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
Saturday, Jul. 30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Harry Potter Calling all Harry Potter fans! On Saturday, July 30—the eve of Harry’s birthday – we will be having a special listening session, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., of the beginning of “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.” What exactly is a “listening session”? It means that we will be gathering in the Children’s Room and listening to a recording of the incomparable Jim Dale reading the beginning of the first book in the “Harry Potter” series. In other words, we’ll be “reading with our ears.” You’re invited to bring blankets and pillows to make yourselves comfortable as you listen; we’ll provide snacks and lemonade, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library

Harry Potter Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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.
There will be no Circle Time on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

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!
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday: July 27, Aug 3, 17, 24; Sunday: January 22, February 12, March 19
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtWednesday, July 27, Aug. 3, 17, 24
Sunday, January 22, February 12, March 19
2:00-3:00
Kids of all ages are welcome.
Make art, have fun!


Usually one Sunday a month and some Wednesdays in the summer
 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, August 7, September 11, October 2, 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 10:30 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
neon sign 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.

PLEASE NOTE; THERE WILL BE NO SPANISH CIRCLE TIME ON JULY 21, JULY 28, and AUG. 4. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Bedtime Stories & a Craft
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, August 3, September 7, October 5, 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
August 6, September 17, 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
 
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.
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


Petites Chansons is "en vacances" for the summer and will resume in September. Please check back in August for the exact date.

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.
Summer Quest "Campfire"
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Monday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. for our annual "campfire," where you'll be invited to participate in a special activity related to this year's Summer Quest program. At the conclusion, every participant will leave with the makings for that traditional campfire treat, "s'mores." No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
medal
Our next Caldecott Club program will take place on Monday, August 22 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.
Fairy Party
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, Sep. 18, 2-3:30
Sunday, September 18
2:00-3:30
Join us for Fairy tales, crafts, and snacks. Come dressed as a fairy if you'd like!
Caldecott Honor Author/Artist Aaron Becker
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Sep. 22, 7 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. when Caldecott Honor author/artist Aaron Becker presents his latest book, Return, which is the finale to his critically-acclaimed wordless picture book trilogy. In Return, Becker completes the story he began in the Caldecott Honor-winning Journey and continued in Quest. Writing of Return, Kirkus notes: "A fantastic final leg to a reading journey that altered, expanded, and enriched the landscape of children's literature—and surely many young people's lives." Politics and Prose will be selling copies of Becker's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required.
Kids’ Author Juana Medina
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. when author/illustrator Juana Medina presents her new book, Juana and Lucas. In this first book of a new series, Medina introduces us to Juana, a young girl living in Bogota, Colombia who loves playing with her dog Lucas and is a fan of a comic book superhero named "Astroman," but is unhappy that her school requires students to learn English. Things look up for Juana, however, when her grandfather promises her a trip to the Spaceland theme park to meet Astroman if she works hard at learning English. In its review, Booklist noted: "Through this strong, adventurous, and smart female protagonist, Medina presents an extraordinary story about the many opportunities learning a new language can bring. Full-color illustrations provide excellent depictions of Juana’s life in Bogotá and allow readers to connect with her character and culture." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Juana and Lucas, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Caldecott Honor Author/Illustrator David Shannon
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Join us on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. when author/illustrator David Shannon presents his newest picture book, Duck On a Tractor, which is a sequel to the much-loved Duck On a Bike. The Kirkus review of Duck On a Tractor notes: "Zany humor once again radiates from both pictures and text: reading out loud is a real delight. Bright, textured colors heighten the madcap antics of each character. The finale wraps things up with a mischievous wink." Shannon won a Caldecott Honor in 1999 for another favorite picture book, No, David! and is and energetic and entertaining presenter. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Shannon's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Kids’ Superstar Authors Eoin Colfer & Jonathan Stroud
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.
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