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
Tuesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
9780763665456Join us on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. when author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen presents his newest picture book, Hattie & Hudson. Van Dusen, the illustrator of the popular Mercy Watson chapter books written by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo as well as numerous picture books, is known for his humorous, vibrantly colored illustrations. In Hattie & Hudson, Van Dusen tells of the unlikely friendship between a girl and a lake monster. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Van Dusen's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
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.
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, May 21, June 11, July 9
or call 301 891 7259.
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May 21: Decorate! Flower Pots & Windchimes
June 11: Teachers & Dads Rock
July 9: TBD

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

Usually one Sunday a month.
 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, May 7, 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.
neon signTHERE IS NO SPANISH CIRCLE TIME ON THURSDAY, DEC. 29. SENORA GEIZA WILL BE BACK ON THURSDAY, JAN. 5.

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, May 3, June 7, July 12, Aug 2
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.



 
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.
Friends of the Library "Faust" Discussions
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, April 5 & 19 & May 3
The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will be discussing Faust by Goethe -- their Big Book pick for the spring -- on Wednesdays April 5 and April 19 at 7:30 p.m. The discussions will be held in the Takoma Park Community Center, and all are welcome. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Dungeons & Dragons
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 2 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Come enjoy a special session of this fast-paced role playing game Saturday, April 29 from 2-4 p.m. Our event will be led by Library Associate and D&D Master Dave Burbank. The event is for kids ages 8 up, and registration is required
Wonderful Ones
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, & 24
or call 301 891 7259.
Please register using your child's name -- not yours. Thank you!

Calling all one-year-olds and their grown-ukps: it's time for the Wonderful Ones! Each of the first four Wednesday mornings in May, we'll meet from 11-11:30 a.m. to sing songs and rhymes do some fingerplays, read a book or two, and do LOTS of movement exercises. Our program is based on the Every Child Ready to Read program and all of our activities are designed to get little ones ready to read. But the main object is to have fun together! For this program, children must be between the ages of 12 months through 24 months, and we ask that you be able to attend all the sessions (barring illness, of course) as we often have a waiting list for this program. NOTE: There is no program on Wed. May 31). Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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 Saturday, May 6, 2017

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, May 9, 4 p.m.
Our next Comics Jam will take place on Tuesday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Come join Library Associate Dave Burbank has he reads comics on the big screen and then takes drawing requests from the audience. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Picture Book Author Adam Rubin
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.
Adam Rubin, author of the best-selling picture book Dragons Love Tacos, offers a hilarious sequel, Dragons Love Tacos 2, in which tacos have become extinct and the dragons have to figure out a way to bring them back. Rubin will read from his new book, talk about how he came up with the idea of taco-loving dragons, and take questions from the audience.
Friends of the Library Booksale
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. when the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will hold its twice-yearly booksale! Come get some amazing bargains on books and support a good cause: all proceeds go to the Friends for Library programs. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, May 15, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottOUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, May 153 at 7 p.m. We'll be reading and discussing some interesting new books by previous Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor winners, including Triangle, written by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the dynamic duo behind the Caldecott Honor books Extra Yarn and Sam & Dave Dig a Hole.

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.
Friends Reading Group
Takoma Park Community Center
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Red Sorghum: A Novel of China, by the Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan will be discussed by the Friends Book Group on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 in the Hydrangea Room of the Community Center.
In Red Sorghum, Mo Yan uses first person narration, magic realism, and shifts in time to tell the story of three generations of a family of sorghum distillers and resistance fighters in the Shandong province of China. The story, which takes place from 1923 to 1976, happens against a backdrop of interfamily violence, political intrigue, and the Second Sino-Japanese War.
In the words of one reviewer, “Mo Yan turns these events over and over, introducing each a fragment at a time and exploring their significance as they pass from one character’s experience into another’s memory.”
Originally published in serial form as three volumes, Red Sorghum was first translated and published in English in 1993. It has twice been made into a movie. Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012.
Copies of Red Sorghum are available at the Library for readers interested in joining the discussion.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Friends of the Library Bi-Monthly Reading Group - May24 discussion!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a discussion of the novel "Red Sorghum: A Novel of China," by Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan. We will meet on Wednesday May 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center. All are welcome to join the discussion!  Books are available at the Library.
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.
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
ON HIATUS UNTIL FALL 2017
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