Monday, July 2, 2018

Jump into July

We are now in the throes of summer 2018. July is chock-full of wonderful programs for all ages. Rock with us all summer long with MCPL's summer read and learn program, "Libraries Rock." Here at Kensington Park, hundreds of young readers have already signed up for the program. In fact, some readers are rockin' so hard, they have already completed all 12 activities and received a number of hand-picked prizes. Don't forget, once you complete the whole program, you also become eligible for lots of fun raffles for local events, including a Baltimore Orioles baseball game.
Kids playing chess at Kensington Park Library

Our newly formed Chess Club has gotten off to a great start. Please join us on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 6 PM. Practice your strategic thinking skills. July 3 is not an official club day, but boards will be available.

On Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12, we have full days of activities. First, at 10:00 AM, is Science in the Summer for grades 2 and 3. At 1:00 PM, we have Science in the Summer for grades 4-6. Through active, hands-on learning, students will explore the sun’s energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space, and how rockets overcome Earth’s gravity.  Registration is required for these two-day events. Space is limited, register today!

Also on July 10, at  10:30 AM, is the beginning of our Grandreader program, where children in grades K-3 can practice their reading skills while school is out. Bring a book from home or select one from the library. Come every week at the same time throughout July.

Family storytime continues every Wednesday morning at 10:30 or 11:15 AM for ages 18 months to five years. Our entertaining children's librarian will share diverse stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination.

Armchair with wings
Have a hankering for travel? Yearning to explore but can't get away? Local award-winning photographer Fred Shapiro, will share his Baltic Adventures--Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania-- with an armchair travel extravaganza. Come witness the beauty of the people, the culture, and the major sites from these independent nations, once dominated by Russia and Germany, on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 PM.

We wrap up the week on Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 PM with Family Ukulele Play & Sing Along, featuring our talented ukulele playing librarians. Bring your uke, sing along, or just listen to the melodies.

Join us Thursday, July 19 for our Libraries Rock! Dance Party. Put on your best pop star outfit or wear your craziest hair and come join us to dance, dance, dance! We will have photo props, a bubble machine, and a music playlist to keep you moving.

Winding up at the end of the week is our Montgomery Agricultural Fair program on Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 PM.  The teen 4-H Royal Court will share a story, songs, a simple craft, and information about this year's Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. You don't want to miss the opportunity to meet a farm animal!

The agenda for July 24 includes a program for teens featuring Google Expeditions: An Adventure Awaits You!, where you will travel on our virtual adventure to someplace exotic in the universe. Virtual reality viewers will allow us to see and learn about exciting new locations. This program is intended for teens ages 13-17 and will include a 15-20 minute virtual adventure and discussion of the specific topic and related articles and books. No registration required.

Do you know how to deal with a bully?  Panda Karate does and is coming to us on July 26 at 2:00 PM. This program uses comedy and storytelling in a fun and innovative way to teach kids how to respond to bullying without using their fists. It also looks at building self-esteem using karate.

DVD cover for the movie Coco
The ZooMobile comes to Kensington Park on July 28 at 2:00 PM.  Discover some of the amazing adaptations animals have for life in the wild. Use our challenging activities to compare those adaptations to our own abilities. Come see live animals.

And if that wasn't enough, we end the month with a family movie night featuring Coco at 6:30 PM on July 30.

We are so grateful to the Friends of the Library, Kensington Park Chapter for all their support in bringing many of these programs to the community.  Come on by. Don't miss out!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Has Arrived!

Staff Wearing Summer Reading Shirt
Staff Rocking 2018 Summer Read and Learn T-Shirts
We can't believe it's June already! We send a huge congratulations out to the graduating class of 2018. Summer has sneaked up on us, which means it's almost time to register for our 2018 Summer Read and Learn program, which begins June 9. This year's theme is Libraries Rock. This program is available to children, tweens, and teens. Log your books and learning activities online or on your printed game board to earn cool badges and prizes (while supplies last). Earn raffle entries as you move forward through the different challenges. Sign up starting June 9 online through Beanstack or at any Montgomery County Public Library branch.  If you're interested in having one of our nifty Summer Reading t-shirts, you can purchase one at one of our Friends of the Library bookstores.

To help get you into the summer spirit, we have many wonderful and unique programs offered for various ages. This June is jam-packed with fun events.

Starting June 5, our new Chess Club will meet every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM. Come by to play a game or get a lesson from the volunteer leading the program. Walk in to join.

3 Hands Adorned with Henna
Beautiful Henna Hands
We are hosting a very special program, Henna Hands, on June 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. This program is led by Kensington Park Library's very own staff member, Nishat.  Experience the artistry of henna designs on your hands. Bring a friend to decorate each other or get a wonderful design by the very talented Nishat. This event is free, but registration is required!

Children's Librarian Wearing a Silver Wig and Talking into a Microphone
Children's Librarian with Cool Hair
There will be a fun event for preschool and kindergarten children, Pajama Storytime!  This program will take place on June 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Pop into this free storytime wearing your favorite pair of pajamas. No registration needed.

Our storytimes are 25-30 minute programs designed to delight children aged 18 months to 5 years old accompanied by an adult or caregiver. These programs are filled with diverse stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination.  Our year-round family storytimes take place every Wednesday at 10:30 AM and 11:15 AM.

Do you love science? Are you curious about where electricity comes from? On June 19 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, you can learn all about electricity and why it's important not to waste it. Energy Express is a free program geared towards elementary aged children but all ages are welcome! No registration is necessary but do come early because space is limited to 30 guests.

Abracadabra Alex
Abracadabra Alex
Abracadabra Alex is coming to Kensington on June 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM to entertain children of all ages with a mesmerizing, funny, and interactive magic show. This is an exciting program for the whole family! Who doesn't love magic? No registration is required for this free event.

We have a hands-on program for everyone on June 23 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM where you finger-knit your own ladder necklace. You will get totally wrapped up in it because it is so much fun to do. No experience necessary. This event is free, but registration is necessary.  Sign up today.

A Knitted Necklace
Pretty Knitted Necklace
It's movie night! On June 25 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM we are playing Despicable Me 3 (rated PG). This is a funny, animated movie for all ages. All you have to do is show up, bring your family and friends, relax, and enjoy the film!

Believe it or not, that's not the end of our June summer kick-off  events.  The Villages of Kensington will be hosting an educational event geared towards seniors and adults on June 29 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Participants will learn about Greater Kensington's own "Village," part of a national movement of neighbors helping each other to provide community-based support for individuals who want to age at home. No registration is required.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Display
Many of our wonderful programs are made possible because they are funded by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County and the Kensington Park Friends Chapter. If you are interested in joining countywide or Kensington Park Friends organizations, or contributing to their funding, additional information is located on their websites.

Come check out some books and movies, attend our free events, and take a look at our cool monthly rotating displays. The staff at Kensington Park looks forward to seeing you all summer!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Poets at Kensington Park
We enjoyed a fun-filled April with so many free events! One program that was favored by our customers was in honor of National Poetry Month. We hosted "A Potpourri of Poetry:  Featured Poets and an Open Mic" on April 21. Our program included many talented poets including Nancy Naomi Carlson, Indran Amirthanayagam and the Blair High School Slam Team.

If you missed any of our April events, don't worry. We have many more to come.

We are holding a free Meditation Class: An Anecdote to Stress on Tuesday, May 15, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Facilitated by long time meditator, David Newcomb, explore the healing power of meditation and learn how to create peace in your life despite the stress around you. No registration is required for this event.

On May 19, from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM, we will have a free hands-on workshop to learn watercolor basics for teens and adults. Local art teacher, Firouzeh Sadeghi, will provide a wonderful afternoon of fun and basic techniques. All materials are supplied. Registration is required and there is currently a wait list for this event. Click here for more details!

If you haven't heard about MCPL's new program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, then you're missing out. This is a fun way to help prepare your child for kindergarten. Anytime you read a book (repeats count!), sing a song, do a fingerplay, read a poem or attend one of our storytimes, your child can color in a shell to log each activity. You can sign up at your local library or online through Beanstack. Each time you complete a log, take it to your local library to receive your next log along with a fun incentive. You can sign up anytime and it's free!

Next time you're in Kensington, stop by to see our May garden display or maybe even see some local goslings make their way through our parking lot! While supplies last, ask the Information Desk for a free compost bin to make your own organic soil!

We have a ton of fun programs lined up for June so stay tuned for next month's blog post and check out our Schedule of Events page regularly to see newly posted upcoming events!  Until next time!

Friday, April 6, 2018

If You're A Poet Let Us Know It

Book Cover of "From under the Russian Snow"

April showers bring May flowers!  Rainy weather is perfect for reading and writing.  April is also the time of year to start getting your hands dirty in the garden!  We have so many fun events planned to help you get your creative juices flowing both indoors and out!

From Under the Russian Snow author Michelle Carter will visit Kensington Park Library on April 10, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, to talk about current issues of the press in Russia.  Ms. Carter spent a year as the United States Information Agency's (USIA) Journalist-In-Residence.  Her experience includes over 30 years of traveling and writing about the former Soviet Union. This author talk will be very interesting and educational.

Girl Holding a Flower Picture Over a GardenOn Saturday, April 21, from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM, we have a special program brought to you by Master Gardener Robin Ritterhoff, co-leader of vegetable beds for Montgomery County's Derwood Demo Garden.  During this free event, attendees will explore how to use raised beds, intensive planting techniques and vertical options. This is a great opportunity for those who own a small space to learn how to optimize their garden to grow more vegetables and pollinator-attracting flowers. You don't want to miss this!

Vinyl Record Player Displayed There is another event going on from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on April 21 at the Silver Spring Library"Just for the Record" is a Vinyl Day festival to celebrate the art, culture, and sound of vinyl! This will be a family event filled with tons of activities including DJ performances, recording demonstrations, live music and dance and even record sales by the Friends of the Library! At Kensington Park we are celebrating vinyl by doing a "Name That Tune" contest sporadically throughout the month. The tune will be played on a real vinyl record player and customers are encouraged to guess the song title to win a prize!

On Sunday, April 22, the Town of Kensington will be holding its annual Day of the Book Festival, when the community comes together to celebrate all things reading. There will be tons of activities for all ages including guest authors, live music, vendors and cooking demos. Bring your family and friends. 

Empty Journal with a Pen
Lastly, we mustn't forget one of our most favorite times of the year, National Poetry Month! We have a very special event for all ages.  Come join us for "A Potpourri of Poetry:  Featured Poets and an Open Mic" on April 21st from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Local creative writers will share some of their poetry and then there will be an open mic for anyone who'd like to share some of their own work.  No registration is necessary for this free event. And to further celebrate National Poetry Month, visit us to create your own magnetic poem or verse!

Stop by our library today!  Who knows?  Maybe you'll get a lovely Poem in Your Pocket from one of our awesome librarians to take home with you.

P.S.  Stay tuned!  Kensington Park librarians will be visiting Montgomery County public elementary schools in the area in May and early June to talk about our 2018 Summer Reading Program.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Spring" Into Life At Your Local Library

The text A + surrounded by a red circle.Spring fever is in the air at Kensington Park! Start this season off right with all the amazing programs and books that we have to offer.

We have a fabulous new program called Homework Help where skilled volunteers assist students in grades K-8 on a drop-in basis on school assignments. This event is offered at 5:30 PM every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Drawing of a Tree Over Books
All the Write Stuff

On Saturday, March 17, we have a special event, All the Write Stuff, which is a free writing workshop for all levels presented by the 2018 Kensington Day of the Book Festival authors. Sessions include Publishing 101, How to Write Your Own Memoir and more. This information packed program is not to be missed!  Space is limited, register today.

I am Woman Creative Display
I Am Woman Display
Before the month is over, be sure to check out our Women's History Month display, filled with material to empower all women. We have a diverse display of books for and about women to inspire you. One of our personal favorites is, "I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World" by Malala Yousafzai.

For more information on programs that are happening at Kensington Park, check out our upcoming events.

Do you have any special displays or artwork that you'd like to share? Contact us today to see if your work can be presented in our monthly rotating display case for all of our customers to enjoy!