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
Winter MOOC: Extinct
Computer Room B
Sundays, Feb 11th-Mar 11th, 12:30 pm
or call 301 891 7259.
Join us as we learn about the five past mass extinctions and their impact on the Earth, as well as the possibilities of a sixth mass extinction to come. What were their likely causes?  How can reduce the risk of a future mass extinction?  The five-week online course is lead by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, a paleobiologist based at the University of Cape Town, and former South African Woman of the Year. You'll follow the course lectures and resources online, and then we'll gather on Sunday afternoons to discuss each week's material. Register for the online portion of the course at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/extinctions-past-present?lr=28
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, February 25, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17
or call 301 891 7259.
kids art
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 8
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, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7; Tuesday, July 10, August 7
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 : 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 Families
Takoma Park Maryland Library
April 28
yoga frogsYoga Storytime for families with 0-6-year olds. Enjoy yoga poses, songs, and a story with your child.
This is a 30-45 minute program.
We have yoga mats available. 
Occasional Saturdays, 10:30 am
 
Wonderful Ones
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
or call 301 891 7259.

It's time for 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!

PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m.


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.
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

The next Petites Chansons will take place on Sat. Feb. 24 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.
Alternative Games
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
diceThis monthly program, held on a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon, is led by Library Associate Dave Burbank. Come play Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games aimed at ages 8 up. The program will take place on the last weekend of each month but we're still experimenting on whether Saturday or Sunday is best. So, because the program doesn't yet have a  fixed schedule, registration is encouraged so we can let you know when the next Alternative Games will take place!
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.

CaldecottOn Monday,  Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., we'll read the 2018 Caldecott Medal winner and Caldecott Honor books. Come join the fun!
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.
Twosies!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
or call 301 891 7259.

Get ready -- it's time for Twosies! Each Wednesday morning in March, 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 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
 

Where the Wild Things Are Party
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Mar. 17, 2:00-4:00
or call 301 891 7259.

Calling all Wild Things! Join us at 2:00 for a Where the Wild Things Are party. We will read the Maurice Sendak Caldecott-winning classic picture book and enjoy crafts and games. Wear your favorite wild thing costume if you like! 
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