Both Circle Times are canceled for Tuesday, Dec. 30. Circle Time will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with Mr. Gabe leading both the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. programs. Mark your calendars!
Bad Kitty, beautiful and strange robotic birds, a twisty mystery, and the mighty Ares.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m..
Nick Bruel, author/artist of the best-selling Bad Kitty books for kids, will present the newest book in the series, Puppy's Big Day. Bruel also will unveil his new picture book, A Wonderful Year, and demonstrate his drawing techniques.
Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m..
Kate Samworth, author/artist of Aviary Wonders, Inc., an award-winning picture book, will talk about her work. Samworth's book is both singular and beautifully-illustrated as it presents a possible future where many bird species have become extinct. The book, geared towards older kids, teens and adults, has been praised by critics, and won the first-ever Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. | Washington Post review | Book Trailer | Publisher's Weekly interview.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m..
Best-selling kids' author Gordon Korman will present his newest book, Masterminds. The book already has gotten critical praise, with Booklist noting: 'The compelling, twisty mystery has a truly gratifying payoff, and the emotional depth of the characters, not to mention the steadily building pace, will keep readers engaged to the final page, which happily lays the groundwork for a sequel.'
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Graphic novelist George O'Connor returns to Takoma Park to unveil Ares, the latest (#7) in his popular Olympians series. O'Connor also will do a drawing demonstration.
For all these events Politics & Prose Bookstore will be selling the authors' books, but no purchases are required to attend these free programs.
See a few clips from our great 5 (turned out to be 6) author night.
Keep your kids reading over the holidays with our WinterQuest reading game! Come in to register, pick up a character, gameboard and story, and then start reading. It's as simple at that! Any and all books count: books checked out from our library, books you own, audiobooks, books you read to your kids, and e-books, including those from Starwalk Kids Media and Tumblebooks that can be found on the library's website. There's just one goal here -- to have fun reading over the holidays! We'll conclude WinterQuest on Thursday Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. with a party featuring lemonade, cookies and free books. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for funding our second annual WinterQuest program, and thanks to library assistant Dave Burbank for creating the art and story for WinterQuest.
Join us at 3 p.m. today, Saturday Dec. 20, for our fifth annual Holiday Sing-a-Long. Local musician Wendy Lanxner and her young guitar students will lead us in songs of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. All ages welcome at this fun event!
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.
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
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)
Dory Fantasmagory, written by Abby Hanlon
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.
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
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!