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Three-Afternoon Workshop Teaches Literary Criticism Through Hip-Hop

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Think that Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea and H.G. Wells don’t have anything in common?  Think again.

All three writers use tools called literary devices.  When a reader understands those devices, they can recognize and recreate them. Next week, teens at the Petworth Library will learn them at a three-afternoon workshop called Words Liive.  The teen who does the best over the three-afternoon workshop will win a Samsung tablet computer.
Words Liive uses hip-hop music to help teens understand the typical structures used by fiction writers. Students will annotate [add critical or explanatory notes] to song lyrics and then apply those structures to classic literature. In addition, students will write and record their own compositions. 

Have you read them all?

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Petworth Library Children's Room has recently received a plethorea of titles from Penguin's Who Was? and What Was? historical series. This exciting series features biographies ranging from Johnny Appleseed to Steve Jobs and covers historical events ranging from Pompeii to Pearl Harbor. These detailed accounts include biographical data, timelines, illustrations and photos of archival material. Aside from being fun and easy to read, they contain a wealth of information and would be a great resource for a school project. I can't get enough of this series, and once you start reading, I know you'll also be hooked. 

Check out these titles and more that can be found in the Petworth Library Children's Room: 

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

teddybearpicnicChildren enjoyed a teddy bear picnic on the front lawn of the Petworth Library. We spread our blankets in the shade of the big magnolia tree, and snuggled in with our teddy bears and other stuffed animal friends.
We read some poems about teddy bears and decided that they are good friends that stay with us all night, to protect us if we get scared.
Everyone enjoyed the poem "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around," and singing "The Teddy Bear's Picnic."
If you'd like to have your own teddy bear picnic, look for these books and cd's:

Show off your scientific knowledge!

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Do you have a head for trivia? Do you have a head for science trivia? Our Trivia and Movie Night is the place to show off all your science knowledge. There will be all kinds of questions asked about the scientific world – from animals to planets to the human body. The questions will be of varying difficulty levels but rest assured, the more challenging ones will be multiple choice. You can compete individually or bring a friend (or the kids) to form a team but the one with the most knowledge will win a prize! 

If you need to brush up on science facts prior to trivia night, check out some of these books: 

Children's Book Week 2014

Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Children's Book Week, which takes place from May 12-16, has been celebrated every year since 1919.
That makes 2014 the 95th year!
At the Petworth Library, we asked children to wear a mustache and show us their favorite book.
Many children joined in this silly activity and had fun.
Even Ms. Bridgid and Ms. Lauren joined in!
We mustache you to come to the library and get lots of great books!

"Come back, and come often."

Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful week in New Orleans. We enjoyed walking through the city and admiring the beautiful homes.
Curious to see some of NOLA's great buildings for yourself? Try these books about New Orleans architecture: 

New Orleans Style Past and Present
New Orleans, a Pictorial History

Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

OrigamiTweens, join us for a weekly origami craft on Wednesdays in June where you’ll learn the basics of this Japanese tradition and make your own creations to take home.
What is Origami?

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lego BingoTweens, join us for a fun game of Bingo with a twist. Test your skills at identifying Lego pieces and see if you’re the lucky winner.

The fun begins Tuesday, June 3 at 4 p.m. on the second floor.

Knit and Crochet Club

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

yarnPetworth Purls is a fiber arts club for anyone who wants their knit and crochet with talk and tea.  

All are welcome to come and work on their projects-in-progress, from simple scarves to heirloom pieces. 

Purls meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  The next meeting is on June 3.  Happy stitching!

Tweens, come see what Petworth Library has planned just for you!

Published on Friday, May 2, 2014
Tweens, come see what Petworth Library has planned just for you!

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 May: