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Broadway Pioneer

Published on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago in May 1930.  She is most famous for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African-American to be performed on Broadway.  The actors in the premiere of A Raisin in the Sun included Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier and Lou Gossett Jr.

Hansberry died of cancer at 34 in 1965.  Petworth Library has mounted a display of works by and about Lorraine Hansberry, including:

Published on Monday, May 7, 2012

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Published on Monday, April 30, 2012
Asian-Pacific American
Tomorrow marks the first of May and the start of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.  

It has expanded to Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992, after then-President George H.W. Bush signed an extension and it was made into law. 

In honor of Asian-Pacific Americans, May is a great month to come to Petworth Neighborhood Library and discover some great novels. 

Published on Friday, April 20, 2012

The Pulitzer Prizes, created in 1917, are awarded annually "to honor excellence in American journalism and arts," and are widely considered to be the foremost awards for American arts, literature, and journalism.  The prizes were created by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian immigrant, who came to own the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World and believed passionately in the role of a free press in American society.  Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, who owned the San Francisco Examiner and the New York Journal, engaged in constant circulation competitions between their newspapers.

Saturday, May 5 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Published on Thursday, April 19, 2012

May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, Petworth is holding a free bike repair day in our meeting room/patio area outside.

Come on down to the library and learn how to fix your bike. Volunteers will be available to perform and teach basic bike repair and maintenance. We'll be here, rain or shine!

Discussing 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Join the Petworth Fiction Book Club to discuss our April selection: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

On April 23 at 7 p.m., we will discuss our latest selection, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010.

Cover of 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'Interested? Here is an excerpt from the publisher:

Learn About Bushido, the Way of the Samurai

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

gyotakujpgJoin us at the Petworth Library on Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. for a special presentation by the National Geographic Museum in conjunction with the museum's exhibit Samurai: Warrior Transformed. Samurai warriors followed Bushido, the way of the samurai. This philosophy encouraged warriors to follow the "twin ways," martial arts as well as peaceful or cultural arts. By mastering pursuits such as painting, calligraphy and flower arranging in addition to archery and swordsmanship, a samurai cultivated his spirit and mind, thus becoming a better warrior. 

Duct Tape Crafts for Teens

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teens!

striped clutch made out of duct tape
Join us in the teen section of the library to create something cool with duct tape.

It could be a wallet, a clutch, a phone case or something else creative.

We will provide the instructions and duct tape; you provide the fun.


"The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis

Published on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Join DC Council Member Tommy Wells for his Travelling Book Club! The featured book will be The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. The Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor award-winner tells the story of the Watson Family and their trip from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963. Their ordinary interactions and everyday routines will be drastically changed after they experience the turmoil of the Civil Rights struggle firsthand.
Join us for the discussion in the meeting room, Lower Level Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Get your copy of the book from the Petworth Library today!

Two Mongolian Nomads and their Good Guide

Published on Friday, April 6, 2012

Julie is in year six at school in Liverpool, England. She's mostly interested in getting Shocky to like her, and getting invited to her friend Mimi's house. But everything changes when Chingis and Nergui, two nomad boys from Mongolia, come to her school. They appoint Julie as their "good guide," and it becomes her duty to show them how things work in their new land. As she teaches them playground rules, British slang and how to play soccer, they teach her about yurts, horses, Xanadu and Chingis Khan. Julie finds out that Chingis and Nergui are afraid of something: they believe that Nergui is being pursued by a demon that will make him disappear, and he and Julie do all they can to keep him safe.

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