Friday, July 21, 2017

Notes from the Library

Here are some great events and programs that are coming up soon:


SCORE, the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, is now providing one-on-one counseling at Silver Spring Library to individuals who are starting or expanding a business.  Appointments are on Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM by calling 240-73-9420.  There is also more information on starting and running a business on the library's website.

Middle School Writing Workshop

Are you a middle school student who likes to write?  Silver Spring Library is hosting a four-session morning writing workshop where you will have the chance to write a lot!  Improvisational games and writing prompts are used to unleash creative genius.  Positive feedback to build skills.  The program is presented by Shelley Johnson Carey, educational publisher and author of Thin Mint Memories.  

Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory and registration is required.  The workshops will be held Monday through Thursday July 24 to July 27 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Study Room 3-01.  After registering, please write a brief note explaining why you are interested in the workshop and email it to Ms. Carey at

Harriet Tubman: Defender

A special theatrical presentation at the library...This one-woman play depicts Harriet Tubman at the age of 50 reflecting back on her childhood memories and proclaiming her future.  Through narrative, song, and visual projections, the performance describes her escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad and her emergence as one of the most famous Underground Railroad conductors.  Performed by Eunice Lewis Seagraves.  A question and answer session follows the performance.  August 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on the 3rd floor in meeting rooms 1 and 2.  All ages.

Grandreaders...Help with Learning to Read

Could your rising K-3rd grader use a little extra help with reading this summer?  Senior volunteers from the Jewish Council on Aging Interages Center will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance.  No registration required.  Located in the reading nook on the 5th floor.  Please sign in upon arrival.  11:00 AM to Noon Mondays through August 7.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Special Programs This Summer at Silver Spring Library

Our summer reading program is now in full swing for children, teens, and adults.  Sign up online at home or in the library.  Children receive a game board of activities and can collect prizes.  Teens can review favorite books and earn online badges.  Adults, teens, and children can also join our Reading Challenge to read a book from each of twelve categories and be entered to win in a prize raffle.

Come into the Silver Spring Library this summer for some extra special programs designed to educate, entice, and entertain you and your children.  Here is a sampling of the extraordinary programs associated with Summer Reading.  We have a wealth of stellar programs for children this summer.  There's truly something for everyone.  Click here to check out our events.
  • Blue Sky Puppet Theater presents "The Babysitter". Find out what happens when puppeteer Michael is suddenly asked to babysit two children. Will it be fun or a disaster? A program for preschool and elementary school children and their families. Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 AM. Free tickets available at the customer service desk 30 minutes before the program begins.
  • Energy Express presented by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.  Come learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency in a fun and interactive hands-on way.  For ages 6-10, no younger siblings.  Parents are encouraged to stay and help.  Tuesday, June 20 at 2:00 PM.  Register online.
  • Harry Potter Day: 20th Anniversary.  Witches, wizards, and non-magical folk are all
    welcome to join our drop-in activities and scavenger hunt.  A wand making craft will be held at 11:00 AM until supplies run out.  Costumes or house colors are encouraged but not required!
  • Maryland Zoo presents "Going, Going, Gone".  Every day more species and habitat vanish.  Find out how our actions impact our world and learn ways we can protect the richness of life on our planet.  Preschool and elementary age children.  Free tickets are available at the customer service desk 30 minutes before the beginning of the program.  Space is limited.  July 8 at 11:00 AM.
  • Keshius Williams.  Listen to this bubbly, energetic storyteller who engages children of all ages through sing-a-longs and interactive participation.  Children will learn about the meaning of friendship, how to treat people the way you want to be treated, and to love the skin you are in.  For all ages. July 13.
  • Margie Lynch the Bubble Lady.  The Bubble Lady creates smoke bubbles, square bubbles,
    and even bubbles surrounding audience members!  Fun for the whole family! Discover the science of bubbles!  Free tickets are available at the customer service desk 30 minutes before the program begins.  July 20 at 11:00 AM.
  • Magical Math Tour, with Brian Curry.  Energize your
    children with laughter, cheers and applause while they review important mathematical concepts.  In addition to great math content, this show helps relate math to their everyday lives.

     Preschool and elementary school children.  July 27 at 11:00 AM.  Free tickets are available at the customer service desk 30 minutes before the program.
  • How to Draw Cartoons.  For ages 10 to 18.  Teens and tweens! Do you like to draw? Do you want to be a cartoonist? Join cartoonist Paul Merklein as he shows you how to draw cartoons! Bring your imagination and be ready to have fun drawing!  Registration is required.  July 24 at 1:00 PM.
And More...
  • Pajama Storytimes.  July 3 and August 7 at 7:00 PM
  • Preschool Storytimes.  July 11 and August 8 at 2:30 PM.  For ages 3 to 5 years.
  • Baby Storytimes.  All summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:30 AM.   Ages 0 to 18 months.  Tickets given out starting 30 minutes before the program.
  • Toddler Storytimes.  All summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.  Ages 18 to 36 months.  Tickets given out starting 30 minutes before the program
  • Amharic Storytimes.  In English and Amharic on June 24 and July 31.
  • Spanish Storytimes.  July 8 and August 5 at 11:00 AM.
  • Paperspace.  Come create!  Each week we'll have a new paper based project for you to make. Adult supervision is required for children 8 and under.   Friday evenings June 16, 23 and 30, July 6, 14, 21, 28, and August 4
  • Dance Your Fanny Off!  Come dance with us! Sing, dance, and play as you work on fine motor, listening, spatial, and social skills. For walkers up to age 5. Siblings welcome.  July 15 and 29.  August 12 and 26.
  • Grandreaders.  Could your rising K-3rd grader use a little extra reading help this summer? Senior volunteers from the Jewish Council on Aging, Heyman Interages Center will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance. No registration required. Located in the reading nook, please sign in upon arrival.
  • Read to a Dog.   Are you a beginning reader? Do you know someone who wants to improve his/her confidence and reading skills? Come read to a dog! They never correct, judge, or interrupt. Volunteers from the organization People Animals Love and their canine friends will be on hand to listen.  June 20, July 18, and August 15 at 7:00 PM.
  • Weekend Legos.   Children are invited to drop in for to build, create, and play with our
    DUPLOS (little ones) and LEGOS. We supply the blocks, so please leave yours at home. Your creations must be left at the library but, may be photographed before deconstruction.  Saturdays from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM and Sundays from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

Have a great reading summer!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fort Day

Wow, it was fun for the children who participated in our very first Fort Day at Silver Spring Library.  On Saturday evening (Yes, we're open during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings) children and their grownups came to build reading forts out of old bedspreads and sheets.

The object was to have fun and spend that wonderful, magical childhood time reading secluded inside your very own fort.  Children were allowed to build their forts almost anywhere out on the children's 5th floor.  We hope the idea of "alone time" reading like this is one that translates to home.
Remember, too, that sign up for our summer reading program,  Build a Better World begins June 10.

Almost wish we were children again to be able to read inside our own special fort.  What the heck, maybe we will do it anyway!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Late @ Your Lilbrary

Silver Spring Library, along with Gaithersburg, Germantown and  Rockville Memorial Libraries are open extended hours this summer!  We'll be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Our branch is located in a very lively section of downtown Silver Spring.  The area is usually hopping on Friday and Saturday evenings with people out to dinner, shopping, heading to the gym to work out, enjoying music or the movies.  Now you can add heading to the library to your activities list weekend nights.  Come checkout books, pick up a DVD, or use our Internet computers.

Come hang at the library.  Our new summer hours are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Notes from the Library

toy puppy reading The Hungry Caterpillar at library table

Recently, on a quiet and rainy Monday evening in the children’s room at Silver Spring Library, a very cute and uninhibited six-year-old girl ran up to the Information Desk.  She really needed some good books to read she said, so the librarian followed her back to the picture book section ready to make some recommendations.  What kind of book did she want?  "No, no," she said, the book was not for her but for the puppies.  The librarian followed her over to the area near our Early Literacy Center where she and her sister had commandeered a small table.  

Four of our plastic animal toys (which can be imagined as dinosaurs, dogs, horses, or something else) perched on chairs around the table.  I asked if the sisters were having a tea party, but no, they were reading to the “puppies”.  It was so adorable.  They continued reading for the next 15 minutes or so, and then played other games with the animals…taking them to the doctor, talking to them, making sure they behaved, and more.  A great night at the library.  Even their toddler brother wanted books, although he may have loved pulling bunches of them off the shelves the most!

We have real dogs in our library from time to time, too!  Children can "Read to a Dog" on May 16 at 7:00 PM.  It's great for beginner readers who want to improve their confidence and reading skills with no correction or interruption.  Dogs just don't judge.   No registration required.