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, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.
9781596439672Join us on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. when the mysterious author Pseudonymous Bosch spotlights Bad News, the third volume in his best-selling Bad Books series. Bad News again features the intrepid Clay and his Secret Series Allies battling against the white-gloved members of the Midnight Sun. There's lots of adventure as well as comedy, as Bosch employs his typically irreverent authorial tone. Bosch's previous books include the first two books in the Bad Books series, Bad Magic and Bad Luck,  as well as the popular Secret series, which began in 2007 with The Name of the This Book Is a Secret.  Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Bosch's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 7:30 p.m.
1481492063Join us on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., when author Hena Khan presents her new kids' novel, Amina's Voice, which features a Pakistani-American girl who is trying to deal with the challenge of starting middle school as she balances between two cultures. In its review, Kirkus noted: "Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith. Amina's middle school woes and the universal themes running through the book transcend culture, race, and religion." Khan is an up-and-coming author whose previous books, including the picture book,Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, have won critical praise. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Khan's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26
or call 301 891 7259.
babyCalling 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 -- 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.)

PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.


  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
Monday, Apr. 17, 7:30 p.m.
9781596436541Join us on MOnday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. when kids' graphic novelist Alexis Frederick-Frost presents his latest book, Hocus Focus. Frederick-Frost is part of the trio that creates the popular Adventures in Cartooning series -- the other two are James Sturm and Andrew Arnold – and Hocus Focus is their newest book.
 
In Hocus Focus, the Knight is quite unhappy with her first magic lesson, which has her peeling turnips for soup instead of creating a magic potion. So she takes things into her own hands by stealing the wizard’s wand and spell book. Then things get crazy when the Knight transforms one character into a hugely-hungry worm.
 
As in the other Adventures in Cartooning books, Hocus Focus is part traditional graphic novel and part drawing manual. It’s a combination that inspires and engages young readers and drawing fans. At our event, Frederick-Frost will talk about read from the book, and then do some live drawing for the crowd. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of the book, the no purchase or registration is required to attend.

 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
Join us on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for a very special event featuring master picture book creator William Joyce, who also is the creator of the popular TV series, Rolie Polie Olie. At our program, Joyce will be showcasing newly-republished editions of three of his classic picture books: Bently & Egg; Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo; and A Day With Wilbur Robinson. For those who are unfamiliar with these longer-form picture books, Joyce elegantly combines fantasy with humor to tell whimsically-illustrated tales that are perfect for young readers, especially those ages 4-8. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Joyce's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
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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: April 23, May 21, June 11, July 9
or call 301 891 7259.
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April 23: 
May 21:
June 11: Teachers & Dads Rock
July 9:

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

Usually one Sunday a month.
 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, 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, 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
April 15, May 27, July 8
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.
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.
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The next Petites Chansons will take place on Saturday, April 1, 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.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Apr. 3, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottOUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, April 3 at 7 p.m. when we'll launch a new Caldecott Club season! To get things started, we're going to take a fun look at "book parts" -- gutters, endpapers, and -- yes -- undies! -- by re-reading some classic Caldecott Medal winners.

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.
Books-to-Action: A Social Justice Book Club for Kids and Families
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Apr. 8, 2 p.m.
Global warming and environmental activism are the themes for the next meeting of Books-To-Action, which will take place on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m  Books-to-Action is a social justice book club for kids and families and our April theme is designed to connect to the April 22 March for Science on Earth Day. At our April 8 meeting, we’ll read and discuss books about people who have focused on improving the environment, and then we’ll create signs and buttons for the March for Science. Our meeting is best for ages 5 up because of the length and themes of the books we’ll be reading, but younger children are welcome. No registration required.
 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Apr. 11, 4 p.m.
Come join us at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month -- September through June -- for our comics book book club! At Comics Jam, Library Associate Dave Burbank reads from some comics and/or part of a graphic novel, using our projector and screen so everyone can follow along. Dave concludes the program by taking drawing requests from the participants. No registration required.
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
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