Petworth
Neighborhood Library

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.

April 4, 6:00 PM

Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

money symbolJoin the Petworth Neighborhood Library on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for a presentation by Linda Easely Stroman, Director, Financial Education for CAAB- Capital Area Asset Builders. 

The workshop will include such topics as:
Setting Financial Goals
Budgeting
Saving
Debt Management
Understanding Credit


The presentation will take place in the lower level Meeting Room and refreshments will be provided by the Georgia Avenue Business Association. Thanks to Friends of the Petworth Library and the Xi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for sponsoring this event during financial literacy month! 

Discuss "The Gathering" by Anne Enright on March 26

Published on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Come to the Petworth Neighborhood library on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. to chat about our March Book Club pick, The Gathering by Anne Enright. Our theme for the month of March was "Irish writers/ Ireland," and as the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, this book fits the bill. Each year the Man Booker Prize is awarded to a full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom.

bookcover of The Gathering by Anne EnrightThe following is a description of the book from the publisher:

Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in March 1914.  After three years at Tuskegee Institute, Ellison moved to New York City in the hopes of earning enough money to finish college.  Instead, he got involved with other members of the Harlem Renaissance, who encouraged him to continue with his writing.  In celebration of Ellison's work and March birthday, Petworth Library has put up a display, including:


Three Days Before the Shooting








Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Parents and children came to the library to celebrate the joy of reading.
We all had so much fun enjoying stories, songs and rhymes.
Some parents brought favorite books from home, and others picked out books at the library.
The books that they chose at the library were:
The Way Back Home, Sopa de Calabazaand Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late.

Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

We had so much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday!

Our friends came to the library to hear The Cat in the Hat. We made Cat in the Hat hats, sang "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss, 
and enjoyed birthday cake.

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Join the fun on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Teddy Bear in pajamas and bunny slippersPajama story time at the Petworth Library is a fun weekly event for children ages birth through 6 years and their families or caregivers. Throw on your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed friend (and parent) and head to the library for bedtime stories, songs and rhymes.

PJs and stuffed animals optional.
We meet in the children's story time room on the 2nd floor.

An Early Literacy Program for Parents, Caregivers and Children

Published on Monday, February 13, 2012

What is S.T.A.R.?
S.T.A.R.-- Sing, Talk and Read -- assists parents and caregivers to learn how to help your very young child get ready to read.
Free books and light refreshments will be provided.

Who can participate in S.T.A.R.?
Parents, caregivers and anyone interested in helping children from birth to 5 years old get ready to learn to read.

Where is S.T.A.R. taking place?
At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20011 in the Children's Programming Room-2nd Floor.

When is S.T.A.R. taking place?
Wednesdays, February 22, 29 and March 7, 2012, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Published on Saturday, February 11, 2012

Langston Hughes was born in the Midwest. He spent a year at Columbia University and then worked on tramp steamships in Africa and Europe. After finishing college at Lincoln University, he traveled to Cuba, Haiti and Russia. A participant in the Harlem Renaissance, he was good friends with Countee Cullen and Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1920s, Hughes worked for Carter Woodson in Washington, D.C.  In celebration of Black History Month and Hughes' February birthday, Petworth Library has a display of books about Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, including:

Big Sea: An Autobiography

A Unique Opportunity with the Phillips Collection

Published on Saturday, January 28, 2012


great migration pic
The Phillips Collection will host a program where children hone their visual literacy skills, learn about Jacob Lawrence's artistic process and the history of the Great Migration. Join us Saturday, February 11, at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the lower level.

Ages 8-12. Groups, please call 202-243-1188 to register.

Read about Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration:

Jacob Lawrence: American Scenes/American Struggles

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