May 18, 2016

Rain Is Inevitable

.. apparently. So we are moving the book sale indoors. Saturday May 21 inside the community center. 10-3. Thanks for all the wonderful donations. Now it's time to come buy. (Think of this as neighborly recycling.)

We still need volunteers - the shifts are:
8-10 -- setting up
10-12 -- refreshing tables
12-2 -- refreshing tables
2-4 -- last sales and packing
- but this is flexible.

Service learning hours are available for high-school students who wish to help at the sale.

Please e-mail if you can volunteer.

a tower of used books

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May 17, 2016

Comics! Science! Giant Clams!

Friday May 20 7:30 – Maris Wicks will introduce us to her new book, Science Comics: Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean

The library usually closes at 6 on Fridays but we will be reopening at 7 for this extra special program.

Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean 9781626721456

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May 14, 2016

Over the Water and Over the Wind

The Witches of Benevento  9780451471819
Thursday May 19 7:30 – 2016 Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall and author John Bemelmans Marciano launch their new chapter book series, The Witches of Benevento.

Unguento, unguento
portami al noce di Benevento
sopra l'acqua e sopra il vento
e sopra ogni altro maltempo

The very ancient Benevento/Beneventum/Maleventum/Maloeis became a medieval witch central. Then vicious persecution began in the late 15th century. Benevento is now famous for the liqueur Strega. Cin Cin.

Supplementary reading:
for kids: Strega Nona
for grown-ups: there are many accounts in music, ballet, and literature.
bad Italian tele: Le Streghe Di Benevento

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May 09, 2016

Bike Crafts, 5/15

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"Push, pull, pedal, tow. Wheels help to make us go!"

May is Bike Month, so we're making some bike crafts! Decorate your bike with streamers and a name plate and enjoy other crafts. On Sunday, May 15 from 2-3. Kids of all ages are welcome.

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May 02, 2016

Bedtime Stories on Wed., May 4

Shhhhh! Yawn! Put on your PJs and grab your favorite lovey and join us for our monthly Bedtime Stories program.

Bedtime Stories will now be on Wednesdays at 7. The next event is May 4.

Enjoy stories, songs, bubbles, and a simple craft.

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April 30, 2016

3 Fabulous Authors This Week

Rules of the House 9781423185161Monday May 2 Tuesday May 3, 7 pm – Picture book star Mac Barnett presents his newest book, Rules of the House.

The Worst Night Ever 9781484708507Friday May 6, 7:30 pm – Author & humorist Dave Barry talks about his new kids’ novel, The Worst Night Ever, a sequel to his best-selling book "The Worst Class Trip Ever." (Note: This event is in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave.)

Flora and the Peacocks 9781452138169Saturday May 7, 3 pm – Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Idle presents the latest in her Flora picture book series, Flora and the Peacocks.

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April 29, 2016

LEGO Club on Sunday, May 1

LEGO Bricks

Calling all builders! Stack up your LEGO, brick by brick. LEGO Club will be this Sunday, May 1 from 1:30-3.
Join us for free play. Target age is 3-10.

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April 27, 2016

Tour de DCPL VII 2016

Tour de DCPL VIIJoin the annual bike tour of local libraries May 14. This year we are included! DC&MD library staff, advocates and community members are all welcome to participate.

More information and registration.

The tour starts at the DC Takoma branch at 9 am, goes to Shepherd Park, over to us, then Silver Spring, Chevy Chase and Tenley-Friendship.

Snacks and water are provided. You must wear a helmet.

Please note: A Takoma Park Bike Map is available in print in the city building and the library, as well as for download.

We have bike parking at the library, a bike repair stand at the police dept downstairs, and a bikeshare station outside on Philadelphia Avenue, if participants are riding bikeshare bikes during the tour.

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April 26, 2016

Our Annual Poetry Party - Tonight!

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library invite you to read a poem at our Favorite Poem Evening Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 at the the library.

Choose a poem you’ve admired by a published poet (other than yourself) or a poem you’ve recently discovered. Poems written in all languages are welcome but please accompany them with an English translation.

If you have sent the name of the poem and author, it will be included in the printed program -- otherwise, just come with your poem.

Now in its 19th year, the favorite poem evening was originally conceived by then-U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Takoma Park’s gatherings have been warm community events. Last year's reading drew a record number of readers. All ages are welcome. Come! -- and bring your friends and neighbors.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Library of Congress mosaic

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April 19, 2016

Your Favorite Poem?

Please share it with us on April 26th at our 19th annual Favorite Poem Evening.

Choose a published poem you have read and admired. Send the title and author, along with your name and generic occupation, to

Please get the information to us by April 22nd if possible. We want to list the poems in the printed program.

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