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The Children's Room

November 22, 2014

Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen

Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen will present his newest book Sunday November 23 at 1 p.m. in the library's Children's Room. No registration required for this program, at which Klassen will talk about his illustrations for Sam & Dave Dig a Hole , written by Mac Barnett. Politics & Prose bookstore will be selling Klassen's books, but no purchase -- and no registration -- is required to attend this free and fun event. Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet one of the best picture book creators in the world!

November 15, 2014

Six Superstar Kids' Authors

Next weekend we will have a spectacular author extravaganza. Five on Friday evening, the 21st, and one on Sunday afternoon the 23rd. 6, six, SIX favorite children's authors

Friday at 7:30 in the City's auditorium:

John Scieszka;s books
Jon Scieszka, who created the Guys Read and Guys Listen projects.


Frank Einstein

origami yoda
Tom Angleberger
author of the Origami Yoda books.

el deafo
Cece Bell
author of the beautiful graphic memoir El Deafo
Cece Bell

The Terrible Two
Mac Barnett and Jory John
introduce their new middle-grade series about two pranksters.
Have you read other books by these authors?
Barnett's President Taft is Stuck in the Bath? etc. etc.
John's I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York? etc. etc.

Jon KlassenSunday at 1 in the library children's room:
Jon Klassen, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal and many other honors.

Caldecott Art



Politics and Prose will by selling copies of the authors' books, but the events are free and no purchase in required. You may want to come a bit early, seating may be scarce.

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November 13, 2014

Eaglebear!

Eaglebear, a.k.a. Tomas Shash, will return on Monday Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. with songs, stories and dances from his Apache and Xicano cultures. Join us for this special program, which also will feature Eaglebear's family and friends. The program is great for all ages and no registration is required.

November 10, 2014

No Circle Time

There is no Circle Time on Tuesday Nov 11. The Library is closed because of the Veterans Day holiday. Circle Time will resume next Tuesday Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

November 07, 2014

Caldecott Club

Join us Monday Nov 10 at 7 p.m. for the Caldecott Club, our family book club! We'll read, discuss and vote on some of the best new illustrated books for kids. We'll also have lemonade and cookies! No registration required for this fun family program.

Petites Chansons Rescheduled

Bonjour! Our Petites Chansons program has been rescheduled from Saturday Nov. 8 to Saturday Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Please join us on Nov. 22 for a fun program of French songs and rhymes led by Madame Marie. We also encourage you to register so we can keep you updated on program changes; you can register online Library - Takoma Park or call us at 301-891-7259.

November 05, 2014

Rainbow Fairy Party

Our fall Rainbow Fairy Party is Saturday, November 8 from 2-4. Hear a selection from a Rainbow Fairy story, enjoy some fairy themed crafts, and fairy snacks with your fellow fairy enthusiasts. Costumes are welcome.

Recommended for ages 5-12
Supervised younger siblings are permitted!

If there are any teens who would like to help out with the program for SSL hours, please email kathrynn@takomaparkmd.gov

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November 04, 2014

Bedtime Stories & a Craft

Bedtime Stories & a Craft is Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00. Please come out this Election night for stories, songs, and a teddy bear craft. Wear your PJs and bring a favorite lovey if you choose!

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October 28, 2014

LEGO Club: Surrealism

LEGO Club is Sunday, Nov. 2. from 1:30-3:00.

Inspired by Halloween, November's theme will be Surrealism, an art movement from the 1920s in France that encouraged exploration of dreams, nightmares, and nonsense.

Think about creating something surprising, weird and wonderful, dreamlike, unreal, that couldn't happen in real life. This is a challenge!

My favorite example is a LEGO Panthouse, which is just what it sounds like--a House made out of Pants!

LEGO Club is informal. You may drop in between 1:30 and 3 and try out the theme or do free play or both!

We supply the materials. You don't need to bring your own.

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LEGO Club: Surrealism

LEGO Club is Sunday, Nov. 2. from 1:30-3:00.

Inspired by Halloween, November's theme will be Surrealism, an art movement from the 1920s in France that encouraged exploration of dreams, nightmares, and nonsense.

Think about creating something surprising, weird and wonderful, dreamlike, unreal, that couldn't happen in real life. This is a challenge!

My favorite example is a LEGO Panthouse, which is just what it sounds like--a House made out of Pants!

LEGO Club is informal. You may drop in between 1:30 and 3 and try out the theme or do free play or both!

We supply the materials. You don't need to bring your own.

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Halloween Rhymes

To get ready for Halloween, we've learned some new rhymes at Circle Time about things that are connected to the holiday but aren't too scary, such as black cats and owls. Here are some favorite rhymes we've learned:

Big Black Cat (sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Creeping, creeping
Creeping, creeping
Big black cat!
Big black cat!
Creeeping 'round the corners
Creeping 'round the corners
Pit, pit, pat! Pit, pit pat!

Hoot Owl
Hoot owl, hoot owl,
What do you see?
What do you see in your big old tree?
I see a black creeping by me
That's what I see in my big old tree.

(Continue the verses, but change the things that the owl sees. For example, I see a black spider crawling near me or I see a pumpkin rolling by me)

Knock, Knock, Knock
Knock, knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Must be more
Trick or treaters at my door
I open the door (pretend to open a door)
And what do I see? (make big circles around eyes)
Two funny clowns looking at me!

(You can change what you see for each verse; for example, Two scary witches looking at me! or Two silly scarecrows looking at me!)

October 27, 2014

Rainbow Fairy Party

Our third Rainbow Fairy Party is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2:00-4:00.
Enjoy a fairy story/fairytale, crafts, and fairy snacks with your fellow fairy enthusiasts and wear fairy costumes if you like!
Register on our website so we know how many to expect!

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October 24, 2014

Halloween Fun

We've got two great events to get kids in a Halloween mood! On Sunday October 26, from 2-4 p.m., kids are invited to make some Halloween crafts. All materials are provided -- just bring your creativity! Then on Monday, October 27, Takoma Park storyteller Candace Wolf will tell some scary tales. There will be two sessions: the first one, from 7 p.m.-7:45 p.m., is for ages 5-7 and will feature some funny stories that are a little bit scary. Then, from 7:50-8:50 p.m., Candace will up the scary quotient and tell stories best suited to ages 8-13. Registration is encouraged, by not required. To register please go to: Library - Takoma Park or call us at 301-891-7259. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring both of these programs!