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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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. 

2012 Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes, created in 1917, are awarded annually "to honor excellence in American journalism and arts," and are widely considered to be the foremost awards for American arts, literature, and journalism.  The prizes were created by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian immigrant, who came to own the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World and believed passionately in the role of a free press in American society.  Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, who owned the San

Free Bike Repair and Workshop

Saturday, May 5 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM

May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, Petworth is holding a free bike repair day in our meeting room/patio area outside.Come on down to the library and learn how to fix your bike. Volunteers will be available to perform and teach basic bike repair and maintenance. We'll be here, rain or shine!

Petworth Fiction Book Club

Discussing 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'

Join the Petworth Fiction Book Club to discuss our April selection: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.On April 23 at 7 p.m., we will discuss our latest selection, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010.

Gyotaku Fish Printing

Learn About Bushido, the Way of the Samurai

Join us at the Petworth Library on Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. for a special presentation by the National Geographic Museum in conjunction with the museum's exhibit Samurai: Warrior Transformed. Samurai warriors followed Bushido, the way of the samurai. This philosophy encouraged warriors to follow the "twin ways," martial arts as well as peaceful or cultural arts.

Fun with Duct Tape!

Duct Tape Crafts for Teens

Teens!Join us in the teen section of the library to create something cool with duct tape.It could be a wallet, a clutch, a phone case or something else creative.We will provide the instructions and duct tape; you provide the fun.

Tommy's Travelling Book Club

"The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis

Join DC Council Member Tommy Wells for his Travelling Book Club! The featured book will be The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. The Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor award-winner tells the story of the Watson Family and their trip from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963.

"The Unforgotten Coat"

Two Mongolian Nomads and their Good Guide

Julie is in year six at school in Liverpool, England. She's mostly interested in getting Shocky to like her, and getting invited to her friend Mimi's house. But everything changes when Chingis and Nergui, two nomad boys from Mongolia, come to her school. They appoint Julie as their "good guide," and it becomes her duty to show them how things work in their new land. As she teaches them playground rules, British slang and how to play soccer, they teach her about yurts, horses, Xanadu and Chingis Khan.

Financial Literacy Workshop: Can You Afford Your Lifestyle?

April 4, 6:00 PM

Join the Petworth Neighborhood Library on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for a presentation by Linda Easely Stroman, Director, Financial Education for CAAB- Capital Area Asset Builders. The workshop will include such topics as:Setting Financial GoalsBudgetingSavingDebt ManagementUnderstanding Credit

Upcoming Meeting of the Petworth Fiction Book Club

Discuss "The Gathering" by Anne Enright on March 26

Come to the Petworth Neighborhood library on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. to chat about our March Book Club pick, The Gathering by Anne Enright. Our theme for the month of March was "Irish writers/ Ireland," and as the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, this book fits the bill. Each year the Man Booker Prize is awarded to a full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom.

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