Takoma Park Maryland Library

Takoma Park Maryland Library Programs

Join us for upcoming programs at the library or online
Library events are free and open-to-all. Registration provides the Library and its partners with a headcount so we can prepare accordingly. Registration, however, does not guarantee a seat, and participants are encouraged to arrive early.

Interested in a children's program? Register each child individually, under the child's name, and please indicate age.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Yard Dramas Returns
Crossroads Farmers Market
Wednesday, Jun. 5, 10:30 AM

Yard Dramas, our popular outdoor storytelling program, returns to the Crossroads Farmers Market this summer!

Please register to receive updates. 

Wednesdays | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • June 5, 26
  • July 3, 10, 24, 31
  • August 7, 14, 21
This program occurs at the Crossroads Farmers Market located on Anne St. @, University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD 20912, next to Mega Mart. The market meets weekly on Wednesdays from 10:30 AM -2:30 PM, starting on April 24. Yard Dramas will meet on select days and times as listed above. Sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Library @ Crossroads
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Join us for the second annual book giveaway at the Crossroads Farmers Market on July 24!

Due to inclement weather, we have rescheduled this event to July 24. See you then!

We'll give away over 250 books in English, Spanish, and bilingual for children and young adults. Stop by and grab a book to take home!  

This program occurs at the Crossroads Farmers Market located on Anne St. @, University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD 20912, next to Mega Mart.  


Data shows that young people are motivated to be active and engaged readers when they receive books as gifts, “suggesting that [community organizations] should explore avenues for promoting book ownership.”  

Source: Scholastic Research & Validation. (2023). Scholastic Home Libraries Topic Paper. New York: Scholastic.

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LEGO Giveaway at Nat
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Takoma Park Maryland Library will distribute free LEGOs pieces and books during National Night Out 2024. We need your help to make it happen!

There are two ways you can help:
1. Donate new or gently used LEGOs pieces, sets, or books (about LEGOs). Drop them off at the Library anytime we're open!
2. Support the giveaway during the dates listed below.

To sign up, please e-mail Verónica at VeronicaN@TakomaParkMD.gov with the date when you can help. This opportunity is eligible for SSL hours.

  • Monday, August 5 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM
    • Help is needed to sort & pack LEGOs and books + prepare informational packets.
  • Tuesday, August 6 | Time TBD but definitely after 5:00 PM
    • Help is needed to set up and break down the library tent + distribute the free LEGOs and books!
Canta Juego: Spanish
Weekly: Thursdays, 10:30 am

NO Canta Juego on July 4.
Canta Juego is on hiatus July 25 and August 1.

¡Canciones y juegos en español!

Join Señora Geiza every Thursday morning at 10:30 am for fun songs, movement exercises, and games in Spanish.


Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.
Neighborhood Circle
Tuesdays, 10:30

Circle Time will be on hiatus on July 23 and July 30.

Carpe Diem Arts and Takoma Park Maryland Library continues

Jump Start with the Arts' World Around Music! for Preschoolers and their Caregivers 

Next performance: August 6 with storyteller Noa Baum!

Presented through a partnership of Carpe Diem Arts and Takoma Park Maryland Library.  Made possible by the City of Takoma Park, Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, National Endowment for the Arts, and generous donors of Carpe Diem Arts.

When we are not presenting a Jump Start With the Arts performance, join us for our regular Neighborhood Circle Time every Tuesday at 10:30 am for songs, rhymes, a story, and bubbles!

For kids 0-5 and their grownups.

Kids Art
August 18, September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8, 2:00 pm
Our long time Kids Art Sunday program will now be completely self-initiated and self-facilitated, except for the occasional special event.

Library staff will provide materials and participants will bring their own creativity and ideas!

August 18
Family Chess
Sundays, 12:00 pm
Please join us every Sunday at 12:00 p.m. for some casual chess playing.

At this time, there is NO monthly chess instruction.

Any and all interested kids and their caregivers of any level are welcome to join us. 
Bring your own chess set or use one of ours.

Mondays 10:30 am
Come join us at 10:30 Monday mornings for crochet and tea.
Bring your hooks and yarn.  Don't have any? We'll find some for you.  A beginner? You'll find help.

Knitters and loom knitters - please join us.

We are assisted by a professional fiber artist and teacher.

January 8, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 8, 13, 20
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Registration is optional.  (It's just a way for us to get an email address in case we need to contact you.)

Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm
HolaLanguage Exchange (Intercambio)
Spanish and English
Next sessions:  March 7 and March 21


We hope native English speakers will help people learning English and, in exchange, native speakers of Spanish will help people learn their language -  in a small, friendly, accepting group.  For our March sessions we will be joined by a professional Spanish instructor.

What? no formal classes, just casual conversation. Lots of mistakes expected and encouraged.

Where? at the library: 7505 New Hampshire Avenue, above the Caribbean Market.

Who? all levels, language beginners are welcome

When? Occasional Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30.
If you register, you will recieve email notifications of upcoming sessions.


Intercambio de Idiomas
español e inglés

Esperamos que hablantes nativos de inglés ayuden a otros a aprender inglés y, a cambio, hablantes nativos de español ayuden a otros a aprender su idioma, en un grupo pequeño, amigable y receptivo.

¿Qué es? No son clases formales, solo conversaciones informales. Se espera y se alienta el cometer errores.

¿Dónde? En la biblioteca: 7505 New Hampshire Avenue, encima del Caribbean Market.

¿Quién? Todos los niveles, los principiantes del idioma son bienvenidos.

¿Cuándo?  ocasionalmente  los jueves por la noche de 6:30 a 7:30.

Lego Free Play
Sundays, August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1, 2:00 pm
Play with the library's Lego, Duplo, and marble run collections.
We have Lego books and Lego Club Magazine to check out or peruse for inspiration.
ON HIATUS: Storytime
June 9, 10:30 am
Join Children's Yoga Instructor, Mariela Gómez, and enjoy meditation, 
movement, and songs in active, family-friendly yoga for 
children under 5 with their grown-up. 

This program uses music, yoga play, props and stories to help children 
establish a connection with their caregivers while benefiting from 
active movement and mindfulness. 
Monday, Jun. 10

Starting June 10, you may pick up a board and start playing SummerQuest 2024!

Register to receive updates, prizes, and other rewards!

El Cuento 2024: Stor
Saturday, Sep. 14, 10:00 - 11:30 AM & 1:00 - 2:30 PM
[Español abajo]

El Cuento 2024: Storytelling Workshops for Adults
  • Learn how to make reading more engaging for children.
  • Discover great books in Spanish and English available at the Library.
  • Connect with people who want to promote reading in our community.
Workshops are free and will be relevant to adults with youth in their lives: parents, caregivers, educators, or youth professionals.

Join one or both workshops!

Musicalización de un cuento (Adding Music to a Story)
  • Facilitated in Spanish by Melissa Strova-Valencia / TELAS Colectivo Teatral
  • Saturday, September 14, at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
  • Interim Library at 7505 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205
Outdoor Storytelling Using Props
  • Facilitated in English by Jennifer Ridgway / Yard Dramas
  • Saturday, September 14, at 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Outside the Takoma Park Recreation Center at 7315 New Hampshire Avenue (5-minute walk from the Library)
  • In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be at the Library.
Space is limited. You must register in person or via phone call to participate. 

A light to-go lunch will be served between workshops.

Option to get simultaneous interpretation to Spanish, English, or American Sign Language.

Do You Have Kids?
These workshops are geared towards adults. However, if you're a parent or caregiver, we understand you might need to bring your kids with you. 

To bring your kids, you must agree to the following:
  • You must let us know at the time of registration the kids names, ages, and any dietary restrictions (we will serve a light to-go lunch).
  • Kids can stay with you at all times or, if they are 4 and up, they can join the Kids Zone. 
    • The Kids Zone will be within sight. 
    • Simple activities will be facilitated by a librarian and teen volunteers. 
    • Specialized childcare should not be expected at the Kids Zone.
Ready to Register?
Please submit this online registration form: https://forms.gle/G66T1XR75dpUVNfE8

Or register via phone call. Contact Verónica to coordinate a time to do an “interview.” You will be asked the same questions as in the online registration. 

Contact Verónica Rivera-Negrón, Manager of Children and Young Adult Services, at VeronicaN@TakomaParkMD.gov or 240-997-8453.

Thank You, Sponsors!
Thanks to the Friends of Takoma Park Maryland Library and Takoma Foundation for sponsoring El Cuento 2024: Storytelling Workshops for Adults!



El Cuento 2024: Talleres de narración de cuentos para adultos
  • Aprende cómo hacer que la lectura sea más atractiva para los niños.
  • Descubre libros fabulosos en español e inglés disponibles en la biblioteca.
  • Conéctate con personas que quieren promover la lectura en nuestra comunidad.
Los talleres son gratuitos y serán relevantes para adultos con niños en sus vidas: padres/madres, cuidadores, educadores o profesionales juveniles.

¡Participa en uno o ambos talleres!

Musicalización de un cuento 
  • Facilitado en español por Melissa Strova-Valencia / TELAS Colectivo Teatral
  • Sábado, 14 de septiembre de 10:00 - 11:30 AM.
  • Biblioteca interina en 7505 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205
Outdoor Storytelling Using Props (Narración de cuentos al aire libre con utilería)
  • Facilitado en inglés por Jennifer Ridgway / Yard Dramas
  • Sábado, 14 de septiembre, de 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Afuera del Takoma Park Recreation Center en 7315 New Hampshire Avenue (a 5 minutos caminando de la biblioteca)
  • En caso de mal tiempo, el taller será en la biblioteca
El espacio es limitado. Debes registrarte en línea o mediante llamada telefónica para participar.

Se servirá un almuerzo ligero para llevar entre talleres.

Opción de obtener interpretación simultánea a español, inglés o lenguaje de señas.

¿Tienes hijos?
Estos talleres están dirigidos a adultos. Sin embargo, si eres padre/madre o cuidador, entendemos que es posible que tengas que traer a tus hijos.

Para traer a tus hijos, debes estar de acuerdo con lo siguiente:
  • Debes informarnos al momento de la inscripción los nombres, las edades y cualquier restricción alimenticia de los niños (serviremos un almuerzo ligero para llevar).
  • Los niños pueden quedarse contigo en todo momento o, si tienen 4 años o más, pueden unirse al Kids Zone.
    • El Kids Zone estará a la vista.
    • Un bibliotecario y adolescentes voluntarios facilitarán actividades sencillas.
    • No se debe esperar cuidado de niños especializado en el Kids Zone.

¿Listo para registrarte?
Por favor, llena este formulario de registro en línea: https://forms.gle/G66T1XR75dpUVNfE8

O regístrate mediante llamada telefónica. Contacta a Verónica para coordinar un horario para hacer una “entrevista”. Se te harán las mismas preguntas que en el formulario en línea.

Comunícate con Verónica Rivera-Negrón, Gerente de Servicios para Niños y Jóvenes, a VeronicaN@TakomaParkMD.gov o al 240-997-8453.

¡Gracias, auspiciadores!
¡Gracias a Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library y a Takoma Foundation por patrocinar El Cuento 2024: Talleres de narración de cuentos para adultos!
  Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library & Takoma Foundation.
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