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 – Spring 2021

This spring, the Takoma Park Big Book Club will try something different. Normally, book club discussions are dedicated to the “big” books—like War and Peace or Middlemarch. Over eleven years we have looked at a lot of such books. This time we’re going to look at “little” (but still significant) books, namely short stories.  Our selection represents a sampling of many of what are considered to be the best stories by the best authors, covering a variety of styles and perspectives.

Here is the remaining schedule and the list of stories we will discuss this spring via Zoom. The sessions will be all Wednesday at 7:30 pm. And this time, so that we’re all on the same page, as it were, we’ll use a specific text: THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY (2005), edited by Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn. Copies are available from the Takoma Park Maryland library (and from Amazon).

  • APRIL 21: ANTON CHEKHOVMisery; RALPH ELLISON, A Party Down at the Square
  • APRIL 28: HERMAN MELVILLE, Bartleby, the Scrivener; CHINUA ACHEBE, Dead Men’s Path
  • MAY 5: ZORA NEALE HURSTON, Sweat; and ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGERGimpel the Fool.

If you are already a member of the book club, you will receive a Zoom link a few days before the first meeting. If you would like to participate but are not already a member, send a note through our contact page.

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. Most are currently suspended until further notice, but two of them currently are offered via Zoom.

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. To participate, go to https://zoom.us/ Click on “Join a Meeting.” The Meeting ID is 959-5178-5847 and Meeting Password: 793725   Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

SCRIBBLER’S CABAL: Occasional Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. In this program, all are welcome to draw with the library’s Dave Burbank. To participate, go to https://zoom.us/ Click on “Join a Meeting” then put in this Meeting ID: 734-913-6285. (No password required.) Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Registration is encouraged so that participants can be notified of any schedule changes. Check the library events page for registration information.

The following programs also have been sponsored by the Friends but are currently suspended due to the pandemic:

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.

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.