March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday. It's also the 12th anniversary of Read Across America. We're going to mark both events with a special day-long celebration. We'll have Dr. Seuss-themed bookmarks and stickers as well as coloring pages, crossword puzzles and word searches based on Dr. Seuss' books. We'll even have special "Cat in the Hat" hats to give out in the afternoon. So come on by and celebrate the great Dr. Seuss!
For more information about Dr. Seuss, plus online games to play based on his books, go to: http://www.seussville.com/.
For more information about the Read Across American program, go to: NEA - Read Across America.
On Monday, March 15, award-winning storyteller Arianna Ross will offer the first of two Silly Letters storytelling programs. The second program will take place on Friday, April 30. Both programs will take place at 10 a.m. and will include both a storytelling portion and a workshop where adults will learn ways to use storytelling to enrich their children’s vocabulary. The programs are funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery Council, with additional funding by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Registration is required; to register, go to:
Event registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library or call us at 301-891-7259.
Come in pjs, bring your favorite blankets or stuffed animals -- it's time for Bedtime Stories! Our monthly Bedtime Stories will take place on Monday, March 1, from 7-7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary for this program, which is perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups.
Bienvenue! Welcome! Our French Circle Time (a.k.a. Petites Chansons) will take place this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10:30 -- 11 a.m. Led by Madame Marie Mackler, this program is perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. You don't have to know any French to have fun at this program, which now is being offered on the second and fourth Saturdays at each month, thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. We may be the only library in the area offering a regular children's program in French, and it's a great way for kids and adults to learn some French or brush up on the basics. No registration necessary -- just come!
Parents, are you looking to get out of the house tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 13, with your little ones? Then come to our Saturday Circle Time, which will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. We'll sing songs and rhymes, do lots of movement exercises (Hokey Pokey, anyone?) and read a Valentine-themed book. No registration required for this program, which is perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Our Stories in Action program, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m., has been postponed until April 17th. Hopefully we won't have to worry about snow at that point! If you have any questions about this program, give us a call at 301-891-7259.
Our Make Your Own Valentines program is still on for Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2-4 p.m. Come with your child and make valentines for friends and family. All materials provided, thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Registration is required. To register, go to Event registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library or call us at 301-891-7259.
There will be no Circle Time on Tuesday, Feb. 9 because the city of Takoma Park -- including the Library -- will be closed due to snow conditions. We will hope to gather for Circle Time next Tuesday (Feb. 16) at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Because the Library is closed on Monday, Feb. 8 due to the snowstorm, our Make Your Own Valentines program is postponed until Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2-4 p.m. If you already registered for our program, you do not need to re-register (although we would appreciate hearing from you if you cannot make the Saturday program). Registration is required for our Make Your Own Valentines program, so if you haven't yet registered, please go to events registration or call us at 301-891-7259 on Tuesday, Feb. 9, when we expect to re-open. All materials will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library -- kids just need to bring their creativity!
The program for two-year-olds will go on as scheduled but remember - it's limited to those who preregistered.
Wear your mittens.
We celebrated Groundhog Day at Circle Time today by learning a new rhyme about Mr. Groundhog.
To do the rhyme, ball your hand up into a fist -- this is Mr. Groundhog's house. Your thumb is Mr. Groundhog, and he should be tucked inside his house as the rhyme begins. Here's the rhyme:
Mr. Groundhog in the ground
Pop (pop up your thumb) your head up, look around.
Look up high (put your thumb up high)
Look down low (put your thumb lower)
Will you see your little shadow?