Events & Programs Silver Spring

Just for the Record: A Vinyl Day 2019

Just for the Record:  A Vinyl Day – Is waiting for you at the Silver Spring Library on Saturday, April 27th!

Do you love music?  Are you a fan of Vinyl Records?  Are you curious about them?  Join us for our second annual Just for the Record:  A Vinyl Day Festival.  This year’s festivities will run from 12pm to 4 pm.  Come and enjoy a viewing of the documentary Feast Your Ears ,  a panel discussion on creating and collecting vinyl records, a turntable experience, and a book signing with local author and former WHFS deejay Cerphe Colwell.   

For the first time, MCPL will host a music competition called Make Music Montgomery, where several musical acts from around the County will perform for us in front of a panel of celebrity community judges.  We’ll also have the very popular vinyl record craft project for kids age 0 – forever and the Friends of the Library Record Sale running during the event.  Following Make Music Montgomery, there will be a record listening room to close out the day.  Come to the libraries’ main floor starting at 12pm to be a part of the action.  Dress up as your favorite musician to maximize the fun!

We hope to see you there at the Silver Spring Library.  No advanced registration is needed. Stop by throughout the day, join in the fun, and bring the whole family!

Check for posters and displays at some of our local branches.  Every branch has a few cool “record” magnets for the lucky first few to inquire!  Check out the MCPL Podcast, Library Matters for two episodes that relate to music and vinyl records:

Episode #45:  Get in Tune with Music at MCPL, &

Episode # 27:  Vinyl Records and Other Retro Tech.

This event is hosted in partnership with MCPL,  Friends of the Library , Montgomery County, Inc.,  Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter,  Levine Music, and  Open Sky Jazz and  KEFA Cafe

Silver Spring

Discover the Children’s Floor at Silver Spring Library!

At Silver Spring Library, children have their own inviting space, the entire 5th floor of the library! We invite you to come and explore. It’s a great space for children to discover books, attend programs, do homework, read, use our computers, and play in our Early Literacy Center.

Aisle with shelves of books on either side

Step off the elevator or turn from the stairs and you see two halves to the 5th floor. On the left are materials for older children, generally those in elementary school. To the right is the baby, preschool, and beginner reader area. Wander from one to the other if you wish.

Here’s a look at the area for older children. Lots of books! Fiction and fact books and graphic novels.  You can also find audio books on CD, children’s magazines, family DVDs, and series books.

Try one of our internet computers for children with Microsoft Office software. Lots of children use them for homework and for fun, too! We also have AWE station computers. They are loaded with child-tested software that makes learning science, math, geography and reading fun.

Play area school busCheck out the area for younger children and
their grown-ups.  Explore our Early Literacy Center. It is designed with interactive structures for you and your child to enjoy and play with together.  Every corner is filled with opportunities to develop young children’s pre-reading skills and help them become lifelong readers and learners.

There are plenty of board books for babies and toddlers. Those are the hard-backed ones designed help very young children learn how books work.

Picture books get lots of room here, too!  Picture books are the foundation of reading together with parents and developing a love of stories and learning and reading! They’re great entertainment even for older children and adults.

Chairs around a rug in glassed-in program roomTry out our AWE learning station computers for younger children.  Learn letters and numbers, follow puzzles, draw pictures, play with shapes, and more!

Our children’s program room is where storytimes and other special children’s programs take place.  It’s a glassed-in room right in the middle of the 5th floor. You can even watch what’s going on from outside the room!  Try out our many storytimes:  Baby Storytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Science and Math storytimes, Pajama Storytime, bilingual French and English Storytime, and more!  Come build with Legos on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Sometimes we have dance sessions, crafts, and more!

We also have a Reading Nook. This is a quiet room away from the usual bustle where parents and children can sit and read together. This is also where we have our monthly Read to a Dog program. Great nonjudgmental reading practice especially for new readers!

Cozy room with bookshelves, rug and chairs

The children’s floor at Silver Spring Library is truly a special space.  Come explore!