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Upcoming Activities at the College Park Community Library

College Park Community Library

All library activities are held in the blue room on the lower level of the Church of the Nazarene. There is room for social distance and masks are required.

The Arts Program will resume on Tues. Jan. 4th – 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

The library meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month. This month the library is making collages. The library will supply: heavy card stock, glue sticks, and some magazines to use.

Those attending the class will need to bring: scissors, magazines, greeting cards, gift wrap, and any materials that can be cut and pasted. This is a free class.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Group meets each month. The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 11th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. This month’s book is “Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig.

Story Time will resume on Wed. Jan. 12th – 9:30 to 10:00am. Storytime is held each Wed. morning.

College Park Community Library Schedule

Please see below the latest weekly schedule of the College Park Community Library. The library is located at 9704 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, Maryland 20740.

Monday 7-8:30 pm
Homework and tutoring help all ages.
Tuesdays Evenings 7-8:30
1st Tues. Adult Arts group
2nd Tues. The 2nd Tuesday Book Group
3rd Tues. The *CPAE Book Group
4th Tues. The CPAE Photography Group
*CPAE – College Park Arts ExchangeTuesday afternoons 2:30-3:30
Students grades 1-3 read to staff members while building their Reading Log Books a school requirement.
Wednesday mornings 10:30 – 11:00
Thursday afternoons 2:30-3:30
Students grades 1-3 read to staff members while building their Reading Log Books a school requirement.
Saturdays Mornings 10-12:00
1st Sat.  Reading workshop – stories, crafts etc.
Grades K-3 Students can improve their reading.
2nd Sat. Students from UMD offer help with homework and tutoring – all ages.
3rd Sat. Meet Cammie our library dog!! Cammie is in training as a Guide Dog for the Blind.
4th Sat. Art projects with Kara a UMD student – all ages.

Join the Little Free Library Big Share!

A Little Free Library in Hollywood

You are invited to join the Little Free Library Big Share during May 17-19! There are several Little Free Libraries in the College Park and Greenbelt area that you can visit.

Here’s how you can participate:

Step 1: Stop by a Little Free Library May 17–19 and share a book.

Step 2: Take a photo of your visit and share it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #LFL10. (When you do, you’ll be entered to win a $20 e-gift card to our online store!)

Step 3: Repeat! Visit as many Little Free Libraries and share as many photos as you’d like.

Hint: There is one at 9510 Rhode Island, one at the bus stop/bike rack near MOM’s, and one inside MOM’s.

Currently, there are 10 Little Free Library in College Park. Find out where Little Free Libraries are from the map page:

[Credits: Lea Wade, Hollywood]

College Park Community Library Expands Its Collection, Programs

The College Park Community Library opened at the basement of the Church of the Nazarene on Feb. 22, 2012. Joe Smith and Jackie Kelly were the founders and co-directors at the time the library opened.

The library opened with donations of 800 books today there are close to 9,000 books on the shelves. As you can see, from the latest Calendar of Events below, the library has expanded its services to not only checking out books but to having programs that benefit the local community.

Recently, Sarah Caudill joined the library in 2016 as a volunteer. Stop in and meet Sarah on Tuesday afternoons she is at the library from 1-4:00. Sarah offers Story Time in French please let Sarah know you would like to hear stories in French.

The library is always looking for ways to improve our services to the community and we welcome your ideas and suggestion.

Let’s take our time to thank our Library Staff for their continued service to the community.

Every Monday – ESL Classes – 7-8:30
Every Tuesday – Arts Group – 7-8:30
2nd Tuesday 7-8:30 Second Tuesday Book Group
3rd Tuesday 7-8:30 College Park Arts Exchange Book Group
4th Tuesday. 7-8:30 College Park Arts Exchange Photography Club
2nd Thursday 1-2:00 Senior Book Group
Tuesday and Thursday 2-4:00 Students grades 1st – 3rd can build their log books by reading to a staff member.
Thursday 1-2:00 Story Time in French.
1st Sat. Story Time in Chinese 11-11:30
4th Sat. Story Time in Russian 10:45 – 11:15
Each Wednesday – 10:30-11:00 Story Time for infants and up.

Summer Arts Program for children ages 5-9 RSVP by June 6th
The dates/time are as follows:
June 9th – Klee: Take a Line for a Walk
July 14th – Make Your Own Comic Book Story
August 11th – Make a Coaster Set
From 10:30 -11-45 am

Instructor Racquel Keller
Instagram: @RacquelKellerArt
Twitter: @RacquelsArt

In Pictures: 6th Annual College Park Book Festival

For five years, this College Park library has built education programs for residents

The following is a reprint from the Diamondback newspaper about the College Park Community library located in north College Park. My deepest appreciation for the volunteers who have been selflessly supporting our community at the library!

Story time at College Park Community Library

When city resident Jackie Kelly opened the College Park Community Library in 2012, it had 800 books. Now, it has over 9,000, all of which have been donated, said Sarah Caudill, a volunteer at the library.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the public library — located in the lower level of the Church of the Nazarene on Rhode Island Avenue — is the city’s first since 1986. While Hyattsville, Greenbelt and other nearby towns have public libraries, there was no place in College Park for residents to check out books for free. The University of Maryland’s libraries, for example, require individuals not affiliated with the university to request a community borrowers card and pay $50 or more each year.

On Thursday afternoons, the library hosts young elementary school students, who practice their reading skills with a library staff member. Co-director of the library Elaine Stillwell said this program, which started in fall 2012, is very helpful for parents, particularly if English is their second language, because they might not know if their kids are pronouncing words correctly.

[Read more: New library storage facility in the Severn Building will house up to 1.25 million books]

“Some of the older children now are helping younger children to read too,” Stillwell said. “It kind of is a chance for them to take [their reading skills] to another level. … [It’s] a safe place for kids to come.”

About a year after it opened, the library began offering free English classes for non-native speakers, if you are also interested in your family education and began already to consider this option, see this website with the best private GCSE Maths tutor. The classes — which focus on conversation and language development — were offered on Wednesday mornings last spring and are set to pick back up in February, said Stillwell, who teaches the course and has a master’s degree in adult and continuing education and teaching.

“This is a good place for them to explore that without having to really be in the supermarket or conduct business,” said Stillwell.

[Read more: UMD Spanish students will be teaching English to local parents]

Kelly opened up the library with Joe Smith, who no longer resides in College Park or is involved with the library, because she was frustrated that residents of the city were not allowed to check out books from this university’s libraries.

“I just feel that that’s something our city needed and that we didn’t have, and now we have a library,” Kelly said.

Stillwell said she wants the library to be a “center for the community.” The library provides important services for College Park residents without computers or printers, she said. It also offers space for various groups — such as a photography club, a book group and an arts-and-crafts group, with great Ergonomic Chairs — to come together and meet.

One of the main programs offered at the library is story time for children on Wednesday mornings.

Caudill, an alumna of this university who began volunteering at the library in fall 2015, said that she will read to any children that come into the library, regardless of whether it’s during story time.

The story time is a good opportunity for parents and children to meet up and socialize, Stillwell said.

Daria Giraldo, a parent who attends story time with her 2-year-old, said the storyteller at the community library stood out to her. Micki Freeny, the Wednesday morning storyteller at the library and former director for the Prince George’s County library system, is “so full of energy, humor and [is] very knowledgeable about kids songs and poems,” Giraldo said. “She’s just unbelievable.”

“I have checked other public libraries, their story times, and this was the best one I found, so we stuck with this one,” she said. “Nothing but compliments about them.”

Community Library to Offer ESL Classes to Residents

The College Park Community Library will hold English as a Second Language classes on Wednesday mornings, from 9:15 to 10 AM, beginning September 21.

Classes are free. Young children are welcome with their parents. Call Elaine at 301-275-4458 for more information.

College Park Community Library

College Park Community Library

NCP Resident Builds, Donates Little Free Library

Little Free Library at Rhode Island Avenue near (MoM / REI stores)

Little Free Library at Rhode Island Avenue near (MoM / REI stores)

Thanks to north College Park resident Joe Smith for building this Little Free Library. You will find this Little Library on Rhode Island Ave. between the Metro Bus Stop and Bike Share rack.

Joe told me he made the library almost entirely out of scrap wood – leftovers from furniture and other projects. The only materials he bought were the pelxi-glass for the doors and windows and the hardware for the door.

Also thanks to the College Park Community Library for donating books to this Little Library to the residents of North College Park. There are several Little Library in North College Park. If you are not familiar, they are free and the idea is to take a book and leave a book if possible.

We’re working on a project to bring more libraries like this to our neighborhoods throughout the city.

College Park Book Festival, 2016


In Pictures – 2015 College Park Book Festival

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