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
Sunday: January 22, February 12, March 19
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtSunday

January 22, February 12, March 19: TBA
2:00-3:00
Kids of all ages are welcome.
Make art, have fun!

Usually one Sunday a month.
 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
9780553498059Author Emily Jenkins will read and discuss her newest picture book, A Greyhound, A Groundhog on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Jenkins has written a number of picture books, including Toys Meet Snow, Five Creatures and Water in the Park. She also writes novels for kids ages 7-10, including the popular Toys Go Out trilogy.  And, under the pen name, E. Lockhart, Jenkins is a best-selling author for teens; her teen novels include the National Book Award finalist, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars. Jenkins' newest book, A Greyhound, A Groundhog, is illustrated by Chris Applehaus and has received four starred reviews. In its review Kirkus noted that "this delightful story is a feast for the eyes and the ears...." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Jenkins' books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required.
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.
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, February 5, March 5, April 2, 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, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 10, June 7
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
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
 
Tuesday Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays at 10 AM and 11 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
circles
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!
Babytime!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25
or call 301 891 7259.
PLEASE REGISTER WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU!

nez pierce baby 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 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.)

  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Jan. 12, 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.
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.
Wonderful Ones!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22
or call 301 891 7259.
baby penguin
PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.

 

Children must be between the ages of 12 months and 24 months.


It's time for the "Wonderful Ones"! Each Wednesday morning in February, we'll gather from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to sing songs and rhymes, read a few stories and do lots -- and LOTS! -- of movement exercises. Most importantly, we''ll have fun together! Note: this program is offered as a package of four classes; please register only if you can make all four classes (barring illness, of course) as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding!





  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, Feb. 11, 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.
Hope & Inspiration Book Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
drawing by Shelly at Sketchport.com
Join us on Sat. Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. as we launch our new “Hope & Inspiration” Book Club at the Library. We’ll meet every other month to read and discuss some kids’ books about inspiring people who helped make important social justice changes in our country and our world. To conclude each program, we’ll do some type of simple community service activity. Our book club is designed to be a place where families can gather and discuss social justice issues as we read about some people who truly changed the world. While we will be reading children’s books as a way to include young readers in our community, the book club will hopefully be inspiring for people of all ages.
 
Registration is encouraged only so we can contact you in case the program has to be canceled due to bad weather. We hope you can join us at the kick-off of a innovative book club where we hope to turn books into action.
 
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