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
Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Please join us for our annual “Scary Stories” program on Monday, Oct. 23! Led by master storyteller Candace Wolf, there will be two sessions; from 7-7:45 p.m., Wolf will tell stories for kids ages 5-7, then from 7:50-8:50 p.m., she’ll turn up the fright factor as she tells stories for kids ages 8-13. No registration is necessary for this program, which is a Library tradition and generously funded 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 Maryland Library
Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

Eaglebear returns with his family and friends on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. for an evening of songs and dances from the Xicano and Apache Indian cultures. Eaglebear, also known as Tomas Shash, has been coming to our Library for many years to help us celebrate American Indian Heritage Month. It’s always a great program for all ages, and there’s no registration required. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring Eaglebear’s program!

 

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
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Maya Lin

Kids’ author Jeanne Walker Harvey will discuss her new picture book biography of architect Maya Lin on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.. Titled Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, the book was called “an artful resource for dreamers of all ages” by Booklist while School Library Journal labeled it “quietly inspiring.” In the book, aimed at ages 4-8, Harvey outlines both Lin’s life and her artistic vision, and also emphasizes her courage at standing her ground against a backlash of critics when Lin’s design was chosen for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Lin was just 21 at the time. Harvey will read her book and take questions from the audience before signing books. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Harvey's book, but our event is free and no purchase is required.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Perfect Score

On Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., kids’ novelist Rob Buyea will introduce The Perfect Score, the first book in his new Lake View Middle School series. Buyea has won many young readers for his Mr. Terupt series, which told the stories of several students and their close relationship with a beloved teacher. In The Perfect Score, Buyea takes on the subject of standardized testing as he tells how several sixth graders band together to take on the tests and try to ace them. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted that “The students’ stories are compelling, and Buyea confidently mixes humor and heart," while School Library Journal called The Perfect Score “engaging and highly discussion-worthy.”

Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, November 19, December 10, January 21, February 25, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17
or call 301 891 7259.
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 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, January 17, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2
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
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.
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 2-4 year olds
Takoma Park Maryland Library
November 11, February 3
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
 
Babytime
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11:00-11:30
or call 301 891 7259.
babyCalling all babies, ages birth through 12 months: it's time for Babytime! Each Wednesday morning in October 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.
 
Wonderful Ones!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 15, 22 & 29, 11 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.

It's time for the "Wonderful Ones"! For three Wednesday mornings in November, 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.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.
The next Comics Jam will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 4 p.m.  Join us!

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.
Picture Book Creator Dave Engledow
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Dave Engledow, a Takoma Park photographer who has found Internet fame as the self-proclaimed “World’s Best Father,” presents his debut picture book, The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Go to Bed. In the book, Engledow combines hilarious photos of himself, his wife and their young daughter Alice Bee, as he tells the story of a child who adamantly stays up until dawn. In its review, Publishers Weekly noted: “The consequences are standard for this genre—she uses her pancakes for a pillow, drowsily combs her teeth, and snoozes through a birthday party—but seeing a real girl act them out (especially one who embraces slapstick and is so natural in front of the camera) is a fun twist, and will remind readers of their favorite live-action comedies.” And Kirkus added: “While it may not make kids excited for bedtime, this book is one they'll want to read.”

 

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 Sat. Nov. 18 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.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Nov. 20, 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.
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