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.
Events for February 19, 2020   (view all events)
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Celebrate Leap Day 2020 with a story (Leap Back Home to Me and If You're Hoppy) and leap-themed activities!
All ages are welcome and no registration is required. Registration however is helpful so we know how many people to expect.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Best-selling teen author Ally Carter will preview her fantasy novel for kids 8-12 at the Library on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Titled Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, Carter's book tells the story of five foster children living in the wealthy Winterborne home who discover they must help the Winterborne family heir -- who is in hiding -- to foil a plot that could endanger them all. In its review,  Kirkus called it "an entertaining adventure with villains, heroes, and tantalizing mysteries galor," while Publishers Weekly noted: "In her middle grade debut, Carter ... offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family." At our event, Politics & Prose will have copies of Carter's books for sale, but the program is free and no purchase is required. Please join us!
Sunday, April 19, May 31
or call 301 891 7259.
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April 19
May 31

 
Sunday, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, August 9
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, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, August 9

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, March 10, April 14, May 5
or call 301 891 7259.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, April 14, May 5

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 10:30 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
circlesThere is NO Circle Time on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 2019. See you Jan. 7, 2020!
NOTE: We are now hosting ONLY ONE Tuesday Circle Time, which will take place at 10:30 a.m.. Please mark your calendars!

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.

 
Occasional Friday Afternoons
or call 301 891 7259.
pencilsTO 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.
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.
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.
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.
 
Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25
or call 301 891 7259.
It's time for Toddler Time! For four Wednesday mornings in March, 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!

PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU.
Sunday, Mar. 8, 2:00-4:00
Make art inspired by the styles and methods of famous artists and illustrators!

Our inspirations will include Yayoi Kusama, Faith Ringgold, Lois Ehlert, and Leonora Carrington.
Registration only.
For children 4 and up

 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 15, 22, 29

THERE WILL BE NO PROGRAM APRIL 8.

Calling all babies, ages birth through 18 months: it's time for Babytime! For four Wednesday mornings in April 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 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.

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 7 p.m.
Please join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. when Caldecott Honor Illustrator David Shannon will present his newest picture book, Roy Digs Dirt. In this hilarious book, Shannon, who won a Caldecott Honor for No, David!,  tells the story of a white terrier named Roy who is crazy about dirt. He loves to roll in it, play in it, and of course, dig in it. One thing Roy doesn't like, though, is what happens when he gets too dirty: it's bathtime! In its review, Kirkus said: This is a rollicking story that will especially resonate with readers who are unapologetically messy.... Shannon's illustrations are comically energetic, and Roy's expressions are hilariously wild-eyed, tongue-lolling, and frenzied. Roy's white coat helps keep the focus on dirty patches. Here's the dirt on this one: Kids will dig it." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Shannon's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required.
Tuesday, May 12
Join us on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. when Newbery Honor author Adam Gidwitz presents the latest book in his Unicorn Rescue Society series, The Madre De Aguas of Cuba. Gidwitz is author of the best-selling A Tale Dark and Grimm,  the first in a trilogy in which he hilariously retells the Grimms' fairy tales, as well as The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, for which he won a 2017 Newbery Honor. In his latest book, co-written with Emma Otheguy, Gidwitz tells of the efforts of the Unicorn Rescue Society to find the mysterious Madre De Aguas, a serpent believed to provide and protect the fresh water of Cuba. The series, full of fantasy and action, has won popular and critical acclaim. Politics and Prose will sell copies of Gidwitz' books, but our event is free and no purchase is required.
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