J. R. R. Tolkien was born in January, 1892. He and C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, were friends, members of the Inklings literary group, and colleagues at Oxford University. Tolkien, a professor of English, was very interested in mythology and philology (the study of written languages). Petworth Neighborhood Library has mounted a display of books by and about Tolkien, including:
On 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!
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:
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):
The Petworth Neighborhood Library is pleased to present the following computer classes in December:Wednesday, December 7PC Basics (for those who are unfamiliar with a computer)Wednesday, December 14Word Basics (for those who are comfortable using a computer and want to learn to format documents)Wednesday, December 28Internet/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)
Learn About the Culture with Books from the Petworth Library
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: Wilma Mankiller, Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985-1995
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: