Events & Programs

MCPL and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Celebrate Energy Action Month in October

Join the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) for a light bulb exchange event taking place during Energy Action Month, October. Energy Action Month is an opportunity to encourage residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting is used in all homes and consumes a substantial share of electricity—10 percent of the total electricity used in homes.  

These light bulb exchanges offer an opportunity for residents to lower their utility costs by switching to more energy efficient light bulbs, light emitting diodes (LEDs). Replacing just five of the most frequently used light fixtures with energy efficient bulbs can save more than $65 a year in energy costs.  

While compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs use one-third of the electricity, and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, they contain a small amount of mercury and should be handled carefully and always disposed of properly. These light bulb exchanges give residents an opportunity to recycle these bulbs the right way and lower their energy costs at the same time.    

Residents can bring their old incandescent and CFL light bulbs to the following MCPL branches in exchange for new LEDs. There is a limit of 3 bulbs per family at each event: 

  • Aspen Hill, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville – Friday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
  • Chevy Chase, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase – Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Connie Morella (Bethesda), 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda – Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Damascus, 9701 Main Street, Damascus – Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Davis (North Bethesda), 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda – Thursday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Gaithersburg, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg – Friday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Kensington Park, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington – Saturday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  
  • Little Falls, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda – Monday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Long Branch, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring – Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville), 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville – Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
  • Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington – Thursday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Olney, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney – Friday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Potomac, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac – Saturday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Quince Orchard, 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg – Monday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Rockville Memorial, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville – Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Silver Spring, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring – Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Twinbrook, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville – Thursday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Wheaton, 11701 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring – Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • White Oak, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring – Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

For more information on lowering your utility costs and keeping money in your pocket, visit

Did You Know Events & Programs

MCPL and Montgomery County Board of Elections to Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 28, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) will provide information tables at select branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in celebration of National Voter Registration Day. The BOE seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach voters who may not register otherwise and to ensure everyone can vote during next year’s Primary Gubernatorial elections on June 28, 2022.

BOE information tables will be located at the following branches on September 28:

12 p.m. –2 p.m.

Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD 20832
Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

5 p.m.–7 p.m.

Connie Morella Library (Bethesda), 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

Culture Events & Programs

MCPL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us for these events in September to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Miercoles, 9/15, 9:30am

Baby Storytime @ MCPL – Virtual – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
Enjoy Baby Storytime live with one of MCPL’s children’s librarians via Zoom!  Help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with songs, rhymes, lap bounces, and simple stories in Spanish and English for infants up through about 18 months.  Baby Storytime is designed for adult caregivers to enjoy together with babies, and can help develop your child’s growing language skills and encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Lunes, 9/20, 6:30pm

Taller de resolución de conflictos para jóvenes y familias hispano-hablantes
This workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Durante este taller vamos a explorar el significado de conflicto para cada uno de nosotros y que informa nuestras ideas sobre el conflicto. Presentado por el Centro de Resolución de Conflictos del Condado de Montgomery (CRCMC).

Jueves, 9/23, 4pm

Create Your Own Hojalata
In honor of National Hispanic/Latino Heritage month, join us as we discover the Mexican folk art called Hojalata!

Cuerpo Sano, Cerebro Sano, Vida Sana… Consejos de las últimas investigaciones
This workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Este taller cubre cuatro áreas de hábitos de estilo de vida que están asociados con un envejecimiento saludable.

A cualquier edad, podemos adoptar hábitos de estilo de vida para ayudar a mantener o incluso mejorar nuestra salud, mantener nuestro cerebro en forma y posiblemente retrasar la aparición del deterioro cognitivo. Este taller cubre cuatro áreas de hábitos de estilo de vida que están asociados con un envejecimiento saludable. Este programa está diseñado para personas de cualquier edad que buscan información y herramientas prácticas para ayudar a incorporar recomendaciones en un plan para un envejecimiento saludable. 

Jueves, 9/30, 7pm

Book Discussion “Mexican Gothic”
Join us for a lively discussion of the award winning gothic horror novel “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

You can obtain your copy of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia by placing a hold online or calling your local branch. The book is also available on overdrive as an e-book and e-audio book

Events & Programs

Join Our June Tails & Tales Summer Read & Learn Events

Join us for this week’s Tails and Tales Summer Read & Learn Events! And don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Read & Learn Program at to start tracking books and activities now!

All events are listed on our calendar at Please click through and for registration and/or login information for each.

Monday, June 21: 4-5pm
Tails & Tales Trivia – Test your knowledge of animals!
How much do you know about animals? Come find out! Our questions will be about any animal – as long as it has a tail! We will be using both Zoom and Kahoot. You will need a mobile device to play or you may split your PC screen.  Recommended for elementary school age participants.

Tuesday, June 22: 11am – 12pm
Energy Express 2021 – Tales and Tails Edition
This year for Energy Express, we focus on the theme of “Tales and Tails”. This program is intended for 6-12 years old and is limited to 40 participants. Register at

Wednesday, June 23: 11am-12pm
Gregory May: Circus Science – A Summer Read and Learn Event
Join professional knucklehead and silly scientist Gregory May on a tour of the scientific principles behind his circus skills.

Thursday, June 24: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sonia Manzano: Actress & Author – A Summer Read and Learn Event
Please join us to hear Sonia Manzano, author and one of the first Hispanic actresses on television. She inspired, educated, and delighted children as “Maria” on Sesame Street for over 40 years.

Saturday, June 26: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Pan-Asian Storytelling– A Summer Read and Learn Event
Hang onto your “Tails & Tales” as Master tellers, Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo take you on a journey of Pan-Asian folk tales and myths.

Sunday, June 27: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
1-2-3 Andres: Musical Duo – Virtual – A Summer Read and Learn Event
Andrés and Christina are teaching artists who get kids and families excited about learning and moving together in Spanish and English.  Join them on an exciting cultural exploration of Latin America through an introduction of language, music, and dance.

Aspen Hill Events & Programs Library Branches

Outdoor Storytime at Aspen Hill Starts June 21

We’re excited to announce that outdoor storytime at the Aspen Hill library begins on Monday, June 21st! We will spread out our blankets and enjoy the summer weather during this lively storytime on the grassy lawn by the Aspen Hill library.

This family storytime will feature books, songs and rhymes with Mr. Joe from the Rockville Library that promote early literacy skills. We will paint large circles on the lawn that can be reserved through our website so that families can comfortably practice social distancing. A few cicada friends will be singing with us!

To join us for outdoor storytime, please register using these links:

June 21st at 10:15

June 28th at 10:15

July 12th at 10:15

July 19 at 10:15

Registration is required. If your group plans to share one circle, please only register once for the group. One registration reserves one circle. Libraries are open from 10am-6pm on Mondays, so you can browse after storytime if you’d like.

Looking for something to do until Storytime? Take a look at these resources for kids using your library card.

Hoopla – e-audiobooks, ebooks, tv shows, and movies 

TumbleBooks – books that read themselves 

OverDrive for Kids – audiobooks and ebooks 

Kanopy Kids– videos and animated books 

BookFlix – animated stories 

Explora Educators and Explora Primary School – education resources 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – sign up online today, and print out your child’s reading log and your list of Early Literacy Moments 

Please place your request for English-language captioning or sign language interpretation at least five days before the library-sponsored program you plan to attend. Contact the Assistant Facilities and Accessibility Program Manager at 240-777-0002 with all other accommodation requests.

Events & Programs

The Weekend @ MCPL: April 23-25

The weekend’s loading @ the library! Join us for these events:

Friday, 4/24

3pm— #AspenHill & #Olney Knitting & Crochet Club 🧶

4pm— First Chapter Friday. Every Friday we read aloud the first chapter of a book for Grades 4-6. 📚

4:30pm— TeenHub Intermediate Python Programming Workshop 💻

5pm— Virtual Take, Make & Meet, Piggy Banks 🐷 🏦

5pm—Family Dance Party 💃🏼🕺🏻

Saturday, April 24

10am—Family Storytime. This week it’s about feelings & emotions 😊🤪😒😬😔🥳😭

1pm—Virtual Dungeons & Dragons 🏰 🐉

4pm—Harry Potter Book Discussion, for ages 10+. April’s book is “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire,” available for instant checkout on Hoopla with your MCPL card. 🧙🏼‍♀️

7pm—Contemporary Conversations with columnist & author Michelle Singletary. Register here. 🖊

Sunday, 4/25

10:30am—Family Storytime 📖

1pm—Virtual Dungeons & Dragons 🏰 🐉

3pm—Germantown African American Authors Book Club discusses “Tough Love: my story of the things worth fighting for” by Susan Rice, available to borrow through Overdrive in ebook. 📚

We hope to see you this weekend!

Events & Programs

Day of the Record — Vinyl Day 2021

Featuring the Make Music Montgomery contest, a panel discussion, and a record-pricing workshop.

The Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), and other sponsors have put the needle back on!  Virtual Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day 2021 will spin in cyberspace on Saturday, April 17th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Facebook Live!  

The day’s activities include:

12 p.m. – Make Music Montgomery contest, featuring performances from our residents, with judging and commentary by a distinguished panel of experts.  

1  p.m. – Vinyl Records Workshop – A workshop on vinyl record pricing hosted by Lance Salins, Director of Business Operations of Friends of the Library Montgomery County, Inc. and antiques collector, Ray Brennan.

2 p.m. – Panel Discussion on Racial Equity and Social Justice in Music, moderated by Garrett McQueen, musician, equity and equity consultant. Panel members include Olivia Ellis Randolph and Dianne Be of Takoma Radio (WOWD-FM) and Daryl Davis, international recording artist, actor, author and leader of The Daryl Davis Band.

This program will be streamed live on MCPL’s Facebook (no need for an account). We hope you’ll join us! 

Looking for resources on music? Take a look at these music resources using your library card. Don’t have a card right now? No worries, try our newly improved Digital Library card  and you’ll be ready to go in minutes.

Events & Programs

April Events for Teens at Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Whether writing, reading, arts, crafts, or coding, April is full of events for teens at MCPL! Check out the descriptions, dates and times below, and join us at the event links! Bookmark our events calendar for a daily schedule of programs for everyone!

Spring Vision Board, 4/13, 5pm

4/13, 5pm
A vision board is a creative way to visualize your goals. Join us to learn more about vision boards, create your own board and jump start your spring.

Needles & Crafts from Quince Orchard Library

4/14, 21 & 28, 10am
A weekly club for adults and teens who enjoy needlework and crafts; want to show & talk about their work; get ideas or help on projects; and share what they have learned.

Teen Writing Groups

4/15, 21, 22, 27, & 29, various times
Groups for aspiring teen writers, sponsored by various branches.

TeenHub – Intermediate Python Programming Workshop – STEM Program for Teens Boosting Computer &Technology Skills,

4/23, 4:30pm
Join us to learn more about computer programming through fun lessons about Python (Intermediate level) and its applications, like designing games, graphics, and applets. The award-winning high school robotics team 5421 RM’d and Dangerous is hosting several interactive online programming lectures for middle to high-school students called TeenHub. Computer science is a flexible tool that is essential to most disciplines. Learning more about programming can help you become a better problem solver and solution designer!

Teen Poets Read from Their Book for National Poetry Month, 4/27, 7pm

4/27, 7pm
Noor Saleem and Salihah Aakil are part of Shout Mouse Press’s community of writers, which mostly includes young people of color, ages 16 to 24, from low-income communities in Washington. In I Am the Night Sky ten Muslim American teenagers from Maryland come together to explore what is means to be young and Muslim in America today. The book is available for check-out by placing a hold in our catalog. Don’t have a card right now? No worries, try our newly improved Digital Library card and you’ll be ready to go in minutes.

Did You Know

6 Great Kids Books for World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month, where stories are shared and communities get together to educate and ultimately increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism. World Autism Month kicks off TODAY, April 2nd, with World Autism Awareness day. 

To celebrate this month, MCPL would like to highlight some of our favorite juvenile reads about Autism and by authors with Autism: 

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J. Pla is a picture book about being a sibling of someone with autism. Nothing went right for Sammy today. He got in trouble at school, the cafeteria ran out of pizza and he had to walk home in the rain. When Sammy gets home, he finds out that his autistic little brother, Benji, also had a bad day and is spending some time in his special box, where he feels safe and warm. But Sammy doesn’t have a special box and he thinks no one cares. But someone does care and someone is watching, and that someone might just have the very thing to make Sammy’s bad day go away.  

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott, is a juvenile fiction novel, inspired by Scott’s own experiences with autism. Even though Tally’s life is complicated, she isn’t ashamed about having autism. But something is different about sixth grade. Tally’s best friend is acting weird and the more Tally tries to be “normal,” the harder things get. For Tally, fitting in may not be all it’s cracked up to be.  

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey is a picture book from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum. In Classroom Six, Henry has been looking for a friend. Someone kind, someone who shares and listens. Someone who likes things just the way Henry likes them. On a day where things are too loud and too wrong, can Henry find a friend or will a friend find him instead? With warm, simple illustrations but Mika Song, this 2020 Schneider Family Honor Book celebrates the patience of friendship. 

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit, is a story in letters about a girl on a mission. Vivy Cohen wants to play baseball more than anything, even though her mom says she can’t because she’s a girl and because she has autism. But things are changing for Vivy Cohen, a little league coach invites her to play ball and Vivy’s hero, Major League star pitcher VJ Capello, becomes her pen pal. Now Vivy knows, anything is possible. Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! is a 2021 Middle Grade Schneider Family Honor book. 

My Rainbow by mother-daughter duo, DeShanna and Trinity Neal, follows the real life story of one mothers journey to create the perfect, colorful wig for her transgender daughter, who is also on the spectrum. Trinity wants long hair like her dolls, but it has to be perfect and it has to be her. With beautiful illustrations by Art Twink, this picture book celebrates seeing and being seen. 

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos, is a story about hope and perseverance through tragedy, told through the eyes a nonverbal girl with a passion for space exploration. Twelve-year-old Nova can’t wait for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, which is going to take the first teacher into space. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, love all things space, but Bridget is missing and Nova is in a new foster home. As the day of the launch grows near, Nova worries that Bridget is going to break her promise to be there by liftoff.  

Events & Programs

National Financial Literacy Month at MCPL

April is National Financial Literacy Month — a time to focus on earning, managing, saving, and spending money wisely. MCPL offers a number of events this month on all kinds of money matters, and we hope you’ll join us! All events are virtual; registration and log-in information is available below.

National Financial Literacy Month Events

Paying for College or Technical School – A Virtual Workshop for Financial Literacy Month
Thursday, April 01: 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Paying for an education can seem overwhelming and confusing. Choices made now can have a lasting impact.

How to Protect your Hard Earned Money! – A Virtual Workshop for Financial Literacy Month
Wednesday, April 07: 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Join Suzanne McGovern of the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission to talk to seniors about tip to protect your hard earned money, ways to avoid fraud and important documents to organize.

Investing for Women – Presenter Suzanne McGovern – A Virtual Workshop for Financial Literacy Month
Monday, April 12: 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Join us for a series of discussions with Suzanne McGovern, from the SEC’s Office of Investor Education.

Budgeting & Money Management – with Aspen Hill Library – Virtual Workshop for Financial Literacy Month
Monday, April 12: 4:00pm – 6:00pm 
Learn how to create a spending plan and develop wise spending habits. Learn tips on how to save money and get help from local resources.

Resources for Financial Literacy
Tuesday, April 13: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Virtual Branch
The Library’s website includes online resources providing information & guidance about money and Personal Finance. We’ll do an overview of some from the Guides/Online Resources tab on our home page.

Recognizing the Latest Investment Frauds and Scams – Presented by the U.S. SEC – A Virtual Workshop for Financial Literacy Month
Tuesday, April 20: 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Fraudsters love a disaster–& COVID-19 is no different. Join the SEC’s Office of Investor Education & Advocacy in learning about current investment frauds, scams & the tools you need to arm yourself.

Money Smart for Adults – Financial Literacy Month
Wednesday, April 21: 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Join us for a FREE workshop on financial planning.