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Ellis Island

Gateway to America

On Jan. 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened as an immigration station in New York harbor. Approximately 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. In 1965, Ellis Island, together with the Statue of Liberty, became part of the National Park System. Petworth Library has a display of books about Ellis Island, including:

What Are You Reading?

A second patron has said that they couldn't put down Off the Grid by P.J. Tracy. So far, this is the only book that has been rated twice.Keep reading and telling us what you think.

Petworth Library Kids' Inaugural Ball

A Fancy, Fun, Family Affair!

Come one, come all and hail to the chief! Dress to impress and join us on Jan. 16th at 6 p.m. in our lower level meeting room for family photos, music, snacks, inauguration-themed readings, trivia, word puzzles and crafts. Especially appropriate for families with children aged 4 and older. Special recognition will be given to trivia champs and those with the most patriotic outfits!

Keep Telling Us What You Think

One person's 5-second review of Bloodlines by Dick and Felix Francis: "Fun if you like horses and racing." They rated it "OK."Keep reading and tell us what you think.

What Did You Think?

A Petworth patron couldn't put Life of Objects by Susanne Moore down.Remember to check the back flap and tell everyone what you thought.

Keeping Things Civil

Historical Tales of Adventure for Kids

The Civil War determined what kind of nation America would be by answering two major, unresolved issues:

Petworth Library Book Sale

The Petworth Library cordially invites you to the Winter Wonderland Book Sale sponsored by the Friends at the Petworth Library on Dec. 15 in the lower level Meeting Room. Join in the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when you'll find terrific bargains, great books for the whole family, and even a special children's section.

The Invention of Basketball

The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Mass. in December 1891. The first baskets had bottoms, and so, after every basket, the ball had to be retrieved with a ladder.Naismith later went on to coach basketball at the University of Kansas; Senda Berenson Abbott introduced basketball to women at Smith College in 1892. Petworth Library currently has a display of books about basketball, including:

November is National Adoption Month

Would you like more information on adopting a child, or raising an adopted child?Do you want to know what it's like to be adopted?We have lots of great books that depict forever families, and how they came together:

Petworth Kids' Book Club

It's never too late to join the Petworth Kids' Book Club...