December 17, 2014
Winter Crafts & Cards
Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 21 for winter crafts, including card-making, winter-themed scratch art, winter-themed necklaces, and more!
This program is for children of all ages and will run from 2:00-4:00.
Please join us on Thursday December 18 at 6:30 p.m. for our annual Winter Solstice celebration. Musician Bill Jenkins will get things started with a drumming circle; he'll have plenty of percussion instruments for all participants. Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Foggy Bottom Morris Men will swoop in with their songs, stories, and good cheer. Come for some or all of this celebration, which has taken place each year for more than two decades. No registration necessary, and all ages are welcome. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Library for sponsoring this program.
December 07, 2014
Each December, Iím asked by kids and parents for a list of my favorite books published in that year. Putting together such a list is both fun and challenging. I read so many good books for kids and teens that it can be hard to keep the list a manageable size!
So hereís this yearís list. Please keep in mind that Iím not saying these books were the best of the year, just that they were some of my favorites. And donít forget that Iím always happy to try to match a book with a reader Ė itís definitely one of the best parts of my job. — KAM
Leslie Patricelli is the go-to author/illustrator these days when it comes to the youngest readers. This year, she published two more gems: Tickle and Toot.
The Baby Tree, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, noted for her work with the Measles-Rubella Initiative (ages 3-6)
The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee (ages 4-7)
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS:
Dory Fantasmagory, written by Abby Hanlon
MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION (ages 8-12)
The Madman of Piney Woods, written by Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Rain Reign by Ann Martin
Nuts To You, written and illustrated by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins
Revolution, written by Deborah Wiles
Wiles reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION (ages 12 up)
We Were Liars, written by E. Lockhart
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Noggin, written by Printz Award winner John Cory Whaley
Whaley reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
Port Chicago 50, written by Steve Sheinkin (ages 10 up)
Sheinkin reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson (this book won the 2014 National Book Award for Young Peopleís Literature)
Woodson reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons, written and illustrated by Jon Muth
December 03, 2014
LEGO Club is Sunday, December 7 from 1:30-3:00.
You may register online to receive updated information on this and further sessions. You may also drop in and play.
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 5-12
Please don't bring your own LEGO! We have plenty of LEGO for everyone to use.
We are always looking for students to help out with the LEGO program for SSL hours
Thank you to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for generously supplying us with the materials for this event!
November 24, 2014
Tumblebooks - streaming picture books for young children. Narrated with occasional bits of animation. And not just in English - Spanish and French books are available as well. Look in the upper right corner for the drop-down language box.
StarWalk books for elementary school students (a few will appeal to younger children). This collection is particularly strong on science as it was founded by Seymour Simon, and has been supported by many major children's book authors.
National Geographic books and magazines for children.
TumbleBookCloud - streaming books for late elementary and middle school readers as well as for adults who read English as a second language or lovers of classics. Some books are audio, some text, and some both together. Look for graphic novels by Takoma Park author Gareth Hinds.
November 22, 2014
Caldecott Medalist Klassen
Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen will present his newest book Sunday November 23 at 1 p.m. in the library's Children's Room. No registration required for this program, at which Klassen will talk about his illustrations for Sam & Dave Dig a Hole , written by Mac Barnett. Politics & Prose bookstore will be selling Klassen's books, but no purchase -- and no registration -- is required to attend this free and fun event. Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet one of the best picture book creators in the world!