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
MOOC: How to Read a
Computer Room B
Sundays, 7/30, 8,/6, 8/13, 8/20 at 12:30
or call 301 891 7259.
Join us as we learn How to Read a Novel through a free online course from the  University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  Register with Futurelearn, where the online portion of the course becomes available on July 24th.  Then register here to let us know you will be joining us on Sundays at the library (in Computer Room B) to discuss that week's content.  We'll meet at 12:30 for about an hour, over coffee and snacks.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Sep. 12, 7 p.m.
All the Way to HavanaJoin us on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. when Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle joins with illustrator Mike Curato to present their new picture book, All the Way to Havana. Engle, a Cuban-American, is the first Latina to hold the laureate's post; she also is a Newbery Honor winner for her book, The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom. In this new picture book, Engle tells of a boy's excitement about a family trip from their Cuban village to the big city of Havana. All the Way to Havana has received four starred reviews; in its review, Kirkus noted: "Colorful, detailed illustrations and animated, evocative text, peppered with Spanish and full of the excitement of a journey, guide readers through their small Cuban town, over roadways, and past other vintage cars to the destination—a family celebration! Energetic descriptions engage virtually all of the senses and will draw in readers across gender, race ... and nationality, while politics go unmentioned, as appropriate to the age of the audience." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of the 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
Wednesday, Sep. 13, 7 p.m.
Creepy UnderwearOn Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Caldecott Honor Illustrator Peter Brown returns to the library to present his latest picture book, Creepy Pair of Underwear. Written by Aaron Reynolds, the book is a follow up to the award-winning Creepy Carrots and features the same protagonist named Jasper Rabbit. This time, it's a pair of glow-in-the-dark underpants that's making Jasper unhappy, but he just can't seem to make them go away. The book has earned a starred review from Booklist, while School Library Journal called it "An enjoyable and comfortably spine-tingling picture book for a Halloween or any day storytime." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Brown's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Sep. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Castle in the StarsOn Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m., noted graphic novelist Alex Alice will spotlight his new graphic novel for kids, Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869. In its review, Booklist wrote: "What do you get when you mix steampunk, historic scientific theories, Jules Verne-style adventure, and King Ludwig II of Bavaria? A rollicking good time, that’s what," while Publishers Weekly noted: "Lushly painted scenes, an abundance of banter among the young heroes, and plenty of action and gadgetry make for an engrossing tale of discovery and betrayal, which builds to a cliffhanger ending to set up the second and final volume." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Alice's book, but our event is free and no purchase is required.
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, August 20, September 17, October 29, November 19, December 17
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtAugust 20: DIY Musical Instruments
Learn to make simple musical instruments out of household materials! 
Crafts will be most appropriate for 3 and up, with some adult assistance.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, September 10, October 1, November 5, December 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, September 6, October 18, November 1, December 20, January 17, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Cloudskipper DreamingWear 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.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Jun. 13, 4 p.m.
The next Comics Jam will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 4 p.m.  This will be our last Comics Jam program until September.

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.
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
occasional Fridays, Sept-June, 4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Due to popular demand, we are starting up Scribbler's Cabal again in August, instead of waiting for school to start in September!

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.
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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Madame Marie will return on Saturday, Sept. 2, 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, Sep. 18, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
CaldecottOUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

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.
Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Sep. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Author Katherine Applegate, who won a Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan, presents her new kids' novel, wishtree, on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium. In a starred review, School Library Journal noted that "Applegate meets high expectations in this tale told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is "two hundred and sixteen rings old." Touching on religious bigotry and the environment, Applegate keeps the emphasis on her characters, the many animals and birds who find shelter in the tree's branches all year round.... Another stunning effort from Applegate." At the program, Applegate will read from her new book and take questions from the audience before signing books. There is no registration for this event, and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Politics & Prose bookstore will be selling copies of Applegate's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Graphic Novelist Liniers
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, Sep. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Liniers is a superstar cartoonist his home country of Argentina and he'll be discussing his newest graphic novel for kids on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.. Titled Good Night, Planet, the book tells the story of a stuffed toy fawn who leads a double life. By day, he is the plaything of a young girl, but by night he has adventures with the family dog. In a starred review, Booklist noted: "There are plenty of stories about what toys get up to at night, but this quiet, masterfully executed comic is particularly enchanting." Good Night, Planet is being simultaneously published in English and Spanish, and Liniers is happy to take questions in both languages about his work. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Liniers' graphic novels for kids but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Yoga Storytime for 2-4 year olds
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Sep. 30, 10:30 am
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, September 30, 10:30 am
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