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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:

Published on Monday, May 7, 2012


Published on Monday, April 30, 2012
Asian-Pacific American
Tomorrow marks the first of May and the start of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.  

It has expanded to Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992, after then-President George H.W. Bush signed an extension and it was made into law. 

In honor of Asian-Pacific Americans, May is a great month to come to Petworth Neighborhood Library and discover some great novels.