Neighborhood Library

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.

There and Back Again with Hobbits and Wizards

Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

J. R. R. Tolkien was born in January, 1892.  He and C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, were friends, members of the Inklings literary group, and colleagues at Oxford University.  Tolkien, a professor of English, was very interested in mythology and philology (the study of written languages).  Petworth Neighborhood Library has mounted a display of books by and about Tolkien, including: 

Yoga @ Your Library Becomes a Weekly Class in 2012!

Published on Thursday, December 29, 2011

This Saturday's yoga class (December 31, 2011) has been canceled. However, starting in January 2012, the yoga class will meet every week instead of just twice a month! Join us Saturdays at 11 a.m. for Yoga @ Your Library. This is a beginner level class, no experience necessary, free of charge, no need to register.

Yoga mats are available for use during the class. 

Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Decorating CookiesOn Thursday, December 22, we had over 50 children at our Gingerbread Party. We read The Gingerbread Man, and children decorated gingerbread cookies with icing and candy.
Some children couldn't wait to get home to eat their cookies!
It was a wonderful way for us to spend time with our neighbors, and we look forward to doing it again next year.


Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

There will be no English Conversation Circle for English Language Learners on Thursday, December 22. After this holiday hiatus, English Conversation Circles will return on Tuesday, December 27, and continue every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Please join us to practice your conversation skills!