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The Children's Room

March 14, 2015

Apps and Kids Postponed

The Apps and Kids program, scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., has been postponed until Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us then for a program in which we will discuss research on the impact of digital media on kids, spotlight review sources for finding the best apps for children, and then preview some of those apps.

March 11, 2015

Author Pam Muņoz Ryan

Award-winning kids' author Pam Muņoz Ryan will present her newest novel, Echo, on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. In Echo, aimed at ages 9-14, Ryan deftly combines history and fantasy as she tells the story of a magical harmonica that connects three children through different time periods. School Library Journal notes that "Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same." Kirkus Reviews gave Echo a coveted star, calling it "a grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance," adding that "it's worth every moment of readers' time."

Ryan is the author of several award-winning books, including Esperanza Rising and The Dreamer, and a biography of singer Marian Anderson, When Marian Sang. At our event, Ryan will read from Echo and detail how she came to write it. After taking questions from the audience, she'll sign books for audience members. Politics & Prose bookstore will be selling copies of Ryan's books at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required. Please join us for this opportunity to meet a top children's author!

March 10, 2015

Sunday Crafts: DIY Journals

DIY Wreck this Journal is on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00. We have blank journals to decorate, poke holes in, and follow your creative muse.
This program is open to all. No registration required.

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Bedtime Stories & a Craft

Bedtime Stories will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00. The theme will be All About Me: Bodies & Feelings. We will be doing a craft at the end. Registration is not required. Just bring yourselves and your favorite lovey and wear pajamas if you like!

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March 09, 2015

Bedtime Stories & a Craft

Bedtime Stories will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00. The theme will be All About Me: Bodies & Feelings. We will be doing a craft at the end. Registration is not required. Just bring yourselves and your favorite lovey and wear pajamas if you like!

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Caldecott Club Tonight

Please join us tonight -- Monday, March 9 -- at 7 p.m. for the Caldecott Club, otherwise known as our family book club. We'll be reading some wonderful picture books that didn't qualify for the 2015 Caldecott Medal because the illustrators live in other countries. (Only American illustrators, or those who live in the United States, qualify under Caldecott criteria). Of course, we'll also be offering our usual refreshments: lemonade and cookies. No registration necessary to come have fun at this program for all ages.

March 05, 2015

Stay Home and Read

LucyMatt de la Peņa's visit, scheduled for this evening, was canceled.
He was planning to introduce us to his new book, Last Stop on Market Street.

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March 02, 2015

Bedtime Stories Postponed

Our monthly Bedtime Stories program, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m., has been postponed until the following Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Please join Ms. Kati next week for some bedtime stories and a craft.

February 26, 2015

Matt de la Peņa

Market StreetAuthor Matt de la Peņa will present his new picture book, Last Stop On Market Street, on Thursday March 5 at 7 p.m. De la Peņa is a rising star in the world of children's and teen literature, and he has won awards for his five previous books -- all young adult novels. Now, de la Peņa turns his talents to the picture book genre, creating a book that already has won critical acclaim from The New York Times and starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Please join us for what promises to be a very fun event that is great for kids, families and grown-ups who love children's literature. Politics & Prose Bookstore will sell copies of de la Peņa's books, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.

Recent NPR interview with the author.

The illustrator is Christian Robinson who also illustrated Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, Gaston, and many other outstanding children's books.

Matt de la Peña's YA novels include The Hunted, The Living, I Will Save You, We Were Here, Mexican White Boy, and Ball Don't Lie. He is also one of the authors of the Infinity Ring series.

February 25, 2015


The next library LEGO event will be APRIL 12. There is NO program in March. Thank you and sorry about the confusion!

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February 22, 2015

Gareth Hinds and Macbeth

Graphic novelist Gareth Hinds will talk about his adaptation of Macbeth on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Hinds, a Takoma Park resident, has won critical acclaim for his adaptation of classic stories, including The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Beowulf. His just-published Macbeth recently won a rave review in the The New York Times. Politics & Prose bookstore will be selling copies of Hinds' books, but no purchase is required to attend this free event, which is best for older kids, teens and adults.

Three of Gareth Hinds graphic novels are available right here online through our TumbleBookCloud subscription. Just search on hinds.

Macbeth in Legos
BBC Macbeth from the full series of Shakespeare plays they did in the late 70s, early 80s.

February 19, 2015

Teddy Bear Picnic

Please bring your teddy bears and picnic blankets and enjoy a picnic Sunday, February 22 at 2:00!
We will enjoy teddy bear stories, songs, crafts and snacks.
Registration is not required.

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February 18, 2015

Graphic Novel Program

Join us tomorrow Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the increasingly popular literary genre of graphic novels. Dave Burbank, our library's graphic novel guru, will present the history of graphic novels, and we'll also discuss how they help kids develop key literacy skills. We'll read -- using our document camera and the big screen -- some excerpts from stellar graphic novels, and all participants will leave with a graphic novel booklist. Our program is recommended for parents and teachers; older kids and teens also welcome.

February 17, 2015

Circle Times Canceled

The Library is closed today due to the snow and so our weekly Circle Times are canceled. All other City of Takoma Park offices also are closed today. Enjoy the snow, and hope you can curl up with a good book!