Welcome CCPL Children's Services

The Charles County Public Library has a variety of special activities every month for children of all ages.  In addition to our regular story times, special guests are often invited to come entertain and educate.

Story Time at P.D. Brown with Mrs. D and Ms. Sara!

Please check the calendar for upcoming events. Be advised, you may have to register for certain ones to reserve a spot. Once you click an event, you will be informed if you have to register.

If you would care to look at archived photographs taken during past programs please check out our Facebook page.

May 2015 Events

Description: CarSafetySpecial Events

The Superheroes Bookmark Design Contest has been extended through Monday, MAY 11. The two winning bookmarks will be used as the library's official Summer Reading Bookmark. 

Click here to print the entry form and for more information.

Celebrate Children's Book Week! 

Waldorf West Library 
Tuesday, MAY 5, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Ages 4 to 11
. Drop in. 

Celebrate Children's Book Week with local author/ illustrator team Rod & Leanne Hannah. Rod (the author), a British New Zealander, teams with his wife Leanne (the illustrator), a native Marylander, to create the story of Hickory Hippo. Rod & Leanne will share Hickory's adventures from Hickory Hippo and the Snow Mystery. We invite children to dress as a storybook character for this event.


Sign up for a one-on-one inspection with a certified car safety seat technician on a story time date. Each appointment will last for 30 minutes and will provide a consultation session with the technician so you can learn the safest way to install both front-facing and rear facing seats in your vehicle. 
All appointments must be scheduled by CCPL staff. Appointments start at 9:30 a.m. and the last appointment is at 12:00 p.m.

Potomac Library (301-375-7375)

Tuesday, MAY 5

Waldorf West Library (301-645-1395)

Monday, MAY 11

Description: LaPlataLA PLATA LIBRARY EVENTS 301-934-9001
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD

Paws to Read 

Saturday, MAY 2, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 11Register please. Read to a furry friend who is a great listener! Improved reading skills and confidence (plus fun) are the goals. All dogs are Humane Society certified therapy dogs. Leigh, a member of our staff, will send you an email with your child's assigned time a few days before the program. 

My Mom Rocks

Monday, MAY 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 11Register please. Are you looking for a great way to show Mom how great she is this Mother's Day? Tell her you think she rocks with art project that turns ordinary river rocks into works of art!


Thursday, MAY 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ages 3 to 8. Drop in. Gather 'round Seuss fans - Join us for lots of Seuss stories and some Seuss-y good craft fun! Our guest presenters for this fantastic evening story time are from the Southern MD Reading Council, and each child who attends will receive a free book to take home and keep. 

Tie Dye Workshop

Thursday, MAY 21, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 11Register please. Go retro this summer with a tie dye creation of your own making! Learn how to tie dye and create a new look for an old t-shirt. All participants must bring a t-shirt.

Uke Jam

Friday, MAY 29, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Families. All ages. Register pleaseSpecial guest: Nicki Brasso from Island Music Company. Join us for a Ukulele Jam at the library! Bring your uke, come and strum, come to listen or just come to sing along. Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Saturday STEM Club: Castles and Catapults

Saturday, MAY 30, 9:00 a.m. Ages 6 to 11Register please. Head back to the Middle Ages with three great experiments: Build a mighty structure & test its strength! Build a catapult and see how high you can launch a ping pong ball! Make a balloon scream! Join us for an afternoon of creative fun!

Description: PotoPOTOMAC LIBRARY EVENTS 301-375-7375
3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, MD

Homeschool S.T.E.A.M. Club

Early elementary aged children, 6 to 9, are welcome to join us for fun, learning and socializing. We will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for education and entertainment. In May, we will learn about Music.

Wednesday, MAY 6, 11:00 a.m. - noon: Register please.

Thursday, MAY 7, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Register please


Around the World Geography Club 

Wednesday, MAY 13, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Ages 2 to 5. Drop in. A geography club for preschoolers! Each month we will learn about a different country, reading both non-fiction and picture books, singing songs, playing games and doing crafts. In May we'll look at Russia. 

Life-Sized Games  

Thursday, MAY 28, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Families. All ages.  Drop in. In this monthly series we play a different life-sized version of a popular board or computer game. In May we will play JENGA! 

Geocache Bash   

Saturday, MAY 30, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 
Families. All ages.  Drop in. Have you ever wondered what geocaching is and how to do it? Are you a pro at geocaching and are looking for a new challenge? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Join in the fun and learn the basics of geocaching as you hunt for hidden stashes at the Potomac Library and the adjacent Ruth B. Swann Memorial Park. We will have difficult challenges for experienced geocachers, easy tasks for children 11 and under, a family challenge and more. Attendees must bring a GPS unit that displays coordinates. 

50 Village St, Waldorf, MD

Jali-D: The Drum Talker 

Tuesday, MAY 5, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 11. Drop in. Never before have children looked at math and reading in such a hip way. This rhythmic and lyrically engaging music performance demonstrates the power of music as an educational tool, and inspires both students to view learning in an exciting new way. Jali-D raps about math, reading, science, video games, the brain, and emphasizes the value of achievement. Students have an opportunity to display their math and reading prowess in call-and-response exercises. 

10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD

Homeschool U presents Chess Club  

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 18. Learn to master the game of chess, a game over a thousand years old. Learn the fundamental basics of how to play the game, and make new friends as you compete with each other in a friendly match. 

Friday, MAY 1: Register please

Friday, MAY 15: Register please

Friday, MAY 29: Register please


Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! A Counting Story Time!

Saturday, May 2. 11:00 am - 11:45 am. Ages 0-5. This is a great story time to encourage counting with something kids love: PIZZA! Calling all little chefs: come enjoy a pizza story and then practice your counting skills as we make our own pizzas out of construction paper. 

Celebrate Children's Book Week 

Tuesday, May 5. 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Ages 4-11. Celebrate Children's Book Week with local author/ illustrator team Rod & Leanne Hannah. Rod (the author), a British New Zealander, teams with his wife Leanne (the illustrator), a native Marylander, to create the story of Hickory Hippo. Rod & Leanne will share Hickory's adventures from Hickory Hippo and the Snow Mystery. We invite children to dress up as a storybook character for this event!

Homeschool Book Club 

Wednesday, MAY 6. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages 9-11. This book club for homeschoolers encourages kids to read a well-known book, then join us to watch the movie adaptation. After the movie, we will discuss the differences between the book and film. This month's book selection will be James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. 

Writing Clubs

For Tweens (Ages 9 to 12), Tuesday, MAY 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Drop in. 

Young writers hone their writing skills through various fun activities that encourage creative thinking. Writers will have an opportunity to share their work voluntarily with the group.


Homeschool Resource Fair 

Saturday, MAY 30, 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Families. All ages.Drop in.  Families who are considering homeschooling as an alternative option to public or private schools are invited to come and speak with local homeschool groups as well as organizers of local homeschool programs. Parents are also invited to swap curricula with other homeschooling parents.