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.

FRIENDS BOOK CLUB: “When the Emperor was Divine,” by Julie Otsuka, will be discussed by the Friends Book Club on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Azalea Room of the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The story is of a Japanese American family declared “enemy aliens” after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The mother, daughter, and son are sent to an internment camp in Utah, while the father, declared “dangerous,” was sent to a separate camp. All are welcome.

FRIENDS OF THE TAKOMA PARK MARYLAND LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING: Bob Mondello, NPR senior arts critic, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Takoma Park Maryland Library annual meeting on Monday evening, Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the library. All are welcome to come hear him. There also will be a brief FTPML membership meeting to elect the new board of directors. If you’re an FTPML member, please consider running. To get on the ballot, send an email with a brief bio to FTPMLnominatingcommittee@gmail.com. Nominations also will be taken from the floor. Seven seats on the Friends’ board of directors are up for election. Five are for two-year terms and two are for one-year terms. Three incumbents are running for two-year terms.

BIG BOOK CLUB: The book for this spring is “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There will be an opening lecture by Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick, chair of the Georgetown University Spanish and Portuguese Department. That event will be held on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park. Subsequent meetings to discuss this book will be held in the Takoma Park Community Center on April 3, April 17, and May 1, all at 7:30 p.m. (The book is available in the library.) All are welcome.

FAVORITE POEM EVENING: Come to the library and read a poem that has a special meaning for you!  This year’s Favorite Poem Evening is Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the libraryTo be on the program with your poem, write Library Director Ellen Robbins at ellenr@takomaparkmd.gov, or just show up, poem in hand. 

SPRING BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Spring Book Sale will take place on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book sale takes place on the library lawn, 101 Philadelphia Ave. In the event of rain, the sale will take place in the community center, adjacent to the library.

Recurring Events

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/

SPANISH CIRCLE TIME: Thursdays until June 27 – Senora Geiza leads a rousing half-hour program of Spanish songs and rhymes. Great for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. There are two sessions each Thursday morning. The first session begins at 10:15, the second at 11:00. FREE but registration encouraged — and please choose just one of the two sessions to ensure there’s room for more. Sponsored by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland 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.