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

January 26, 2014

Crafts today at 2:00

Sorry for the last minute post, but we are having our monthly Fashion Crafts program today from 2-3:30. We will be making Rainbow Loom bracelets (bring your own loom if you want. We have forks.) and pinwheels for Chinese New Year.

And if you can't come today or just want to get your craft fix in a major way, in two weeks we will doing some Valentine's Day Crafts at 2:00 on February 9. No registration necessary.

Posted by kathryn at 01:41 PM

January 22, 2014

Baby Time Canceled

Due to the weather, our Baby Time program is canceled for today.

Posted by karen at 07:54 AM

January 10, 2014

WinterQuest Finale

We're wrapping up our first-ever WinterQuest reading program on Monday January 13 at 7 p.m. At our program, we'll talk about some of the books we read over the holidays, discuss possible themes for next year's WinterQuest, and enjoy cupcakes and lemonade. All are welcome, no matter how far along you got with your WinterQuest!

Posted by karen at 06:25 PM

January 08, 2014

It's Mr. Wuffles!

It's official! Our library's Caldecott Club has voted for its -- very unofficial -- choice for the 2014 Caldecott Medal, and our winner is "Mr. Wuffles," written and illustrated by David Wiesner. The actual winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal will be announced on Monday January 27 at the American Library Association's conference in Philadelphia. If the official Caldecott Medal committee agrees with us that "Mr. Wuffles" is the best-illustrated picture book of 2013, then Wiesner will make history as the first person to win four Caldecott Medals. Currently, he is one of only two people (Marcia Brown is the other one) who have won three Caldecott Medals.

How did we choose "Mr. Wuffles" as our unofficial 2014 Caldecott Medal winner? Our Caldecott Club met once a month from October through January and read four picture books each time. At the end of each meeting, we voted for our favorite of those four books. Then, at our January meeting, we took those previous winners, including the January one, and created our finalist list. Then we voted on our top winner. "Mr. Wuffles" got the most votes, so it's our winner. The other three finalists are our unofficial 2014 Caldecott Honor books. They are: "The Day the Crayons Quit," "Little Santa," and "Big Snow."

Our reading list was drawn largely from the Calling Caldecott blog. The children's book experts who run the blog came up with their own list of what they consider to be possible 2014 Caldecott contenders: On your mark, get set, read! - The Horn Book Of course, the actual winner may be a real surprise -- even to experts! Look for the news about the winner on January 27, and then plan to come on Monday February 10 at 7 p.m. to our final Caldecott Club of the season, when we'll read the actual 2014 Caldecott Medal winner and any Caldecott Honor books.

Posted by karen at 03:43 PM

January 06, 2014

Caldecott Club Tonight!

Come out of the chill and enjoy a cozy hour tonight at 7 p.m. with our Caldecott Club -- our family book club! We'll be voting for our choice to win the 2014 Caldecott Medal, given to the best illustrated children's book of the previous year. The actual winner will be announced on January 27 at the American Library Association's conference in Philadelphia.
All are welcome to come and enjoy our fun family program featuring some of the best picture books of the year -- lemonade and cookies also will be served!

Posted by karen at 04:55 PM

Bedtime Stories TOMORROW, Jan. 7 @ 7

Bedtime Stories is tomorrow night at 7. Please call us at 301-891-7259 in the event of a weather-related cancellation.

Bring your favorite stuffed animals and wear PJs if you like! We will read stories and sing songs.

Posted by kathryn at 02:54 PM

January 03, 2014

Kate DiCamillo's New Job

Just after being named the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Kate DiCamillo said in an interview with me that she believes she was one lucky kid because the people in her life spent time reading to her. Now Kate wants to use her new ambassador's job to bring national attention to the importance of reading together through her "Stories Connect Us" theme. You can meet Kate and former ambassadors Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson next week when they gather at Politics & Prose on Thursday January 9 at 4 p.m.

Posted by karen at 12:42 PM