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
Saturday, Jul. 16, 3 p.m.
the giant turnip Beech Tree Puppets returns to the Library on Saturday, July 16 at 3 p.m. with “The Giant Turnip.” Based on a Ukranian folktale, “The Giant Turnip” tells the story of an e1lderly couple who unwittingly grow a vegetable so large that they can’t unearth it by themselves but need to enlist the help of others in their community. Ingrid Cowan Haas and Ole Haas, founders of Beech Tree Puppets, use hand-crafted rod puppets, shadow puppets and original songs to bring “The Giant Turnip” to life. No registration required for this program, which is suited to ages 3-103.
  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, Jul. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Our first Drop Everything and Read event, which was held in April to celebrate author Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday, was a huge success. So we’re going to do it again on Monday, July 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. We’ll have snacks and lemonade, thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. All you have to do is come to the Library, pick a book, and start reading. It’s like a silent reading club! Parents with young children are welcome to read quietly to their pre-readers. No registration and all ages welcome.
 

D.E.A.R. 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
Saturday, Jul. 30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Harry Potter Calling all Harry Potter fans! On Saturday, July 30—the eve of Harry’s birthday – we will be having a special listening session, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., of the beginning of “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.” What exactly is a “listening session”? It means that we will be gathering in the Children’s Room and listening to a recording of the incomparable Jim Dale reading the beginning of the first book in the “Harry Potter” series. In other words, we’ll be “reading with our ears.” You’re invited to bring blankets and pillows to make yourselves comfortable as you listen; we’ll provide snacks and lemonade, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library

Harry Potter Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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.
Tuesday Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays at 10 AM and then again at 11
or call 301 891 7259.
There is No Circle Time on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Please join us for the next Circle Time on Tuesday, July 5.

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!
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday: July 17, September 18; Wednesday: June 29, July 13, 20, 27
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtJuly 17
September 18
2:00-3:00
Kids of all ages are welcome.
One Sunday a month and some Wednesdays in the summer

 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, July 10, August 7, September 11
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 10:30 AM
or call 301 891 7259.
neon sign 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.

PLEASE NOTE; THERE WILL BE NO SPANISH CIRCLE TIME ON JULY 21, JULY 28, and AUG. 4. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Bedtime Stories & a Craft
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5
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
August 6
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
 
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays, April 12, May 10 & June 14 at 4 p.m.
Our next Comics Jam program will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

Kids and adults are welcome to join us for our monthly Comics Jam program -- our comics book club -- led by the Library's graphic novel guru Dave Burbank. Comics Jam usually takes place on the second Tuesday of the month and begins at 4 p.m. No registration necessary for this program, which concludes with Dave taking "drawing requests" from the audience.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, May 9, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
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Our next Caldecott Club program will take place on Monday, July 11 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.
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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Petites Chansons is "en vacances" for the summer and will resume in September. Please check back in August for the exact date.

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.
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