Would you like to improve your English conversation skills? Enjoy conversation and fun activities? Get to know people from all over the world? Learn more about the library and its services?
Petworth Library has an English conversation group that meets twice a month on Thursdays. It's an opportunity for adults and older teens with ESL needs to come together in an informal environment to practice and improve conversational English skills. The group aims to bring together people from all over the world so it's a chance to practice with others who have similar needs but come from different backgrounds, cultures, and native languages. In other words, it's a great way to make friends!
The conversation can be on a wide range of topics so if you have something in particular you want to talk about or learn more about, please share your ideas!
The group is led by a librarian with previous volunteer experience as a conversation group facilitator. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. If you have questions, please email Alexis or give us a call at 202-243-1188.
Published on Friday, April 18, 2014
Tweens, join us Friday, May 9 at 4 p.m. for a fun paper flower craft in honor of Mother's Day. Come make something special for the lovely ladies in your life!
Japan's Gift to America
Published on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Thousands of people visit Washington, DC each year to see the beautiful cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin. Do you know how the cherry trees got here?
If you'd like to know this fascinating story, you need to read the book Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift to America.
Published on Monday, April 14, 2014
Are you fabulous at 50+? Are you looking for a way to get out, meet new people, get some exercise and fresh air, and explore the Petworth neighborhood? The Petworth Pacers, our walking fitness program for seniors, began last summer and fall to foster fitness and friendship. We’re getting the Pacers group up and running, err, walking again on May 4, just in time for Older Americans Month.
Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Have you ever heard the expression, "Those children must have been raised by wolves!" to refer to children that are exceptionally naughty?
Well, Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia Incorrigible were!
Their young nanny, Miss Penelope Lumley, had taught them the Greek classics, stopped them from chasing squirrels and given them lots of love and affection. Now they only howl at the full moon, and chase chickens once in a while.
Published on Monday, April 7, 2014
May is Older Americans Month. Since 1963, our nation has designated this month as a time to celebrate the many contributions of older Americans and to focus attention on staying healthy and active.
From 1963 until 1973, May was referred to as Senior Citizens Month. In May 1974, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month.
Each year, the Administration for Community Living, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, selects a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on injury prevention.
Tweens, come see what Petworth Library has planned just for you!
Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
We are happy to feature programming for children of all ages, including tweens.
Who are tweens, might you ask?
Well, they have outgrown story time for little ones but are not quite old enough to be in the teen space. So, if you happen to be an older elementary student/early middle schooler who is somewhere between the ages of say 9-12, tween programming is for you!
Here's what we have lined up for tweens in April:
Published on Saturday, March 29, 2014
Jobseekers’ Drop-in Clinic
Every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
One-on-one help for jobseekers including help job searching, formatting resumes, and more.
AARP Tax Assistance
Every Monday, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., and every Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tax assistance free to taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those 60 and older. The last date will be Monday, April 14.
Family Story Time
Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Story time event for all ages.
Every Saturday at 11 a.m.
Published on Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, April 2 at 4 p.m.
Ever dream of becoming a sculptor? Here’s your chance! Learn this legendary sculpting technique that utilizes readily available materials such as packing tape and is an excellent way to create life‐size molds of objects or human forms. The final result is hollow, light‐weight, transparent and easily installed.
Escultura de Cinta
miércoles, 02 de abril at 4 p.m.
Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014
From March 12-15, in Indianapolis, Ind., librarians from the DC Public Library joined thousands of like-minded librarians from all over the United States and Canada.
We met to learn from each other, to inspire each other, and to brainstorm with each other the best ways to serve our public library patrons.
It was a wonderful opportunity to get fresh ideas, and to come back to our libraries motivated and excited to make them the best they can be.
One of the highlights of the conference was listening to closing speaker, author David Sedaris. He regaled the audience with hilarious, poignant and very moving personal stories and observations of the world around him.
Play more games!
Published on Saturday, March 22, 2014
I love games of all kinds - board games, card games, strategy games and more. But I don't often get a chance to play them, partly due to lack of time but also due to lack of opponents!
I also love learning new games but sometimes it seems like my friends know the same games I do. If you're like me -- looking for more types of games and more opportunities to play them -- you should visit Petworth Library on April 5 between 1-4 p.m. for TableTop Day.