Join us as we participate in this free online course taught by Professor James D. Anderson of the University of Illinois. Each week you will study the lectures and readings at your convenience, and then join us in conversation at 12:30 pm every Sunday for four weeks.
"Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present."
Sign up for the course at https://www.coursera.org/learn/race-cultural-diversity-american-life? and register here so we know to expect you.
Author Katherine Applegate, who won a Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan, presents her new kids' novel, wishtree, on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium. In a starred review, School Library Journal noted that "Applegate meets high expectations in this tale told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is "two hundred and sixteen rings old." Touching on religious bigotry and the environment, Applegate keeps the emphasis on her characters, the many animals and birds who find shelter in the tree's branches all year round.... Another stunning effort from Applegate." At the program, Applegate will read from her new book and take questions from the audience before signing books. There is no registration for this event, and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Politics & Prose bookstore will be selling copies of Applegate's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Liniers is a superstar cartoonist his home country of Argentina and he'll be discussing his newest graphic novel for kids on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.. Titled Good Night, Planet, the book tells the story of a stuffed toy fawn who leads a double life. By day, he is the plaything of a young girl, but by night he has adventures with the family dog. In a starred review, Booklist noted: "There are plenty of stories about what toys get up to at night, but this quiet, masterfully executed comic is particularly enchanting." Good Night, Planet is being simultaneously published in English and Spanish, and Liniers is happy to take questions in both languages about his work. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Liniers' graphic novels for kids but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
The Friends Book Group will read and discuss Austerlitz, a novel by the late German novelist W. G. Sebald.
In Austerlitz, a four-year old Jewish boy, Jacques Austerlitz, arrives in Wales at the start of World War II where he is adopted by a Welsh Methodist minister. He was brought to England on a Kinderstransport from his native Czechoslovakia. Decades after the war, his memories of his life with his birth family return piecemeal and begins a quest to understand the circumstances that led to his being saved.
Come to the Hydrangea Room in the Community Center.
Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Come celebrate Banned Books Week by reading some wonderful picture books with us on Saturday, Sept. 30, beginning at 2 p.m. This event is part of our semi-monthly Books to Action program, a social justice book club for kids and families. Among the books we’ll be reading are: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, the Caldecott Medal-winning book written and illustrated by William Steig; In the Night Kitchen, written and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Maurice Sendak; Tar Beach, written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Faith Ringgold; And Tango Makes Three, written by Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole; and Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story From Afghanistan, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. We’ll conclude the “Read Out” by making posters of our favorite challenged picture books, as well as designing “Read Banned Books” buttons. Young participants also will get to take home a paperback copy of a challenged picture book, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. No registration required -- come join us for a fun event celebrating our Freedom to Read! Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Calling all babies, ages birth through 12 months: it's time for Babytime! Each Wednesday morning in October from 11-11:30 a.m., we'll meet to sing songs and rhymes, learn some fingerplays and read some simple stories. Parents, don't worry if your little one sleeps at this time in the morning. Just bring them and prepare to have fun meeting other parents as you learn some fun -- and educational --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 all four classes, barring illness, as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding.)
PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.
Sunday, October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3
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!
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.
Wednesday, November 1, December 20, January 17, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2
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.
Due to popular demand, we are starting up Scribbler's Cabal again in August, instead of waiting for school to start in September!
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.
once a month on a Saturday at 10:30 September-June; call or check website for more information
Madame Marie will return on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 10:30 a.m. !!
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.
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.
The next Comics Jam will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at 4 p.m. Join us!
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.
Author Emma Otheguy will talk about her picture book biography of Cuban poet and political activist Jose Marti on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. In the book, titled Marti's Song of Freedom, Otheguy details -- in both Spanish and English -- how Marti was inspired by the U.S. Civil War to lead an effort to free Cuba from Spanish rule. Reviewing the book, Kirkus noted: "In bringing an important life back into the conversation during divided political times, this book spotlights a steadfast hero and brilliant writer still worth admiring today." School Library Journal called the book "a sensitive and poignant tribute to one of Latin America's most important historical figures that will encourage readers of all ages to fight for freedom and peace." Politics & Prose will sell copies of Otheguy's book, but our event is free and no purchase or registration is required.
Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., when graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani discusses her critically-acclaimed new book, Pashmina. In the book, Chanani tells the story of a girl named Priyanka, known as Pri, who is desperate to learn why her mother left India and moved to California years ago. But her mother refuses to discuss her flight, stating tersely that it is a "closed subject." When Pri discovers a hidden "pashmina," or scarf, she is magically transported to India, but soon realizes that there's much more to her mother's story than she first thought. In its review of the book, School Library Journal stated: "This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." Kirkus, meanwhile, noted: "An original graphic novel, the first written and illustrated by an Indian-American creator, this is both a needed contribution and a first-rate adventure tale." Politics & Prose will sell copies of Pashmina at our event, but the program is free and no purchase or registration is required.
Please join us on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. when author Julie Segal-Walters and illustrator Brian Biggs talk about their new picture book, This Is Not a Normal Animal Book. While the book is supposed to be about different kinds of animals, it ends up being a hilarious battle between the author and the illustrator over what's actually in charge of the story. In its review, Publishers Weekly called This Is Not a Normal Animal Book "a knowing and very funny behind-the-scenes look at the art—and negotiation—of collaboration." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of the book at our event, but the program is free and no purchase or registration is required.