Takoma Park Maryland Library · 101 Philadelphia Avenue · Takoma Park Maryland 20912 USA · 301.891.7259

September 29, 2007

Touch A Truck

Today, Saturday, 10:30 - 12:30 at the Public Works garage area on Oswego Avenue. Park on Ritchie or at Heffner Park.

For children 1-6: Bobcats, street sweeper, dump truck, trash truck.

After touching, climbing and watching them move, stop at the library to pick up a truck book. We have loads. Just go to 629.224 (which means trucks in Dewey language).

Posted by library at 06:49 AM

September 27, 2007

Scary Stories

Popular storyteller Candace Wolf returns on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. with another round of spooky stories for Halloween. Each year, Wolf sends shivers down the spines of her listeners with her vividly-told stories of scary people and places. Please call 301-891-7259 to register for the program. Parents/guardians: Please note that this program is best for kids ages 8 and up, as little ones might be frightened.

Posted by The Bee at 11:10 AM

September 25, 2007

Bedtime Stories

Come in your p.j.s and bring your blankies and stuffed animals to our next Bedtime Stories program, Monday, Oct. 22 from 7-7:30 p.m. We'll read stories and sing songs designed to help kids slide along into dreamland. The program is perfect for kids ages 2-6, although younger and older children are welcome. Please register by calling 301-891-7259.

Posted by The Bee at 12:35 PM


Our popular "Twosies" program is back in the month of October. We'll meet from 10-10:30 a.m. each Wednesday in October. We have spaces for just 15 participants, so please sign up soon by calling 301-891-7259. The program is specifically geared for two-year-olds and their parents/caregivers.

During the program, we'll read several short books, sing songs and do lots of fingerplays. We'll finish up with a simple craft just right for two-year-olds to do.

Posted by The Bee at 12:33 PM

T(w)een Book Club

The first meeting of our book club for middle school students takes place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5-6 p.m. in the Community Center's Rose Room. We'll discuss 12 Again by Sue Corbett and make ice cream sundaes. Copies of the book are available for checkout from the library. Please register by calling 301-891-7259.

Our book, 12 Again, is a comical tale about how a boy deals with the fact that his mother has inexplicably reverted to her 12-year-old self. It's a bit like Freaky Friday, but with a boy as the main kid character, so both boys and girls can enjoy this book. To make our discussion even more fun, we'll spend some time making our own ice cream sundaes. Who says you can't have dessert before dinner?! We have spaces for only 10 participants, so register early and get a copy of the book to read.

Posted by The Bee at 12:25 PM

September 20, 2007


September 20th 7-8 PM

Come join us for the nationwide reading of The Story of Ferdinand. Crafts will follow. This is mostly for ages 4 and up.

Programs will be going on all over the country with everyone reading Ferdinand together. Why? To help people become aware of how interconnected we are, how everyone's ability to read forms part of our common good.

Can't come? Read it online today or tonight in English or Spanish
Listen to it read by Bob Edwards or Maya Angelou on XM radio, which is also distributing copies of Ferdinand to DC area preschools.
Help kids get ready to read.

Posted by library at 03:01 PM

September 12, 2007

Party Pictures

making the sounds of the rain forest

Please visit our Summer Quest Party pictures page.
Posted by library at 03:42 PM

September 11, 2007

Canciones en Español

Nuestro popular programa regresa el jueves, día 20 de Septiembre a las 10 de la mañana.
Este programa está preparado y presentado por Lupe Marks, y es un programa de media hora de duración donde se canta, se hacen rimas y se leen cuentos e historias, todo en español.
Este año la señora Lupe llevará a cabo este programa CADA JUEVES de 10 a 10:30 de la mañana.
No se tiene que registrar, solo venga a la biblioteca!

Posted by The Bee at 04:22 PM

September 07, 2007

Quest End

books in the forestComing out of the jungle? Emerging from the rain forest? Our 2007 Summer Quest ends September 10th, with the big evening party. Hundreds and hundreds of books have been read.

Where will your bunnies go next? This year's setting - the rain forest - was suggested by one of last year's participants, Yared. Put in your suggestions now for next years quest location.

We trust you had a good time and, since your quests were determined partly by choice and partly by chance, we hope you may now want to follow some of the other challenges that were off on other trails. Or read more books by any author you liked, or books about a subject you discovered. Just don't stop! Keep reading! Keep questing!

Here is the list of 2007 quests with links to our notes
An adventure book, or two
A scary book, or a mystery book, or a book about something mysterious
Fiction by an author whose last name begins with the same letter as your first name
A book of myths, or about something mythical
A book with dinosaurs in it, or any large reptile (even a dragon if you wish)
A book of cartoons, comic strips, or superheroes
A book of poetry
A science fiction book, or a book about science
A book about an animal
An easy book
A tall book
A book with a red cover
A play (example: a bit of Shakespeare)
A book about Knights or old Europe
A book about cooking
A book about Africa
A funny book
A difficult book
A book about a different culture
An award-winning book
A book written by someone whose last name begins with the same letter as your last name
A folktale or a fairy tale
A book about a faraway place
A book about water or bodies of water
A short book
A long book
A book with a green cover

An exciting book
A book about making something OR instead of reading a book you can use paper wisely: write a poem or story, or fold paper into origami, an airplane, a boat ?
Free choice: as many books as you want
A book about nature: environment, disasters, weather, etc.
Reread an old favorite, or something you liked when you were younger.

Extra bonus prize quests
Monkeys (and more monkeys)

The adventure pack Be Ready for Anything list
150s Feelings
220s Bible stories
292 Greek myth (myth quest)
305 and 306 Different kinds of people and families (cultures quest)
391 Costume
398.2 Folk tales, fairy tales (folktale quest)
398.22 Legendary heroes
400s Language
520s Solar System, stars
568 Dinosaurs (dinosaur quest)
590s Animals (animal quest)
612 Human body
635 Gardening
636 Pets
641.5 Cooking (cooking quest)
741.5 Cartoons/comics (comics quest)
743 Drawing
780s Music
796 Sports
811 Poetry (American) (poetry quest)
910 Adventuring (faraway quest ?)
930s Ancient cultures
940.1 Medieval times
970s Indians, Native American Ways
(We are still making little Dewey notes for these)

Posted by library at 02:18 PM

September 05, 2007

Read for the Record

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7-8 p.m. for a special reading of "The Story of Ferdinand," the classic story of a peaceable cow by Munro Leaf. We'll also do crafts and other activities related to the book during this event, which is most suitable for children ages 5 and up. It's all part of a nationwide event designed to highlight the importance of early literacy skills for ALL children. Please call 301-891-7259 to register so we have enough craft materials.

The national event is sponsored by Jumpstart, a group that helps economically-disadvantaged preschoolers gain the early literacy skills they need by pairing them with caring adult tutors.

Here's how Jumpstart describes its second annual Read for the Record event: "The goal of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign is to raise public awareness about significant disparities in early education. An early learning gap exists as early as age 3, due primarily to economic inequality. And because of these early discrepancies in language acquisition and literacy skills, one third of America’s children arrive at their first day of school unprepared to learn. Awareness about this issue is crucial, as this early learning disparity serves as a critical precursor to our country’s persistent educational achievement gap."

Posted by The Bee at 04:58 PM

Spanish Circle Time Returns!

Our popular Spanish Circle Time returns on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.. Led by Lupe Marks, Spanish Circle Time is a half-hour time of singing, rhyming and reading -- all in Spanish. And this year, Ms. Lupe will be leading Spanish Circle Time EVERY Thursday from 10-10:30. No need to sign up -- just come!

Posted by The Bee at 04:45 PM