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Published on Monday, August 13, 2012

John Keegan (1934-2012) was one of the foremost military historians of the 20th century.  Born on the eve of World War II, he taught at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and worked as a reporter for the The Telegraph newspaper. 

For more information, here is a transcript of an interview with Keegan on National Public Radio and an obituary from the Washington Post.  Keegan is best known for books such as:

Published on Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer CelebrationFor some, August in Washington, D.C. can feel oppressively humid and lengthy with no major U.S. holidays to offer a break from it all. Well, cheer up, because there are plenty of unique August celebration days to observe if you seek quirky party planning ideas or random vacation day excuses.

Don’t forget to stop by the library for a unique and topical book or DVD to enjoy with your children while you're celebrating! A few suggestions and their catalog links are listed below:

Daily August Celebrations

Newly Added Spanish Language Movies

Published on Monday, July 23, 2012
DCPL tiene una colección de películas que está llena de una variedad que todo el mundo puede ver, seleccionar, ver y disfrutar. Esta colección pasa a incluir los clásicos del pasado y muchas de las últimas películas españolas que todo el mundo está hablando!

DCPL has a movie collection that is full of a variety that everyone can view, select, view and enjoy. This collection happens to include the classics of the past and many of the latest Spanish films that everyone is talking about!

Estos son sólo algunos de los títulos a los que te hacen (These are just some of the titles to make you):

Published on Monday, July 23, 2012

movie cover for After StonewallThis week the Petworth Neighborhood Library welcomes The XIX International AIDS Conference to the city with a display of related materials and a screening of the documentary After Stonewall.

Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Anti-Boredom Month posterTo celebrate Anti-Boredom Month this July, the Petworth Library created a display featuring all of the “hidden treasures” in our collection. These are the items that most people don't even know we have!

Come in and check out a book about fitness, a cooking DVD, an audiobook that will teach you a foreign language, a book about card games (and how to win!), or an instructional guide on crafting.

Here’s a taste of what we have for you:

The Most Influential American Books

Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What books have influenced your life and why?  The Library of Congress currently has an exhibit of the American books they think have been most influential in our lives.  The exhibit, Books that Shaped America, is intended to get viewers thinking and talking about books, and offers an opportunity to suggest additional influential books. 

Petworth Library has a display of some of these books, including:

(Daily activities with a free, light lunch for ages 18 and under)

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

“Music and Murals”beach umbrella
Let kid-friendly pop and world tunes inspire you as you make mural art and munch your lunch. 

“Wii Love Summer”
Get active with Wii Sports (you can also bring your own Wii games to play with others) and recharge with lunch.  

“Crafty Kids Corner”
Food is fuel for your imagination! Use only the materials that we supply for your clever creations. Receive bonus computer time and library giveaways for participating.

“Throwback Thursdays”

Published on Monday, July 2, 2012

plushpalsHave you ever imagined what fun can be had at the library after lights are out and the doors are locked? Well, expert photo documentarians Stokely the Black Bear, Kermit the Frog and friends (pictured left) are eager to share the joy of the library “afterhours” with your stuffed animal companions!

Bring a stuffed bedtime buddy with you and join us for a special Pajama Story Time on Wednesday, July 25 from 7-8 p.m. We will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement and a craft to support early literacy, fine and gross motor development and "bedtime awareness."

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.