Come on Saturday, August 8 at 11 a.m. and hear stories about the magic of the sea! Become a manta ray and a shark as you listen and participate in folk tales and true stories from Indonesia. Acclaimed storyteller Arianna Ross will take us on a creative learning adventure as we explore life above and under sea level through music, story and acrobatics. This program is perfect for all ages. Registration encouraged, but not required. To register, go to www.takomapark.info/library/registration.html or call us at 301-891-7259.
We've decided to start our campfire program at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27 (instead of 7:30 p.m.) to give kids more time to do some crafts. Please register if you're planning to attend, so we can make sure to have enough craft materials, which will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. To register, go to www.takomapark.info/library/registration.html or call us at 301-891-7259. And no, this isn't a really campfire (we don't want to burn our books, after all!). But we will do all the things you do at a real campfire. Participants will even leave with the makings for s'mores! Hope to see you there.
We've had some confusion over the time for Spanish Circle Time. Senora Maria is here every Thursday from 11-11:30 (NOT 10-10:30, as we erroneously advertised). All are welcome -- no registration required. See you at 11 on Thursdays for some fun in Spanish!
Calling all two-year-olds: it's time to sign up for our Twosies program, which will run from 11-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday in August. Join us for a program that includes songs, fingerplays, stories and a simple craft. Note: young participants must be between the ages of 24-36 months. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, go to www.takomapark.info/library/registration.html or call us at 301-891-7259.
Join us for our annual SummerQuest "campfire" on Monday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. We'll do a craft or two, then gather around our "campfire" (real logs and a tissue paper fire) to sing songs and hear a story. Each participant will leave with a goodie bag containing the makings for s'mores. Craft materials and s'mores makings provided by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Registration required; to register, go to www.takomapark.info/library/registration.html or call us at 301-891-7259.
Middle-schoolers: come join our award-winning Banned Books Club on Monday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. Copies of the book are available for check-out, thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, go to www.takomapark.info/library/registration.html or call us at 301-891-7259.
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and your grownups-- join us on Monday, July 6, from 7-7:30 p.m. for our monthly Bedtime Stories program. Come in p.j.s, bring your stuffed favorites and get ready for some fun. We'll sing songs, read a few books, and do some fingerplays, starting out with lots of energy and then winding down as the program goes on. No registration necessary; just come!
Thirteen middle schoolers in the Traveling Players Ensemble will present a rollicking version of The Bourgeois Gentleman,, a comedy by the French playwright Moliere (a.k.a. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) on Thursday, July 16, at 7:30. The play will be performed in the Azalea Room in the Takoma Park Community Center (right next to the Library at 101 Philadelphia Ave.). The Bourgeois Gentleman focuses on a rich man who dreams of improving his social standing and goes to ridiculous lengths to do it. The 45-minute performance is best for ages 6 up. Adults also are most welcome to attend. Registration is NOT required (contrary to information in the July edition of the city newsletter).
The Traveling Players Ensemble, based in Great Falls, Va., presents comedies by Moliere and other classical playwrights to summer camps, libraries and hospitals. The group chooses humorous plays as a way of introducing young audiences to some classical playwrights. As Toby Mulford, the Ensemble’s associate artistic director puts it: "A perfect blend of heightened language and low-brow humor, the plays are short on windy speeches and long on laughs."