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
Sunday: Feb. 7, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 15, June 12
or call 301 891 7259.
February 7: Celebrating Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year!
March 13: St. Patrick's Day 
April 10: Springtime

Sunday Crafternoons
Kids of all ages!

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
MOOC: From Freedom R
Computer Room B
Sundays, January 31 through February 28, 12:30 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
The Modern Civil Rights Movement is a significant landmark in United States history. This movement was a struggle for human rights directly challenging the nation to extend its democratic principles to African Americans and all peoples. This course sheds light on the often overlooked strategic planning that supported the direction of the events and is told by a voice intimately involved in the organization of movement—Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Topics include the history of the campaigns, the different coalitions and groups, philosophy and methods of nonviolent direct action, and the contemporary application of nonviolent conflict transformation. The course hosts several guest speakers, including Andrew Young, Reverend C.T. Vivian, Henry "Hank" Thomas, and Constance Curry.

Follow the free online course at
and join us Sundays at 12:30 in Computer Room B to discuss each week's materials.
Scribbler’s Cabal
Takoma Park Maryland Library
most Fridays, 4 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
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.
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!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Sunday, Feb. 21, March 6, April 3
or call 301 891 7259.
Enjoy free play and building with LEGO at our monthly LEGO Club.
Some months we have a theme for kids to try out.
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.
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. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Bedtime Stories & a Craft
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesday, Mar. 1, Apr.5; Wednesday, May 4, June 1
or call 301 891 7259.
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 the first Tuesday of the month and is always at 7:00.
Starting in May, it will move to Wednesdays!

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
February 20, April 2, May 14
or call 301 891 7259.
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. 
October 17, 10:30 am
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.

The next Petites Chansons will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 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.
Comics Jam
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Tuesdays, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 & March 8 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.
Wonderful Ones!
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, & 24
or call 301 891 7259.
It's time for the "Wonderful Ones"! Each Wednesday morning in February, 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!

  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Caldecott Club
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
Please join us on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. for our monthly Caldecott Club, a.k.a. our family book club. This month we will be reading some wonderful "Calde-nots" -- books that weren't eligible for the Caldecott Medal but are definitely worth reading. As always, cookies and lemonade will be served, all ages are welcome, and no registration is required. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
"The Hollow Tree" Puppet Show
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Saturday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m.
To celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb 13, we are presenting "The Hollow Tree," a special puppet show created and performed by Beech Tree Puppets at 3 p.m. This unique presentation, aimed at ages 3 through 103, tells the story of what happens when a number of different animals take refuge from the snow in the same hollow stump. Kids and adults will enjoy the beauty of the handcrafted rod puppets as well as the songs created by Ole and Ingrid Hass, owners of Beech Tree Puppets. After the 35-minute performance, Ole and Ingrid will be happy to take questions from the audience. Please join us for this free and fun program! Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Kids’ Author/Illustrator Bob Shea
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
Kids author/artist Bob Shea will show how learning to read can be fun on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. when he spotlights "Dance! Dance! Underpants!," the second volume in his comical "Ballet Cat" series. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Shea's books, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.
or call 301 891 7259.
Winter is here and so it's time for our third annual WinterQuest reading program! WinterQuest is a streamlined version of our popular SummerQuest program. Unlike SummerQuest, we don't track your reading via a character up on a mural. Instead, you keep track of your own reading by meeting each of the 10 reading challenges in the WinterQuest story. It's easy to play: just come into the library, register at the main desk, and you'll be given a gameboard and story. Then it's time to start reading! WinterQuest will continue until the end of February. We'll end with a party on Monday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. for all who participated!
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Kids’ Non-Fiction Author Winifred Conkling
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, Mar. 7, 7:30 p.m.
We're kicking off our celebration of Women's History Month on Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., when kids author Winifred Conkling presents her new book, "Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lisa Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World." In her book, Conkling examines the overlooked achievements of Curie, daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie and a 1935 Nobel Prize winner, and Meitner in the field of nuclear science. In a starred review of "Radioactive!," Booklist  called the book, aimed at kids in middle school and high school, "a thorough and engaging study of two female scientists worth their weight in radium." Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Conkling's book, but the program is free is no purchase is required to attend.
MOOC: England in the
MOOC: England in the Time of King Richard III
Computer Room B
Sundays, March 13 through April 24 (no meeting 3/27)
or call 301 891 7259.
The discovery of the skeleton of Richard III in a Leicester car park -- and the recent revelations of an infidelity within his family’s bloodline -- have made headline news around the world.  In this free online course, a team of scholars from the University of Leicester address a broad set of themes about the England Richard would have inhabited in the 15th century and look back at his rediscovery and reinterment. 

Follow the online course at and join us on Sundays at 12:30 in computer room B to discuss each week's material.


Friends Fortnightly Book Group
Takoma Park Maryland Library
Wednesday, Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Please join us Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m., for a discussion of "The Hiawatha" by Native American writer David Treuer. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
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