301 891 7259.

Calling all caregivers and their babies, ages birth through 18 months: it's time for Babytime!
Beginning on July 10, we will meet on Wednesday mornings in July from 11-11:30 a.m. 
We'll sing songs and rhymes, learn some fingerplays, play with shakers and scarves, and read some simple stories. Don't worry if your little one sleeps at this time in the morning. Just bring them and prepare to have fun meeting other families as you learn some fun ways to interact with your little one.


(Note: this program is offered as a package of four classes; please register only if you can make the majority of the classes, barring illness and travel. Thanks for understanding.)

Sunday, Jul. 21, 1:00-3:00
or call 301 891 7259.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21 from 1:00-3:00 with storytime and fun STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art & mathematics.)

We will make our own ice cream using the easy "ice cream in a bag" recipe. 

Kids of all ages are welcome, but please know that shaking the ice cream takes a lot of muscle and time! Kids will need help from adults.

Please register so we can know how many to expect!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 2 p.m.

On Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m., the classic tale of Jack & the Beanstalk is brought to life in a vivid new way in an original production by Beech Tree Puppets. Discover a hen that lays golden eggs, a golden harp that sings by itself, and a giant with a hearty appetite, as well as the intrepid Jack himself! This show by puppeteers Ingrid and Ole Hass includes hand-crafted puppets and sets, along with heart-warming music. All ages. No registration for this 40-minute show, and admission is free. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring our program.




Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Saturday, August 3, 11:00. Sunday, August 18, 1:00
or call 301 891 7259.
Get ready for Kindergarten with themed storytime and activities. We will also have a snack!
Registration encouraged. 
Saturday August 3, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday,  August 18, 1:00 p.m.
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