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, Sep. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Join us Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. when two kids' comics creators present their latest books. Jeffrey Brown, known for books like "Jedi Academy" and "Vader's Little Princess," now turns his attention to the cave age with his new book, "Lucy & Andy Neanderthal." Judd Winick, meanwhile, continues the adventures of his popular robot named HiLo in "HiLo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World." Politics & Prose will sell books by Brown and Winick at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal 9780385388351 HiLo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World. 9780385386234
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Juana and Lucas. 9780763672089Join us on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. when author/illustrator Juana Medina presents her new book, Juana and Lucas. In this first book of a new series, Medina introduces us to Juana, a young girl living in Bogota, Colombia who loves playing with her dog Lucas and is a fan of a comic book superhero named "Astroman," but is unhappy that her school requires students to learn English. Things look up for Juana, however, when her grandfather promises her a trip to the Spaceland theme park to meet Astroman if she works hard at learning English. In its review, Booklist noted: "Through this strong, adventurous, and smart female protagonist, Medina presents an extraordinary story about the many opportunities learning a new language can bring. Full-color illustrations provide excellent depictions of Juana’s life in Bogotá and allow readers to connect with her character and culture." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Juana and Lucas, 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
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Join us on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. when author/illustrator David Shannon presents his newest picture book, Duck On a Tractor, which is a sequel to the much-loved Duck On a Bike. The Kirkus review of Duck On a Tractor notes: "Zany humor once again radiates from both pictures and text: reading out loud is a real delight. Bright, textured colors heighten the madcap antics of each character. The finale wraps things up with a mischievous wink." Shannon won a Caldecott Honor in 1999 for another favorite picture book, No, David! and is and energetic and entertaining presenter. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Shannon's books, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Duck On a Tractor.  9780545619417
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.
Kids Art
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday: October 23, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 12, March 19
or call 301 891 7259.
image from Deviant ArtSunday, October 23, November 20, December 18
January 22, February 12, March 19
2:00-3:00
Kids of all ages are welcome.
Make art, have fun!


Usually one Sunday a month and some Wednesdays in the summer
 
LEGO Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5
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
or call 301 891 7259.
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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, October 5, November 2, December 14, January 11, February 1, March 1
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
January 21, March 4
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, Sept. 13 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, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
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Our next Caldecott Club program will take place on Monday, September 12 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.
Tuesday Circle Time
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays at 10 AM
or call 301 891 7259.


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!
Culture and Language - Slogans, Books, Monuments and Images.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Four Sundays, September 18th through October 9th
or call 301 891 7259.
holocaust memorial in berlin
Dante's Inferno, ¡No pasarán!, The Bronze Horseman, Danse du Ventre, The Quauhquechollan Lienzo ....

Our fall MOOC begins online September 12th.  We will get together for our first discussion Sunday the 18th at 12:30 and continue for four weeks.



Register for the MOOC directly with Futurelearn
Register for the Sunday get-togethers with the register button above (we need to know, more-or-less, how much coffee to make)
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.
fleur de lis


The next Petites Chansons will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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.
Babytime
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Oct. 12, 19 & 26, 11 a.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Babytime! : Calling 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 and caregivers, don't worry if your little one sleeps at this time in the morning. Just bring them and prepare to have fun meeting other grown-ups as you learn some fun -- and educational --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.)
 

PLEASE REGISTER USING YOUR CHILD'S NAME, NOT YOURS. THANK YOU!

  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Artist/Illustrator Jeffery Boston Weatherford
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen.  9781481449380Artist Jeffery Boston Weatherford will talk about his illustrations for You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The book is composed of a series of poems by Carole Boston Weatherford, Jeffery's mother and a noted kid's non-fiction author. The Horn Book called Jeffery Weatherford's illustrations "evocative" while School Library Journal noted: "Scratchboard illustrations by the author's son bring the subject to life." Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring this special event. Copies of We Can Fly will be available for purchase at the program, but the event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Picture Book Creators Henry Cole and Erica Perl
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. when author Erica Perl and illustrator Henry Cole present their newest book, "Ferocious Fluffity: A Mighty Bite-y Class Pet."  In the book, Perl and Cole tell the story of a hamster who is very cute but also has a very bad habit. Kirkus noted in its review: ".Another crowd pleaser from the creators of 'Chicken Butt!'" Politics & Prose will be selling copies of the book at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Ferocious Fluffity.  9781419721823
 
Author Jacqueline Davies
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Panda Pants.  9780553535778Join us on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. when author Jacqueline Davies, known for her popular Lemonade War series for older kids, presents her newest picture book, Panda Pants. In its review, Kirkus noted: "Davies' story will be amusingly familiar to anyone who's gone head-to-head with determined little ones who are convinced they have the best idea ever right now. Hanson's illustrations are impressive, double-page spreads of lush watercolor bamboo alternating with white-backgrounded vignettes for faster-paced dialogue....There's nothing too scary, no message to navigate—just a sweet story, well done." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Panda Pants, but the event is free and no purchase is required.
 
Kids’ Superstar Authors Eoin Colfer & Jonathan Stroud
Community Center Auditorium
Monday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Monday, Nov. 7 ay 7:30 p.m. when two superstar kids' authors -- Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud -- spotlight their newest books. Colfer will be talking about Iron Man: The Gauntlet, a page-turning adventure novel featuring the superhero. In its review, Kirkus writes: "Colfer deftly weaves together all of the crucial elements of an entertaining superhero story: dastardly villains, a feisty sidekick, a duel to the death, and a hero worth cheering for." Stroud, meanwhile, will be showcasing The Creeping Shadow, the latest book in his popular Lockwood & Co. series. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of books by Colfer and Stroud, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Iron Man: The Gauntlet.  9781484741603The Creeping Shadow.  9781484709672

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