Listed below are upcoming events sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. For a complete list of library events and activities, click here. In-person events are cancelled or postponed during the pandemic.

The Takoma Park Big Book Club on Zoom: The Takoma Park Big Book Club will begin its fall series of meetings with a lecture on Zoom on October 7 at 7:30 p.m., by I. Augustus Durham, Assistant Professor of English at Lehman College. The book being discussed this fall is Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” first published in 1987. Prof. Durham is a specialist in African-American literature. The series will continue with discussions on Zoom on 2 or 3 Wednesday nights — October 14, 21, and 28. To receive information to participate via Zoom, please register using this link: https://tinyurl.com/y2ftkaaq. All registered participants will be sent the Zoom link a day or two before the October 7 meeting. Copies of “Beloved” are available at the library, and may be checked out through the Books-to-go program. Just email your request to librarytakomapark@gmail.com   Check the library’s catalog first to be sure a copy of the book is available.

Recurring Events sponsored or organized by FTPML

The following regularly- or semi-regularly-occurring events are sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. All take place at the library. [All of these events are suspended until further notice. The library is closed due to the pandemic, until further notice.]

SPANISH CIRCLE TIME: Thursdays at 10:30 – Senora Geiza leads a rousing half-hour program of Spanish songs and rhymes. Great for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:00. FREE but registration encouraged. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

PETIT CHANSON/FRENCH CIRCLE TIME: Once a month on a Saturday at 10:30, September-June. Join Madame Marie at the Takoma Park Library as she leads us in French songs and rhymes. You don’t need to know French to enjoy this program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. If you register, the library can send you notices about the date for the next program, and get in touch with you in case of cancellation. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Library.

LEGO CLUB: First Sunday of the month, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., through June – For kids ages 3-10. Building and free play with LEGO. There will be plenty of LEGO (and Duplo) for everyone to use, thanks to Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. So please DON’T bring your own. The library also has many LEGO books, the LEGO Club Magazine and a digital toolkit for inspiration. FREE but limited enrollment and registration encouraged. Check the library events page for registration information.

SCRIBBLER’S CABAL: Occasional Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. In this program, all are welcome to draw with the library’s Dave Burbank. Registration is recommended, since the program is not conducted every Friday. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Check the library events page for registration information.

CALDECOTT CLUB: One Monday a month. Each month, participants read four new picture books that cold be Caldecott Medal contenders. There is a discussion of each book, then everyone votes on their favorite. Snacks and refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.