“Music and Murals”
Let kid-friendly pop and world tunes inspire you as you make mural art and munch your lunch.
“Wii Love Summer”
Get active with Wii Sports (you can also bring your own Wii games to play with others) and recharge with lunch.
“Crafty Kids Corner”
Food is fuel for your imagination! Use only the materials that we supply for your clever creations. Receive bonus computer time and library giveaways for participating.
(Daily activities with a free, light lunch for ages 18 and under)
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Published on Monday, July 2, 2012
Have you ever imagined what fun can be had at the library after lights are out and the doors are locked? Well, expert photo documentarians Stokely the Black Bear, Kermit the Frog and friends (pictured left) are eager to share the joy of the library “afterhours” with your stuffed animal companions!
Bring a stuffed bedtime buddy with you and join us for a special Pajama Story Time on Wednesday, July 25 from 7-8 p.m. We will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement and a craft to support early literacy, fine and gross motor development and "bedtime awareness."
Published on Monday, July 2, 2012
We had so much fun at Science in the Summer's first session!
Children made crystals, learned about acids and bases, solids, liquids and gases, and the periodic table. Our teacher even froze a banana with dry ice and used it to hammer a nail into a board!
Use Books to Initiate, Illustrate and Inform your Discussions
Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
All children deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and care-free as they live and learn.
However, as life would have it, issues and challenges inevitably come our way and despite our best protective efforts, children are not immune to experiencing them as well. Sometimes it may seem difficult to broach these subjects with young children and inform them in positive, honest and realistic manner. But good fiction and non-fiction books, when read with your children, can help you and your child grapple with tough topics such as adoption, autism, bullying, death and divorce.
Rest assured that the Petworth Children’s library staff is ready to assist you in choosing appropriate titles for the situation at hand. Below are some works that tackle some of life’s tough topics, listed with their authors and suggested grade reading levels.
You are welcome to select the title links of your choice in order to place the books on hold at your neighborhood library branch.
Published on Friday, June 15, 2012
Born in June, 1858, Charles Chesnutt was the first African-American to publish a novel. In addition to his writing, Chesnutt owned a successful court stenography business and passed the Ohio bar exam. He was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1928 "for distinguished literary service to African-Americans." In addition to his literary career, Chesnutt served on the founding General Committee of the NAACP. Petworth Library has a display of books by and about Charles Chesnutt, including:
Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012
We had so much fun at our parachute party Summer Reading Kick-off! People walking by saw us having fun, and came to join in.
All the children signed up for summer reading, we played parachute games and enjoyed snacks.
Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Congratulations to our very first summer reading challenge winner, 7-year-old Bethle Ayele! Amazingly, this dedicated student sat and read at the library to complete the three-hour challenge in one day---on June 2nd! We took a moment to gather some special facts about our eager reader…
What school do you attend?
Bethle: I go to International Christian Day School.
What grade are you transitioning to?
Bethle: I will start in second grade.
What is your favorite school subject?
Published on Monday, June 4, 2012
Due to a scheduling conflict, there will NOT be a Petworth Library yoga class on Saturday, June 9.
Published on Friday, June 1, 2012
Katherine Applegate has penned my new favorite contemporary children's book!
Poignant, intelligent, funny, thought-provoking, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is inspired by the story of a real captive gorilla that lived as a caged performer at a shopping mall for 27 years. Noble artist Ivan's first-gorilla narrative is told with wry wit and spare, well-chosen, thoughtful text because "[h]umans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot."
Apparently silverback gorillas do not.
Story Time and Mini Dance Workshop for All Ages
Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Step Afrika! Reads promotes reading and literacy skills with a special story time, then invites kids to get up on their feet to participate in a mini workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!'s newest production, nxt/step at several of our library locations.