Neighborhood Library

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

tuff topixAll 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

bethle ayeleCongratulations 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

ivanKatherine 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

Photo of Step Afrika! PerformanceStep 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.

Farewell Robin Imperial, Welcome LeoNard Thompson

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

mrthompson After working as branch manager of the Petworth Neighborhood Library since 2008, Robin Imperial is now managing the Mount Pleasant Library. We wish her much luck and happiness in her new position.

We are happy to welcome Mr. LeoNard Thompson as our branch manager. Here's a short bio on Mr. Thompson:

Ohio native LeoNard Thompson was raised in greater Cleveland. He began his career in librarianship with the Shaker Heights Public Library in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and has since managed public libraries throughout Hampton Roads, including Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia.

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: