Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! Children and their grownups, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Please call 202-243-1188 to schedule a story time for school, preschool and day care groups.
To our beloved busy Adult Petworthians:
Petworth's Mature and Motivated encourages you to slow down, take a break and soak up the peaceful ambiance as you join us in our 2nd floor program room the second Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. for a relaxing period of stress-less, anxiety-free coloring!Treat. Your. Self: set aside 90 minutes once a month for coloring and music that will soothe your soul...
An evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. These 30-40 minute evening programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination these programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.
May 12 is National Kite Day! Do you have yours ready? If not, join us for a simple craft where you can make your own kite. We'll read some stories and then go outside to fly our new creation. For ages 7 and up (unless assisted by a parent). All supplies will be provided.
Story time fun for the entire family, these 30-40 minutes story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Children and their grownups are encouraged to actively engage and participate with the stories and activities during the program.
Yoga at Your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist.
No experience is required, and the class is free.
You can bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one yoga mats are available for use during the class.
As a prelude to Summer Reading, join us for Petworth’s annual Library-Con! This year’s theme emphasizes going for the gold by reading. This event is a multi-generational program that will provide information and expose the world of anime/manga, comics, Star Wars, and more.Date: Saturday, May the 14th 2016Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
For All Ages
Come out and connect with the community through culturally based activities such as:
a zine workshop
We will be holding a contest to see who can make a paper airplane fly the longest! We might even fly the planes outside if the weather is cooperative.
All supplies will be provided. For ages 5 and up. This program is part of a special three-week collaboration with the Mount Pleasant Library.
A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussion
November is National Adoption Month! Below I've listed several age-appropriate books that tackle the sometimes tough topic of adoption in interesting ways. Try setting aside 25 minutes with your children to read and have ongoing discussions of these and other topical books. As always, feel free to click the book titles of choice in order to place a hold on each one. You will receive an email when your requested books are available at the library for pick up!
More than one thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the 8th annual International Games Day @ Your Library, an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning. On Saturday, November 21, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m., children are invited to Petworth Library to play a variety of games from around the world at the library. Active group games, multi-player table top games and online games will be available for adult-supervised children ages 3 - 9.
A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussions.
First introduced two years ago by Ms. Tammeric, "Tough Topics" is a monthly series of carefully curated materials covering a specific difficult theme in order to prompt and facilitate important family discussions. All 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.
A day to decorate your personalized pumpkin at Petworth!
Following our Family Story Time on Saturday, October 24 and beginning at 11:15 am, every child may bring a small-to-medium sized pumpkin to the library for a fun time of decorating. No carving tools will be used, just art supplies, knick-knacks and inspiring visual aids to help creativity run wild as children personalize their pumpkins! This program is appropriate for ages four and up.
Creating Comic Strips with Fankids from Around the Globe
Petworth fankids had a great time discussing comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels on National Comic Book Day (celebrated September 25th annually)!
A custom-designed template guided the children in the creation of their own colorful, four-panel superhero comic strips. Afterwards, these anxious authors were excited to receive free comic books courtesy of "nice guy" Nick at Big Planet Comics, along with Chipotle meal coupons, DCPL tattoos, and congratulatory stickers.
Calling all fantasy fankids ages 5 - 9, join us on Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m. The stories, basic crafts and activity pages will feature mythical creatures--some beautiful, some bizarre...
A curated selection of age-appropriate books will also be available for checkout.
Especially for young fans of comic books and comic strips!
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. for a fun program in honor of National Comic Book Day (Sept. 25). We will be reading Easy Reader "comic books," picture books written in the style of comic books and creating our own comic strips! This is a fun storytelling, reading, writing and drawing program for children ages 6 - 9.
Celebrate National Play Dough Day on September 16!
September 16 is National Play Dough Day! Join us on Monday, Sept. 14 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 2.5 - 4 years old will LOVE squishing, kneading and creating new things with dough. Ms. Tea will follow a simple non-toxic recipe that requires no cooking, and provide other resources and household items as dough modeling tools to prompt creative thinking/exploration.