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.

SCARY STORIES: “Scary Stories” is our pre-Halloween event featuring noted storyteller Candace Wolf. This year’s program will take place on Monday evening, October 29. There will be two separate program times geared to different ages:  7-7:45 p.m. for ages 5-7 and 7:50-8:50 p.m. for ages 8-13 (or older!). Candace always tells some wonderfully spine-tingling tales and her program has become an annual event for many families.

EAGLEBEAR: Eaglebear’s yearly visit to the Library will take place on Monday November 5 at 7:00 p.m. In his popular program, Eaglebear – joined by family and friends – shares some of the traditions, dances, songs and stories of his Apache & Xicano heritage.

FRIENDS BOOK GROUP: The Friends Book Group meets to discuss The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard’s award-winning novel about an unusual love story in post WW II Japan on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 in the Hydrangea Room of the Community Center.

BIG BOOK CLUB: The Biblical Book of Genesis is the Fall 2018 focus of the Takoma Park Big Book Club. Genesis is not long in terms of pages, but huge in terms of impact on culture in the West and East. This exploration began October 17 with a lecture by Rabbi Greg Harris and will pick up on on Wednesday evening, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center. More discussion will be held on the Wednesday evenings of November 28, and December 5, also at the Community Center. All are welcome to attend the Friends Reading Group discussions. For additional information contact Ellen Robbins at the Library.

SPECIAL EVENT — SPORTS, LAW AND RACE: FTPML will host a wide-ranging, provocative conversation on sports by a panel of leading literary and legal voices on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the community center.

N. Jeremi Duru and E. Ethelbert Miller will discuss political activism, historically and today; the NCAA and exploitation of collegiate sports; head trauma in football and soccer and its implications in relation to race. The discussion will be moderated by Ralph Steinhardt, will moderate. He is a human rights and international law expert based at George Washington University. The event is part of the “We Are Takoma” series.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Sponsored by the Friends, the Library’s Winter Solstice celebration will take place on Thursday evening, Dec. 20. This is always a magical evening, perfect for all ages! We’ll begin at 6:30 with the lights turned low in the Children’s Room and a drumming circle led by noted local musician Bill Jenkins. Then, at 7:30, we’ll turn up the lights as the ebullient members of the Foggy Bottom Morris Men swoop in with their songs, dances, stories and stick-play.

FRIENDS RADIO: Tune in for Friends’ monthly literary discussions on Talk of Takoma, with special guests hosted by Eric Bond. They are at 1:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of every month on WOWD. Past shows included our local police on their favorite library books, a mother-daughter book club and advice on helping children choose library books. You can dial in at 94.3 FM or stream at https://takomaradio.org/on-the-radio/