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
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 7:30 p.m.
poetryCome read a favorite poem at the 21st Favorite Poem Evening at the Library - on Tuesday, April 24, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Choose a published poem you have read and admired. Send its title, author and your name and generic occupation for inclusion in a printed program to Ellen Robbins at the library by April 18.

All are welcome to read or just listen!.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library Sponsored by Takoma Park Library and the Friends of the Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Monday, Apr. 30, 7 p.m.
what if... Author Samantha Berger and illustrator Mike Curato open our celebration of Children's Book Week on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. when they present their new picture book, What If…. As the book opens, a young African-American girl with purple hair who loves to draw thinks about what she would do if one day her pencil disappeared. As Berger details, the girl digs deeper and deeper into her creativity, realizing finally: “If I had nothing, but still had my mind; there would always be stories to seek and to find."

What If has won raves from critics, with Kirkus calling the book a “testament to the power of an imaginative mind,” adding: “ While readers will find much to love in the exuberant rhyming verse, attending closely to the illustrations brings its own rewards given the fascinating combinations of mixed media Curato employs.”At our program, Berger and Curato will read their book and then talk about how it came together; Curato also will do some live drawing for the crowd. Berger has written a number of picture books, including Crankenstein, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. Curato, known for his best-selling Little Elliott books, visited the Library last fall to spotlight his illustrations for the critically-acclaimed All the Way to Havana, written by Margarita Engle. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of the book, but our event is free and no purchase or registration is required.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
or call 301 891 7259.
baby penguin It's time for the "Wonderful Ones"! Each Wednesday morning in May, 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 five classes; please register only if you can make all five classes (barring illness, of course) as we often have people on our waiting list. Thanks for understanding!

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
BobNewbery Medalist Rebecca Stead and best-selling kids’ author Wendy Mass will conclude our Children's Book Week celebration on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. when they discuss their magical new novel, Bob, in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. Stead won the 2010 Newbery Medal for her novel, When You Reach Me. Mass is hugely popular with young readers for her novels, which include A Mango-Shaped Space, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, and The Candymakers.

In Bob, Mass and Stead join forces to tell the story of the unusual friendship between Livy, a 10-year-old girl, and a little green creature named Bob. Livy first met Bob when she traveled to Australia from the United States as a five-year-old to spend a few weeks with her grandmother. Now she has returned five years later and has no recollection of Bob, who has been waiting faithfully for her. After some initial discomfort, the two pick up where they left off as Livy pledges to help Bob figure out who or what he is and where he’s from. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Bob an “irresistible tale of magic, mystery, and friendship that poses timeless questions about identity and belonging.”

At our program, Stead and Mass will talk about how they came up with the idea for the book, and what it was like to work together. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Bob and other books by Stead and Mass, but our event is free and no purchase or registration is required.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
books The Friends Of the Takoma Park Maryland Library Spring Book Sale will be held on Saturday May 12, from 10 am to 3 pm on the Library lawn.  We will have books for kids and adults - fiction and nonfiction - all in great condition at low prices!

The Library will accept donations of gently used books of general interest at the Library until May 7th. More than 3 boxes must be by appointment.

To volunteer at the sale, contact Pat Hanrahan at   Service Learning hours are available for High School Students. Sponsored by Friends Of the Takoma Park Maryland Library (FTPML).
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Monday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Power Forward Crescent Moons and Pointed MinaretsAward-winning kids' author Hena Khan returns to our Library on Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. to present Power Forward, the first book in a new series about Zayd Saleem, a boy dreaming of being the first Pakistani-American NBA player. In its review, Kirkus said "Readers will cheer for Zayd and look forward to the next volume," while Booklist called the book "a promising series opener featuring a main character with a refreshing perspective, which will appeal to plenty of sports-loving readers." At our program, Khan, who visited the Library last spring to present the critically-acclaimed Amina's Voice, will read from Power Forward, talk about how she came to write it, and then take questions from the audience. Khan also will briefly spotlight her other just-published book, a picture book titled Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Khan's books, but our event is free and no purchase or registration is required to attend.
Sunday, May 20, June 17
or call 301 891 7259.
kids art
Sunday, 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!
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.
Tuesday, July 10, August 7, September 4,
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.

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!
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.
occasional Fridays, Sept-June, 4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
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.
April 28, June 9
or call 301 891 7259.
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
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25
or call 301 891 7259.
Calling all babies, ages birth through 12 months: it's time for Babytime! Each Wednesday morning in April 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 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.)


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. April 7, 2018 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.
Sundays April 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th
or call 301 891 7259.
coilJoin us for our new series of Sunday afternoon chats and coffee.  The MOOC will be from Coursera this time, the online materials will be available April 2.  

Our Sunday sessions will be:
April 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th.

Why is DNA called the blueprint of life?
What is a DNA fingerprint?
How do scientists clone DNA?
What can DNA teach you about your family history?
Are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) safe?
Is it possible to revive dinosaurs by cloning their DNA?

Register here, if you wish to join us.
To sign up for the MOOC itself you need to go to Coursera
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 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.
Monday, Apr. 16, 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.
Sunday, Apr. 29, 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!
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