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, Jun. 25, 2 p.m.
drawing by Shelly at SketchportPlease join us on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. for the next meeting of Books-to-Action, a social justice book club for kids and families. We'll be reading and discussing books focused on LGBTQ rights in celebration of June as LGBTQ Month. Our program is best for children ages 5 up because of the length and themes of the books we'll be reading, but younger children are welcome. No registration required.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Community Center Auditorium
Saturday, Jul. 8, 2 p.m.
Marsha Goodman-Wood and BandJoin us on Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium when award-winning local musician Marsha Goodman-Wood and her band present a free family concert! Marsha is known for her ability to create kids' songs that teach science concepts in a fun way as shown on her CD, Gravity Vacation. No registration or tickets are required for this free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Community Center
Wednesday, Jul. 19, 7:30
9781603093002The Friends Book Group will read and discuss March, the award-winning, three-part graphic memoir about the life of Congressman John Lewis on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 in the Hydrangea Room of the Community Center.

Written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Johnson, the March trilogy recalls Lewis’s early days as an activist and leader in the Civil Rights movement. The pivotal event that opens and closes the series is the Selma, AL march on March 7, 1965, which became known as Bloody Sunday.

Julian Lucas, writing in a New York Times book review describes March as “a galvanizing account of his [Lewis’s] coming-of-age in the movement, it’s a capsule lesson in courage of conscience, a story that inspires without moralizing or simplifying in hindsight.”

Copies of all three books in the March trilogy are currently available for checkout at the library.
  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
Saturday, Jul. 29, 2 p.m.
9780062365910Join author Veronica Bartles on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. as she reads her new picture book, The Princess & the Frogs, and then leads a fun craft based on the book. In the book, Princess Cassandra is desperate for a friend but decides a pet frog will have to do. When she kisses the frog in excitement, however, it turns into a prince who wants to marry her -- something which doesn't interest this particular princess. In its review, Kirkus called the book a "refreshing princess book that puts kissing in its place and rejoices in childhood idylls." Copies of Bartles' book will be available for sale, but this event is free and no registration or purchase is required to attend.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.
0763681121Join us on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. for the launch of the newest book by award-winning graphic novelist Gareth Hinds. Known for his graphic novel adaptations of Shakespeare plays, Beowulf, and The Odyssey, Hinds this time tackles Edgar Allen Poe in Poe: Stories and Poems. Hinds has won critical praise for his previous books, with reviewers noting his fine line and expert use of color, shadow and perspective in bringing the emotions of a story to the fore. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Hinds' books, but our event is free and no purchase or registration is required to attend. Note: our event is best for teens and adults because of the gothic horror nature of Poe's stories, amplified by Hinds' illustrations.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Community Center Auditorium
Thursday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, August 10 at 7 p.m. for a free special concert by the Alphabet Rockers in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium. At their shows, high-energy duo Kaitlyn McGaw and Tommy Shepherd Jr. combine hip hop with social justice themes to create unforgettable music for young children and their grown-ups. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of the duo: "Alphabet Rockers tackle issues of race and diversity while inspiring a love of hip hop." Normally based in San Francisco, the Alphabet Rockers are touring in the East for a couple of weeks in August, and we were lucky to book them in Takoma Park! No registration or tickets required for this free event.

alphabet rockers Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
occasional Fridays, Sept-June, 4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.

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, July 9, August 20, September 17, October 29, November 19, December 17
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtSunday
July 9
August 20: Back to School!

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

Usually one Sunday a month.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, July 2, August 6, September 10, October 1, November 5, December 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
Wednesday, July 12, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Cloudskipper DreamingThe next Bedtime Stories is the second Wed. night of the month: JULY 12

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 usually 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.
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

Madame Marie is off for the summer. She'll return in September -- check back to confirm 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.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11:00 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
2 yr old

TWOSIES: Get ready -- it's time for Twosies! Each Wednesday morning in June, 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 four classes; please try to make all four classes, barring illness, as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding.)

Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Jun. 13, 4 p.m.
The next Comics Jam will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 4 p.m.  This will be our last Comics Jam program until September.

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.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Jun. 26, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottOUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, June 26 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.
Graphic Novel Primer
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Jul. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Come learn a bit about the awesome history of graphic novels and get a taste of some graphic novel classics at our Graphic Novel Primer on Monday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. ! Library Associate Dave Burbank, the library's graphic novel guru, will take us on an illustrated hour-tour of how graphic novels came to be and why they have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. No registration required for this family-friendly event.
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
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