Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, February 7, 2011

The Petworth Interim Library is now closed.

The newly renovated Petworth Neighborhood Library will open on February 28, 2011. Customers may pick up their holds at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library on the corner of the 7th St and Rhode Island Ave NW beginning Monday afternoon, February 7.

Returns may be made to any District of Columbia Public Library. Visit the library online at

Thank you for your patience.

Published on Friday, January 21, 2011

Celebrate Chinese and Vietnamese New Year with us on Thursday, February 3rd at 4pm. We will watch a dragon dance, find our Chinese Zodiac animal, and make a dragon puppet. All ages are welcome.

Published on Monday, January 3, 2011

Petworth drawingAre you a long-term resident of Petworth? Or do you know someone who is? We are recruiting volunteers who can share their memories and experiences of living in Petworth and visiting the Petworth Neighborhood Library. We are compiling oral histories to share with the community at our grand reopening festivities in late February or early March 2011.

Contact us to schedule an interview with a member of our staff. Staff can transcribe your fond memories for future publication on our web page. We hope some of you will be willing to serve on a panel of speakers during our grand opening. No writing is required, just a willingness to speak about what you remember with a respectful audience.

Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Paper Bag Princess

Did you ever wonder what happened after "happily ever after" or after the dish ran away with the spoon? What if Cinderella were a cowboy on a ranch, instead of a young woman, or if the princess saved the prince from the dragon? We have these "fractured fairy tales" that are told with a twist, at the library. Come check some out, and hear the Big Bad Wolf's side of the story!;

Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hey kids and parents! Do you need something to read over the winter break? DC Public Library has great links to help you find super books! You can explore BookFlix which pairs picture books and nonfiction books that have similar themes. Children can read the books, and listen to them as well! Click here to try it. Another great resource is Novelist K-8. You can look up books for ages 0-8, 9-12, and teens. You can search for books based on genre, author, title and series.

Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Okay, let's get this out of the way first. I'm on Team Jacob!wolf and full moon

Maybe you aren't a fan of the Twilight series; maybe Edward floats your boat; or maybe mating for life and full moons aren't your things. I understand. But if you haven't heard, werewolves are the new black! At least for now, they are.

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The interim library will close at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5. 
Customers can pick up holds at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library and library
materials may be returned to any DC Public Library. 

The NEW Petworth Library will open Monday, February 28 at 4200 Kansas
Avenue, N.W.  Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening Party on
Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The parking lot will be temporarily closed for six weeks after the
library opens to remove the interim building and to resurface
the parking lot.

Published on Monday, December 6, 2010

Come to the Petworth Library to make a marshmallow snowman! We will read snowman stories, then make an edible snowman that children can take home. This activity will take place Monday,December 13th at 4:00 pm. All ages are welcome, but younger children may need an adult's help.

Published on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Author Dinaw Mengestu will read from his latest novel How to Read the Air on Saturday, December 4, at 1:00 PM at the National Museum of African Art.

Published on Thursday, November 18, 2010

Picture of a turkeyPlease join us at the Petworth Interim Library on Monday, November 22, at 4 p.m. for a turkey program.

We will read some Thanksgiving stories and then we will decorate turkeys -- of the paper variety -- to take home.

Ages 2-12 are welcome.