Neighborhood Library

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!

Published on Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jane Austen was born in December 1775.  Austen's work fell into obscurity after her death in 1817, but renewed interest in Austen's novels began to develop in the 20th century.  This interest intensified after Colin Firth played Mr. Darcy in a 1995 BBC serialization of Pride and Prejudice

Austen's work has inspired numerous authors.  Petworth Library has a display of Austen's work and some of the authors inspired by her, including:

Published on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Looking for new cookie recipes?  Need some ideas for a cookie swap?  Want to channel Martha Stewart or Julia Child? 

The "Food" section of the December 7, 2011, Washington Post lists 25 cookie recipes. 

For more ideas, see the display at Petworth Library, which includes the books below (among others):

Published on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Wonderland Book SaleThe Petworth Neighborhood Library is having a Winter Wonderland Book Sale on Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Warm your hands, connect with neighbors and support the Petworth Library!

Hot cocoa, milk and cookies, live music, fun kid activities, story time and more! This is a book sale to benefit the Friends of the Petworth Library. Donations are accepted by library staff during regular library hours.

This event is sponsored by Yes! Organic Market, Petworth Carryout and Qualia Coffee. Image/poster designed by Creativecouch Designs.

Published on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Petworth Neighborhood Library is pleased to present the following computer classes in December:

Wednesday, December 7
PC Basics (for those who are unfamiliar with a computer)

Wednesday, December 14
Word Basics (for those who are comfortable using a computer and want to learn to format documents)

Wednesday, December 28
Internet/E-mail Basics (for those who are comfortable using a computer and want to learn more about using the Internet, create an email account or get more comfortable using e-mail)

All classes begin at 7 p.m..  Please stop by the library, or call 202-243-1188 to sign up, as classes are limited to 10 students.

Learn About the Culture with Books from the Petworth Library

Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Come visit the children's room at the Petworth Library to get books about Native Americans past and present, myths and legends, art and culture, food and crafts, picture books and chapter books:

wilmamankillerbookWilma Mankiller, Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985-1995

Join Us Thursday, November 10, to Play Wii and Board Games

Published on Monday, October 31, 2011

The American Library Association has designated November 12, as the fourth annual National Gaming Day. To learn more about National Gaming Day, visit the ALA website.

We will be celebrating two days in advance, on November 10, by playing Nintendo Wii and an assortment of other games, including Monopoly, Scrabble and Checkers! 

Thursday, November 10
4 p.m.
Ages 8 to 12
Groups: please call to register: 202-243-1188.

More Than 115 Attended, with Many in Costume

Published on Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween PumpkinsAt Friday afternoon's Halloween Party, neighborhood children and their families/caregivers gathered in the library's Meeting Room (decorated for the occasion with spiderwebs, pumpkins and bats) for Halloween rhymes and a spooky story, and then we all paraded through the library to show off our costumes and get treats from each of the librarian's desks! After that, we had a snack, and each child decorated a pumpkin to take home.

Published on Monday, October 17, 2011

Have you read The Other Wes Moore?  Are you a fan of The Wire or Ace of Cakes?  Are you a not-so-secret supporter of the Ravens and the Orioles?  Discover some books set in Baltimore at Petworth Library.  Among them are:

Baltimore Chronicles

Baltimore Chronicles