Petworth
Neighborhood Library

Keeping Things Civil

Historical Tales of Adventure for Kids

The Civil War determined what kind of nation America would be by answering two major, unresolved issues:

Petworth Library Book Sale

The Petworth Library cordially invites you to the Winter Wonderland Book Sale sponsored by the Friends at the Petworth Library on Dec. 15 in the lower level Meeting Room. Join in the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when you'll find terrific bargains, great books for the whole family, and even a special children's section.

The Invention of Basketball

The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Mass. in December 1891. The first baskets had bottoms, and so, after every basket, the ball had to be retrieved with a ladder.Naismith later went on to coach basketball at the University of Kansas; Senda Berenson Abbott introduced basketball to women at Smith College in 1892. Petworth Library currently has a display of books about basketball, including:

November is National Adoption Month

Would you like more information on adopting a child, or raising an adopted child?Do you want to know what it's like to be adopted?We have lots of great books that depict forever families, and how they came together:

Petworth Kids' Book Club

It's never too late to join the Petworth Kids' Book Club...

Every Four Years

Presidential Elections

In the next week, we will hear a lot about the two Presidential candidates.  Four years ago, Barack Obama became the first African-American president.  If Mitt Romney wins the election, he would be the first Mormon president. Between the unsettled areas of the Middle East and southeast Asia, and economic uncertainty in the United States and Europe, the entire world is watching the outcome of the election. Petworth Library has a book display about the two main candidates, the history of U.S. elections, and political activism, including:

Halloween at Petworth Library

Wow, we had so much fun at our Halloween Party!We listened to The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, danced the "Monster Mash," and had a parade and trick-or-treating.If you missed it, make sure you come next year!

Presidential Election 2012

Kids Can Read About Elections and the Presidency and Vote for President

Hey kids! Have you ever wondered how the presidential election works? Do you want to learn more about what the president does? Would you like to vote for the next president?

Presenting..."A Book That Shaped Me" Essay Contest

Petworth Library's Winner: Olivia Renne!

Congratulations to Olivia Renne, Petworth Library’s winner of “The Book that Shaped Me” Essay contest! Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and DCPL, our writing contest required rising fifth- and sixth-grade students to craft a 500-word essay on a book that made an indelible impression on them.

National Book Festival 2012

The National Book Festival is sponsored each year by the Library of Congress, and was the brainchild of First Lady Laura Bush. 

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