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Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), a native of Nigeria, was one of the first prominent postcolonial African authors.  His first novel, Things Fall Apart, came out in 1958, and is now read in schools around the world.  Achebe won the Man Booker Prize in 2007.  Petworth Library has a display of books by and about Achebe, including:

Oblivion Watch-A-Likes

Published on Friday, April 19, 2013

Movie poster for OblivionNeed a break from your schoolwork? Come by the library and check out one of our book displays in the teen section!

Currently on display in the teen section are YA humor books for National Humor Month, YA poetry books for National Poetry Month, new YA books, books that have been turned into movies, and watch-a-likes for the new Tom Cruise movie Oblivion

Oblivion hits theaters this Friday, April 19. Oblivion is a futuristic movie based off of the graphic novel of the same name by Joseph Kosinski. 

Grow It, Cook It, Eat It!

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

kidsgardeningVeggies taste so much better when you've grown them yourself! Get your hands in the dirt and plant some seeds or seedlings! Kids and adults alike can enjoy growing vegetables, fruits and flowers, whether you have an acre, a plot, or just a window box.

It's fun to watch your plants grow bigger, and so satisfying to be able to eat them and cook with them.

Check out these books and find out how it's done. Some books include recipes that you can try.

Two Jazz-Themed Pajama Story Time Sessions

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

potdrumjazzLet’s celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

Jump into your jammies, grab a rhythm instrument and join us for some recorded jazzy jams, swinging stories, dandy dances, plus a take-home craft.

We're offering two special Pajama Story Times at 7 p.m. in the children's programming room on the second floor, for children ages 3 to 7 years:

  • Wednesday, April 17
  • Wednesday, April 24

Groups, please call 202-243-1188 to register.

Programas de Adolescentes para Abril

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Young Playwrights Theater logoYoung Playwrights’ Theater
Tuesday, April 2 to Thursday, April 4 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room.
Tuesday, April 9 to Thursday, April 11 at 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Teens, you have the opportunity to be a part of a theater company here at the Petworth Library. The six-day workshop series will prepare you for the collaborative creation of a play that confronts issues in the playwrights’ cultural history and community.

Teatro de Jóvenes Dramaturgos'
Martes 2 de abril- jueves 4 de abril @ 3 p.m. en la Sala de Reuniones.
Martes 9 de abril - jueves 11 de abril @ 4 p.m. en la Sala de Reuniones.

Published on Monday, March 25, 2013

seedsOn Wednesday, March 20, the Petworth Library Children's Room welcomed spring.

We learned what seeds need to grow, we read some poems and books about seeds and plants, and then we planted seeds! Each child was able to plant one flower (daisy, sunflower, morning glory) and one vegetable (green bean, spinach, carrot).

After we planted seeds, children enjoyed dirt cake. Don't worry -- it's not really dirt! It's chocolate pudding, chocolate cookies and gummi worms.

Stay tuned here for the next fun children's program!

Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month.  Eathing a healthy and balanced diet can be challenging. 

For more information, consult the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Petworth Library has a display of books about nutrition and healthy eating, including:

A new Petworth's Mature and Motivated event

Published on Monday, March 18, 2013

senior friendsJoin us as we kick-start our new programming, "Petworth's Mature & Motivated," specifically targeted to adults who are fabulous at 50+ years of age!

Our first event, the "Get To Know Your Neighborhood Fair," takes place in the Petworth Library meeting room on Tuesday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Come learn about various local senior advocacy and outreach organizations that offer programs specifically for YOU at low or no cost! Share your suggestions on upcoming library programs designed for our savvy "seasoned" patrons. 

Our featured organizations will be:

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Here's what Petworth Library patrons have been reading.