These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to two years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their grownups are encouraged engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.
These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to two years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! Children and their grownups, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Please call 202-243-1188 to schedule a story time for preschool, school, or day care groups.
The Petworth Anime Club gives teens a place to gather, watch and talk about Japanese animation. Films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles and include classics as well as new releases. Come check out the latest anime shows and anime/manga magazines or come and share your own fan fiction (writing) and fan art (drawing).
An evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. These 30-40 minute evening programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination these programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.
Petworth's Mature and Motivated invites you to come to the library the third Friday of every month as we watch a classic or retrospective film from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and even early 2000s that received critical and popular acclaim!
*Special Note: DC Public Library will be closed for Emancipation Day on April 15th. We will instead show our film on the fourth Friday, April 22nd, at 10:30 am. Bring a friend and join us in the Lower Level Meeting Room. You are welcome to bring a small snack to enjoy during the film.
What books have influenced your life and why? The Library of Congress currently has an exhibit of the American books they think have been most influential in our lives. The exhibit, Books that Shaped America, is intended to get viewers thinking and talking about books, and offers an opportunity to suggest additional influential books. Petworth Library has a display of some of these books, including:
(Daily activities with a free, light lunch for ages 18 and under)
Mondays“Music and Murals”Let kid-friendly pop and world tunes inspire you as you make mural art and munch your lunch. Tuesdays“Wii Love Summer”Get active with Wii Sports (you can also bring your own Wii games to play with others) and recharge with lunch. Wednesdays“Crafty Kids Corner”
Have you ever imagined what fun can be had at the library after lights are out and the doors are locked? Well, expert photo documentarians Stokely the Black Bear, Kermit the Frog and friends (pictured left) are eager to share the joy of the library “afterhours” with your stuffed animal companions!
Use Books to Initiate, Illustrate and Inform your Discussions
All children deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and care-free as they live and learn.However, as life would have it, issues and challenges inevitably come our way and despite our best protective efforts, children are not immune to experiencing them as well. Sometimes it may seem difficult to broach these subjects with young children and inform them in positive, honest and realistic manner. But good fiction and non-fiction books, when read with your children, can help you and your child grapple with tough topics such as adoption, autism, bullying, death and divorce.Rest assured that the Petworth Children’s library staff is ready to assist you in choosing appropriate titles for the situation at hand. Below are some works that tackle some of life’s tough topics, listed with their authors and suggested grade reading levels.You are welcome to select the title links of your choice in order to place the books on hold at your neighborhood library branch.
Born in June, 1858, Charles Chesnutt was the first African-American to publish a novel. In addition to his writing, Chesnutt owned a successful court stenography business and passed the Ohio bar exam. He was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1928 "for distinguished literary service to African-Americans." In addition to his literary career, Chesnutt served on the founding General Committee of the NAACP. Petworth Library has a display of books by and about Charles Chesnutt, including:
We had so much fun at our parachute party Summer Reading Kick-off! People walking by saw us having fun, and came to join in.All the children signed up for summer reading, we played parachute games and enjoyed snacks.
Congratulations to our very first summer reading challenge winner, 7-year-old Bethle Ayele! Amazingly, this dedicated student sat and read at the library to complete the three-hour challenge in one day---on June 2nd! We took a moment to gather some special facts about our eager reader…What school do you attend?Bethle: I go to International Christian Day School.