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The Children's Room

September 22, 2014

Kate Complete

Full-length video of Kate DiCamillo's recent Takoma Park question and answer session is now available. (About 47 minutes)


Thanks Takoma Park CityTV

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Caldecott Club!

Join us tonight, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. for our monthly Caldecott Club, a family book club. At the program, we'll read some great new picture books, discuss their merits for the 2015 Caldecott Medal, and then vote on our favorites. It's a wonderful program for all ages; lemonade and cookies also are served! No registration required. Just come and join us tonight for a some fun with books!

September 21, 2014

Crafts on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 2-4

We will have all ages crafts this Sunday, Sept. 21 from 2-4.

Feel free to drop in between those hours or stay the duration. There will be a variety of crafts, including foam craft kits, stickers, photo cubes, rainbow loom bracelet making, fall leaves, lightning bug jars with glow sticks, and more.

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September 18, 2014

Marla Frazee

The Farmer and the ClownJoin us tonight Thursday Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. to hear Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Marla Frazee read her newest picture book, The Farmer and the Clown.
The Farmer and the Clown
The book has been getting lots of buzz from children's book experts as a top possibility for the 2015 Caldecott Medal. Frazee won a Caldecott Honor in 2010 for her illustrations for All the World, a picture book written by Liz Garton Scanlon. Frazee also does the illustrations for the popular Clementine chapter books, written by Sara Pennypacker. Politics & Prose Bookstore will sell copies of Frazee's books this evening, but the program is free and no purchase is required. Here's a snippet from The Horn Book website to give you a preview of tonight's program: Marla Frazee, wipe that smile off your face! - The Horn Book

September 17, 2014

Crafts on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 2-4

We will have all ages crafts this Sunday, Sept. 21 from 2-4.

Feel free to drop in between those hours or stay the duration. There will be a variety of crafts, including foam craft kits, stickers, photo cubes, rainbow loom bracelet making, fall leaves, lightning bug jars with glow sticks, and more.

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September 15, 2014

LGBTQ+ Awareness Event 9/16

Do you know the difference between gender identity and gender expression?
How to support someone who comes out to you?
The meaning of the word intersex?

These questions and more will be answered at LGBTQ+ Awareness, a presentation about different sexual orientations and gender identities.

LGBTQ Resources will be available. This program is for all ages.

Tues, Sept. 16 @ 7:30 pm
Children's Room, Takoma ParK MD Library (101 Philadelphia Ave.)

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September 08, 2014

LGBTQ+ Children's Books

Reminder: Special LGBTQ+ Awareness program at the library on September 16th.

Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction:


Brannen, Sarah – Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

Christensen, Bonnie - Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol

Ewert, Marcus – 10,000 Dresses

Garden, Nancy – Molly’s Family

Gonzalez, Rigoberto – Antonio’s Card

Greenberg, Keith Elliot - Zack’s Story: Growing Up With Same-Sex Parents

Harris, Robie H. It’s Not the Stork! A Book of Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

Herthel, Jessica and Jazz Jennings - I Am Jazz

Hoffman, Mary - The Great Big Book of Families

Howe, James – Totally Joe

Kuklin, Susan - Families

Maddern, Eric = The Fire Children: A West African Creation Tale

Newman, Lesléa – Daddy, Papa, And Me

Newman, Lesléa – Mommy, Mama, And Me

Parr, Todd - The Family Book

Parr, Todd - We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families

Polacco, Patricia – In Our Mothers’ House

Richardson, Justin – And Tango Makes Three

Setterington, Ken – Mom And Mum Are Getting Married!

Warhola, James - Uncle Andy’s

Winter, Jonah - Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

Zolotow, Charlotte - William's Doll

Parenting Books and Memoirs:


Duron, Lori - Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

Gillespie, Peggy and Gigi Kaeser - Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families

Johnson, Suzanne M. and Elizabeth O’Connor - For Lesbian Parents: Your Guide to Helping Your Family Grow Up Happy, Healthy, and Proud

Marin, April - The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families

Miller, Amie Klempnauer - She Looks Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood

Solomon, Andrew - Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity



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September 05, 2014

End of Summer Quest Party

Join us Monday September 8 at 7 p.m. for the gala celebration ending another great Summer Quest reading program! Anyone who participated in Summer Quest 2014 -- even if you didn't finish -- is welcome to attend the celebration. We'll talk about books we read and loved (or loathed), look at what participants created for the make-or-do challenge, and discuss possible themes for next year's Summer Quest. We'll also have cupcakes and lemonade, and everyone will head home with free books! Registration encouraged to make sure we have enough cupcakes; to register go to:Library - Takoma Park or call us at 301-891-7259.

September 04, 2014

Mouse Guard Tonight!

Join us tonight at 7:30 p.m. when award-winning graphic novelist David Petersen talks about his Mouse Guard books. Petersen also will be doing a drawing demonstration. Copies of the Mouse Guard books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Fantom Comics. But the event is free, and no purchase is required to attend. Peterson's books are particularly popular with our readers ages 8-12, but younger readers, as well as teens and adults also enjoy them. Dave Burbank, our library's comics guru, has more information about Petersen and the Mouse Guard series in his
Comics Blog.

September 03, 2014

LGBTQ+ Awareness

Do you know the difference between gender identity and gender expression?
How to support someone who comes out to you?
The meaning of the word intersex?

These questions and more will be answered at LGBTQ+ Awareness, a presentation about different sexual orientations and gender identities.

LGBTQ Resources will be available. This program is for all ages.

Tues, Sept. 16 @ 7:30 pm
Children's Room, Takoma ParK MD Library (101 Philadelphia Ave.)

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August 28, 2014

Kate DiCamillo

Friday night, August 29th, 7:30, next door in the auditorium.
2014 Newbery Award winner for Flora and Ulysses, Kate DiCamillo will be here for a Question and Answer session with her Takoma Park fans. Which are your favorites? Because of Winn Dixie? The Mercy Watson series? The Tale of Despereaux? The Tiger Rising? The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane? The Bink and Gollie books? The Magician's Elephant? Come ask questions.

Because of Winn Dixie The Tale of Despereaux Mercy Watson

Kate is in town for the National Book Festival on Saturday. This year it is not in tents on the mall, but indoors in the Convention Center, 10 am to 10 pm.
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Come Meet Peter Brown

My Teacher is a MonsterTonight, August 28th at 7 pm, author and illustrator Peter Brown will be reading and drawing here at the library.



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