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Published on Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Maybe you've heard that some children's books like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or Huckleberry Finn have been threatened with removal from public collections, but other texts may surprise you. For instance, it may shock you to know that classic texts like Where the Wild Things Are or Little House on the Prairie have been challenged as well.

In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27), the children's room created a new engaging display; it features children's literature that has been threatened in the past or works that continue to be challenged today. Pick up a book or learn more about Banned Book week through our handy program. Our flyer discusses pertinent topics such as the following:

  • What is the year's theme for Banned Book month?
  • What is the difference between a banned and a challenged book?
  • Are there other children's book that have been threatened in past years and if so what are they?
  • Plus additional resources and interesting information!

Banned Book Week celebrates your right to read in freedom so stop by so that you can discover the joy of each of these unique authors and their amazing works. It's a privilege that should not be wasted!              

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Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

hhmposterDuring Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Dίa de la Raza is Oct. 12.

As part of Petworth Library's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for these special programs:

Esther won the Kindle Fire!

Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

estherEsther read all summer long. She earned a Chipotle coupon, a voucher for two tickets to see the Washington Nationals play, and a book.

When Esther finished eight hours of reading, she turned in her reading sheet as an entry form to win the coveted Kindle Fire.

Finn and Sage won the book basket

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014


Come check out our display in the Children's Room!

Published on Friday, September 12, 2014

September is National Manners Month and the Petworth Library Children's Room has a great assortment of books on display. In this fast-paced world we live in, it's easy to forget to mind our p's and q's and always say please and thank you.

What better way to learn about manners or refresh your memory about some you've forgotten than by curling up with a good children's book?

We have these books and more available for checkout:

Published on Friday, September 12, 2014

The weather has been so hot and muggy lately; who doesn't wish for cooler temperatures?

Enjoying a cup of apple cider, watching the leaves turn, or going pumpkin hunting are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed in autumn. But until fall truly arrives, why not come to the library and enjoy some autumn related books? The children's floor has on display a wonderful assortment of fall-themed books for you to peruse and take home. Just look for our friendly owl to direct your attention!

But if you need a bit of autumn right now, why not look at these titles - you're sure to find them delightful:

A Presentation by Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

rainie imagebook coverJoin the District of Columbia Library Association on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Petworth's Meeting Room as they host Lee Rainie, Director of Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, for a presentation on the following topic: "Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn't? A Special Typology."

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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We had an Egg-cellent Time!

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014


Petworth kids filled empty boxes with cotton balls, cereal, plastic bags, newspaper, and hoped that it would protect their raw eggs from cracking.
This was a STEM science program that fit our Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading theme.

Published on Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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We're so excited to see all the children who have completed summer reading. Look how many children have finished! But we still have plenty of room for lots more names! If you haven't signed up for summer reading or haven't had a chance to complete it yet, then now is the time to start. Stop by for a chat with one our friendly librarians - we can help you find some great books or you can discover one on your own.
In the meantime why try one of our hot summer reading titles:

Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Summer is still going strong, but if you're seeking a little excitement then look no further: the Petworth Library Children's Room has some fantastic books for you to peruse and have fun with.  Why not check out a couple of books? You can make something cool and explore your world at the same time. What's better than that?   
We particularly like: