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!
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in March 1914. After three years at Tuskegee Institute, Ellison moved to New York City in the hopes of earning enough money to finish college. Instead, he got involved with other members of the Harlem Renaissance, who encouraged him to continue with his writing. In celebration of Ellison's work and March birthday, Petworth Library has put up a display, including:
Parents and children came to the library to celebrate the joy of reading.We all had so much fun enjoying stories, songs and rhymes.Some parents brought favorite books from home, and others picked out books at the library.The books that they chose at the library were: