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The Children's Room

October 28, 2014

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!

October 22, 2014

All Ages Halloween Crafts Sunday Oct. 26 from 2-4

Our monthly Crafts program is Sunday, October. 26 from 2-4. Drop by and make some Halloween and fall crafts, including candy corn sand art, scratch art, monster masks, and tons of stickers!

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October 14, 2014

The Doll People

The Doll People Set SailSailing in to Takoma Park (up Sligo Creek?), Wednesday the 15th, the authors of The Doll People series, Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, will meet you here at 7:30 in the children's room.

The plot of Doll People number four? Boxed up for a trip to the attic, the the co-founders of the Society for Exploration and Location of Missing People instead find themselves on a ship bound for England.

Politics and Prose will be selling books but attendance is free.

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October 13, 2014

Shannon Hale Visits

Princess in BlackKids' author Shannon Hale will present her newest book, The Princess in Black, on Tuesday Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The book is the first in a new series for ages 4-8 by Hale, who has won a Newbery Honor for Princess Academy; she's also the author of two popular graphic novels, Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. Politics & Prose Bookstore will be selling Hale's books at our program, but the event is free and no purchase is required to attend.

October 07, 2014

Magic, Fairies and Castles

Join us on Thursday October 9 at 7:30 p.m. to meet a trio of authors who write fantasy novels for kids. The authors include Annie Barrows, best known for her Ivy + Bean series. Barrows will present her latest book, Magic in the Mix, a sequel to The Magic Half. She'll be joined by authors E.D. Baker, who will talk about her new book, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, and Jessica Day George, who will present her latest novel, Thursdays with the Crown. Politics & Prose will be selling the authors' books at the event, but our program is free and no purchase is required. Please join us and meet some wonderful authors who write for kids!

Fairy Tale MatchmakerMagic in the MixThursdays with the Crown


Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories is Tuesday, the 7th at 7:00. It's all about bathtime and bubbles and we'll do crafts at the end: a rubber duckie paper craft and shooting star sand art!

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October 01, 2014

Weekend Kids' Programs!

Come to the library on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1:00 for Bubble Trouble!, a storytime and crafts event featuring bubbles. The program content is intended for children ages 3-7 but younger siblings are welcome. There will be an outdoor portion of the program featuring a bubble machine and possible bubble race!

And Sunday, Oct. 5 is our monthly LEGO Club. The theme is Once Upon a Time...
The Club is drop-in and runs from 1:30-3:00. It is for children ages 5-12.

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September 29, 2014

Dork Diaries Launch!

Dork DiariesJoin us on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium for the launch of Dork Diaries Book No. 8. Author Rachel Renee Russell, joined by her daughters Erin and Niki Russell, will unveil Tales from a Not-So Happily Ever After, the latest book in the best-selling series, and then take questions from the audience. The event will conclude with a book-signing. Note: seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis in the auditorium. Check out the excitement on the author's fun websitethe author