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
Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20
or call 301 891 7259.

TWOSIES: Get ready -- it's time for Twosies! For three Wednesday mornings in December, 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 threeclasses; please register only if you can make all threeclasses, 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

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m.
Join us on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. as we sing songs of the season! We'll be led by local musician/music teacher Wendy Lanxner and her young guitar students. Our song selection will include music for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa -- lyrics will be provided!
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Dec. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m., we'll host our popular annual Winter Solstice celebration. Drummer Bill Jenkins will get us started; he has all kinds of percussion instruments, and participants of all ages just need to supply the beat! Then at 7:30 p.m., the Foggy Bottom Morris Men will swoop in with their sticks, songs and dances. It's fun for all ages, and a great way to welcome the winter. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 11:00-11:30 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Calling all babies, ages birth through 12 months: it's time for Babytime! Each Wednesday morning in January 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 five classes; please register only if you can make all five 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.
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, January 21, February 25, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17
or call 301 891 7259.
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3
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.
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.
Bedtime Stories & a Craft
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
or call 301 891 7259.
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.



 
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
2018: Jan 1, 14 & 15, Feb 18 & 19, May 27 & 28, Jul 4, Sep 2 & 3, Nov 11, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25 Dec 2017: 22, 23, 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.
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
occasional Fridays, Sept-June, 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 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.
Yoga Storytime for 2-4 year olds
Takoma Park Maryland Library
February 3
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
 
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.
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The next Petites Chansons will take place on Sat. Dec. 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.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m.
Comics Jam is canceled for today, Tues. Dec. 12. Check back soon for a new date.

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.
WinterQuest Launch Party
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
Keep kids reading over the holidays with our fun WinterQuest reading adventure game! Created by Library Associate Dave Burbank, our WinterQuest program has kids complete open-ended reading challenges (like "read an adventure story") to advance in the game. At our launch party, we'll have lemonade and cookies (with glueten-, dairy- and nut-free alternatives), courtesy of the Friends of the Library. We'll wrap up our WinterQuest program on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m, with free books for all participants! Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.

CaldecottJoin 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.
Mock Caldecott for Adults
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Jan. 27, 1-4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Adult children's book lovers are invited to participate in our third annual Mock Caldecott for Adults, which will be held on Saturday, Jan 27 from 1-4 p.m. We'll read each of our 20 or so "finalist" books (or part of the book, if it's a long one), discuss them briefly (we keep careful track of the time), and then vote for our mock 2018 Caldecott Medal winner at the end of program, using the same procedure as the "real" Caldecott Committee. (We'll have "reference" copies of our finalists at the circulation desk for anyone who would like to read the finalists ahead of time.) Our discussion will be fueled by fruit, cheese & crackers, and seltzer and juice, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Kids are welcome to watch, but this is an event specifically aimed at adults. (For anyone with kids, our kid-friendly Caldecott Club program will read through 10 finalists and choose a mock winner on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Lemonade and cookies will be provided). Registration for our Mock Caldecott for Adults is encouraged, but not required; folks also are welcome to come for part of the program, as their schedule allows. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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