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
Wednesdays, September 4, 18 & 25
or call 301 891 7259.
applesIt's Preschool Time! 

Have fun learning concepts (shapes, counting, colors, etc.) and skills (scissor practice, glueing, name writing, taking turns, etc.) through songs, stories, fingerplays, and activities.
Children 3-5 years old

September 4, 18 & 25 11:00-11:45

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Saturday, Sep. 21, 2 p.m.
drawing by Shelly at SketchportOn Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m., we’re kicking off Banned Books Week a day early at our Books-to-Action: A Social Justice Book Club for Kids & Families. At our program, we’ll be reading from some great picture books that have been challenged over the years, including the Caldecott-Medal-winning Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, In the Night Kitchen, And Tango Makes Three, and Tar Beach. If there’s interest and time, we also might read sections from one of the often-challenged books in the Captain Underpants series, and from one of the Bone graphic novels. We’ll conclude the program with a craft connected to Banned Books Week. No registration is required, and all ages are welcome.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight 9781524771348Join us on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. for a fun program featuring Jenni and Matt Holm, siblings who write and illustrate books together, including the best-selling Babymouse and Sunny comic book series. Jenni also has won three Newbery Honors for her kids’ novels, Our Only May Amelia, Penny From Heaven, and Turtle In Paradise. At our event, the Holms will present their new picture book, The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight. In the book, two siblings find themselves at odds until they decide – albeit temporarily -- to join forces in a quest. In its review, Publishers Weekly noted: “The sly contrast between words and pictures is the source of much of the story’s fun: “He freed the fair maiden from her prison” shows the Brave Knight crossing the bathtub to rescue their cat. It’s a droll portrait of the love-hate sibling bond—both medieval and modern.” At our event, Politics & Prose will be selling copies of the Holm's books, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
More to the Story 9781481492096On Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m., kids author Hena Khan will present her new novel, More to the Story, an update on Khan’s favorite kids’ book, Little Women. Set in contemporary Georgia, Khan’s novel features four Pakistani-American sisters who mirror the four March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel. In its review, School Library Journal noted: “This thoughtful update of Alcott's classic text features an American Muslim family and deftly balances issues such as microaggressions and cancer treatment with typical middle grade tropes such as sibling rivalry, a first crush, and an early adolescent search for identity.” Kirkus, meanwhile, stated: “A delightful concept well executed, this volume is sure to find many fans.” At our event, Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Khan's books, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
Ants Don’t Wear Pants 9781943145454On Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., popular comics author/illustrator Kevin McCloskey returns to the Library to spotlight his newest book, Ants Don’t Wear Pants, part of the Giggle and Learn comic book series for young readers ages 4-8. After tackling worms, snails and other creatures, McCloskey focuses on the wonders of ants, who hear with their legs and smell with their antennae. As always, McCloskey provides an entertaining mix of humor and facts, allowing kids to laugh as they learn. Politics & Prose will be selling McCloskey'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
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Just In Case You Want to Fly 9780823443444On Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., author Julie Fogliano will showcase her new picture book, Just In Case You Want to Fly. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson, who won a 2016 Caldecott Honor for his art in Last Stop On Market Street. In its review, Publishers Weekly noted: “This bubbly excursion by the team behind When’s My Birthday? celebrates parents’ impulse to give their children the world: ‘Just in case you want to fly/ here’s some wind/ and here’s the sky’…. The verse and images follow a bedtime trajectory… but contain enough energy to be read anytime…. Robinson extends classic picture book scenes of play and home life to show all sorts of children finding magic in all kinds of places.” At our event, Politics and Prose will be selling copies of Fogliano's book, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Poet X 9780062662804The award-winning young adult novel, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, will be discussed by the Friends Book Group on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 in the Azalea Room at the Takoma Park Community Center. Written in verse, The Poet X, tells how young Xiomara Batista in Harlem struggles with her family, religion, and adolescence in all its angst-ridden guises—acceptance, friendship, and sexuality. Eventually, she turns to slam poetry as her outlet to express what she feels. The Poet X won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The novel also received the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Award from UK librarians earlier this year. Acevedo is the first woman of color to win this award. Copies of the book will be available at the Library; the discussion will take place in the Azalea Room in the Takoma Park Community Center.

  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez 9781419737046On Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m., we’ll host author Andrea Beaty, who is known for a series of best-selling picture books called the Questioneers series. Among the books are: Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist, Scientist.  At our event, Andrea will be talking about the newest book in the series: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. The book touches on themes of community, public engagement and speaking up for what's right. Beaty will be joined by Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart, who will talk briefly about how she got involved in politics and offer advice for aspiring young politicians in the audience about how they can make a difference in their community. At our event, Politics and Prose will sell copies of Beaty's books, but our program is free and no purchase is required to attend. (Note: the Library will close, as usual on Fridays, at 6 p.m., and then re-open shortly before 7 p.m. just for this event).
Sunday, September 22, October 13, November 17, December 15
or call 301 891 7259.

September 22, October 13, November 17, December 15

Sunday, October 6, November 3, December 1
or call 301 891 7259.
Lego Librarian Enjoy free play and building with LEGO at our monthly LEGO Club.
We also have LEGO books and LEGO Club Magazine that kids can use for inspiration.

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.
Sunday, October 6, November 3, December 1

Please don't bring your own LEGO! We have plenty for everyone to use. We also 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 10:30 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
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NOTE: Starting in July, there will be ONE session of Spanish Circle Time. It will take place each Thursday from 10:30-11 a.m.

Los jueves.  La  sesión empreza a las 10:30.

Join Señora Geiza every Thursday for a rousing half-hour program of Spanish songs and rhymes. Great for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Tuesday, November 5, December 3
or call 301 891 7259.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, December 3

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.
circlesNOTE: There is only one Circle Time program in July -- on Tuesday, July 16 with Ms. Kati. She will lead Circle Times at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. that day. Circle Time will resume its normal weekly schedule with Ms. Karen on Tuesday, August 6.

Sign 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!
2019: Jan 1, 20 & 21, Feb 17 & 18, May 26 & 27, Jul 4, Sep 1 & 2, Nov 11, 28, 29, 30, Dec 1, 24, 25
closed book We do close sometimes!  For Monday holidays we usually close Sundays as well.  If the library is closed, the computer rooms are also closed. 

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 Friday Afternoons
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.
Occasional Saturdays or Sundays
or call 301 891 7259.
diceJoin game-master Dave Burbank for this monthly session of Alternative Games, including Dungeons & Dragons. The event, which takes place from 2-4 p.m., is aimed at kids ages 8 up; registration required. NOTE: The program normally takes place the last weekend of the month, but sometimes is on Saturday and sometimes Sunday. We'll send an email with the latest program date to all who are registered.
Occasional Monday Evenings
or call 301 891 7259.
Caldecott illustrationJoin our family book club -- our Caldecott Club! Each month, we read 4 new picture books -- all possibilities for the Caldecott Medal. We discuss each book, using our "kid-friendly" Caldecott criteria, then vote on our favorite at the end of each night. Lemonade and cookies (including gluten-, nut- & dairy-free alternatives) are served at each Caldecott Club meeting courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
or call 301 891 7259.

Calling all babies, ages birth through 18 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. 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 and caregivers as you learn some fun ways to interact with your little one. (Note: this program is offered as a package of five classes; please register only if you can make all five 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.
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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.
Occasional Tuesday Afternoons
Join us for this fun, once-a-month "Comics Book Club" program which takes place on the second Tuesday each month at 4 p.m., Sept.-June. At our program Library Associate Dave Burbank reads comics aloud; as he reads, the comics are projected on a big screen so that everyone can follow along. The program concludes with Dave, who is our staff artist, taking drawing requests from the audience. No registration required.
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