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Books About Gratitude for a Thankful Thanksgiving

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin, Stan & Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears’ Thanksgiving, Stan & Jan Berenstain

Franklin’s Thanksgiving, Paulette Bourgois

Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit, Norman Bridwell

I am Thankful, Suzy Capozzi

Look and Be Grateful, Tomie DePaola

Llama Llama Gives Thanks, Anna Dewdney

I’m Feeling Thankful, Natalie Shaw

Gobble, Gobble, Jo Ryan

Gracias, Pat Mora

Rivka’s First Thanksgiving, Elsa Okon Rael

The Thank You Book, Mary Ray

Thanksgiving Day, Anne Rockwell

Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks, David Soman

May We Have Enough to Share, Richard Van Camp

Bear Says Thanks, Karma Wilson

Thanksgiving Poems, Myra Cohn Livingston

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Family Fun Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving is the ultimate family holiday, and there’s no better time to share Thanksgiving books together with our closest people! This list of picture books and juvenile fiction titles with a family and fun theme are perfect for sharing with kids, siblings, caregivers–in person or over Zoom! And best of all, they’re all available at MCPL, for pick-up with Holds-to-Go.

Turkey Pox, Laurie Halse Anderson

Over the River and Through the Wood: a Holiday Adventure, Linda Ashman

We Are Family, Magnolia Belle

The Berenstain Bears Love One Another, Mike Berenstain

The Runaway Hug, Nick Bland

Arthur’s Thanksgiving, Marc Brown

How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story, Eve Bunting

A Turkey for Thanksgiving, Eve Bunting

Over the River and Through the Wood: A Thanksgiving Poem, Lydia Child

Molly’s Pilgrim, Barbara Cohen

So Much!, Trish Cooke

Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, Joy Cowley

The Great Thanksgiving Escape, Mark Fearing

Thanksgiving is Here!, Diane Goode

Spot’s Thanksgiving, Eric Hill

Around the Table that Grandad Built, Melanie Hill

Thanksgiving in the White House, Gary Hines

The Great Big Book of Families, Mary Hoffman

Duck for Turkey Day, Jacqueline Jules

Where is Baby’s Turkey?, Karen Katz

You and Me Together, Barbara Kerley

Families, Families, Families!, Suzanne Lang

This is the Turkey, Abby Levine

Families, Ann Morris

Maisie’s Scrapbook, Samuel Narh

Thanksgiving Wish, Michael J. Rosen

A Family is a Family is a Family, Sara O’Leary

Families, Shelley Rotner

The Thanksgiving Beast Feast, Karen Gray Ruelle

One Family, George Shannon

The Perfect Thanksgiving, Eileen Spinelli

Thanksgiving Treat, Catherine Stock

Thanksgiving at Our House, Wendy Watson

Thanksgiving with Me, Margaret Willey

This Is Our House, Hyewon Yum

Family Celebrations, Martha Rustad

Super Simple Thanksgiving Activities, Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do, Judith Conaway

175 Easy-to-Do Thanksgiving Crafts, Sharon Dunn Umnik

Turkey Riddles Katy Hall

It’s Thanksgiving, Jack Prelutsky

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What’s on your 2020 MCPL Bingo Card?

What’s on your MCPL 2020 Bingo card?

“Library super fans know that MCPL is WAY more than books,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Our 2020 Library Bingo Card is full with streaming movies, language learning, virtual yoga, drum lessons and more. This month, see how many boxes you can check off!”

Tag us on social media and let us know what you find. We’d love to know if you complete your whole card. And if you need some help checking off all of the boxes, use our Digital Resources @ MCPL guide to help you!

Events & Programs

Author Lisa See Joins MCPL to Discuss “The Island of Sea Women”

Best-selling author Lisa See will join us in MCPL’s virtual branch on Tuesday, November 17, at 3pm to discuss her new book, Island of Sea Women, which is also the 2020 “One Maryland One Book” title. Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up here. Zoom meeting information will be sent to you after you register.

Physical copies of The Island of Sea Women may be available through your local branch; limited “One Maryland One Book” copies can be requested through the Davis and Olney branches. Please contact these locations during telephone hours to request a copy and arrange a time for pick up. For e-books, additional copies are anticipated– please check back for updates.

Learn more about The Island of Sea Women by visiting Lisa See’s website. Several MCPL book groups will also discuss the book soon. Check the virtual events calendar to join in the conversation.

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Join us for Virtual Halloween at MCPL!

Boo! Check out these weird, monstrous and spooky virtual programs! Halloween fun for all ages delivered right to your home!

Join MCPL in our virtual branch for Halloween events, now through October 31st. Click the links below to find event details and registration information, including a Make & Take, story times, a book club, a dance party, trivia, and a Maryland STEM Festival workshop. We can’t wait to see you to celebrate Halloween 2020!

Take, Make & Meet: Virtually Spooky Banners, 10/23, 5-6pm
Bats, pumpkins, and spiders. Oh My! Pick up a kit full of spooky supplies at Marilyn Praisner Library. Then join us while we create a Spooky Banner just in time to hang for Halloween!

Virtual Trivia Night: Where the Answers are Flexible! Spooktacular Edition, 10/23, 7-8pm
Kick off your weekend with some trivia! Join us for a fun hour of trivia provided by two trivia experts. All new categories! For ages teen to adult. Please register as space is limited.

Virtual Halloween Bingo, 10/25, 2-3pm
B-I-N-G-O! Get in the Halloween spirit with a virtual version of Bingo. Prizes will be given!

Trick or treating might be different this year, but you can still have some spooky fun with Halloween Bingo! Participants will play via Zoom with an online Bingo card and play for a chance to win candy prizes.
Virtual Halloween Baby Storytime, 10/29, 9-9:30am
We miss you! Join us virtually for Baby Storytime! Wear a costume if you wish for this special Halloween-themed storytime.

Virtual Halloween Trivia Night, 10/29, 7-8pm
Trick-or-treat! It’s almost All Hallow’s Eve so get in the spooky spirit with some Halloween trivia.

Spooky categories include horror movies, Halloween in literature, history of Halloween, and more!  Costumes recommended, but not required.

Kids Book Discussion – The Monster’s Ring, 10/30, 4-5pm
We will be having a virtual book discussion for kids in 3-6th grades.  Please read The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville. and come ready for a fun discussion, and maybe a game! Find the book in the library and make a holds-to-go appointment to pick it up, or you can read it online from MCPL’s Hoopla link.  From the MCPL website, click Books, then E-Books, then Hoopla. Registration is required.  Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

Virtual Family Dance Party, 10/30, 5-5:30pm
This week the dance party will get creepy and silly! Wear your costumes and get ready to dance to some Halloween tunes.

Virtual Halloween Family Storytime @ MCPL, 10/31, 10-10:45am
We miss you! Wear a costume if you like, and join us virtually for Halloween Family Storytime via Zoom!  Filled with diverse stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination, these programs encourage young children of all ages to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning and introduce them to the culture of reading. 

 Virtual Fun with Fluorescence: Maryland STEM Festival 2020, 10/31, 3:30-5pm
Come learn how to transform common household objects into glow-in-the-dark creations. Create your own blacklight and see fun ideas to test the fluorescence of items in your home!
Did You Know

Audiobooks to Transfer to Overdrive Platform Oct. 26

Our library will transfer all audiobooks from RBdigital to the OverDrive platform on Monday, October 26, 2020. We encourage you to visit our digital library and download the free Libby app to become familiar with how it works and browse our digital catalog. If you’d like to learn more about Libby you can view on-demand how-to videos, and visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance.  If you have other questions about the RBdigital migration to OverDrive, please visit

If you need assistance in adding the app or switching your materials over, please call 240-777-0001. We are looking forward to continuing to offer you access to audiobooks through a new app.