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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

An Oral History Collaboration with WAMU 88.5

Published on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Door to Door Flyer

Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Petworth Library's Children's Room

Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chinese DragonAccording to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the year of the dragon.

Children of all ages, please join us at the Petworth Neighborhood Library on Monday, January 23, at 4 p.m. to celebrate the Chinese New Year! We will learn about Chinese New Year traditions and make dragon puppets. Each child will receive special Chinese treats!

While all ages are welcome, young children will need assistance with the craft. We will meet in the children's programming room on the second floor of the library.

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

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