Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

Picture of paper-bag Dragon puppet that a participant madeOn Jan. 31, the Petworth Children's department hosted a Chinese New Year celebration.

Attendees tried some Chinese sweets and fortune cookies as they made paper-bag dragon puppets and listened to Chinese New Year-themed stories and songs. We also discovered our Chinese horoscope animals and colored some "Year of the Horse"-themed lanterns and handouts for everyone to take home.

We had tons of fun, and we hope to see you next year!

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Petworth Neighborhood Library recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. It was formally dedicated the evening of Jan. 27, 1939.

Petworth citizens had been campaigning for a library since 1927; they argued that their neighborhood, with a population of 50,000 people and 11,000 school children, was a natural choice for a neighborhood library. It was not until 1936 that Congress approved $75,000 for the construction of the Petworth Branch, with another $75,000 promised the following year. 

Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Game Show Live clip art Black History Month Game Show Live
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. 
Come out and become the star of your own game show. And if you don't want to be a contestant, feel free to be a part of our live studio audience. All games will be based on Black History and Civil Rights Movement trivia.

Negro Mes de la Historia demostración de juego Concurso televisivo en vivo
miércoles, 5 de febrero at 4 p.m.

Published on Saturday, February 1, 2014

Every Saturday at 11 a.m.
Beginner level yoga class for adults and teens, brought to you by Yoga Activist.  Free, no experience required; bring your own mat if you have one otherwise mats are available for use during class.
Cover of Vegetarian Cooking for EveryoneVegetarian Cooking Club
Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.
Bring your favorite recipes to share with others and participants will be encouraged to make a dish of their own to bring to the meeting. Refreshments will be provided.
Digital Photo Club
Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014

The DC Public Library celebrated King Week Jan. 12-19. During this time, there were many activities for children, teens and adults to learn about and honor Dr. King. 

At the Petworth Neighborhood Library, children were able to participate in the "Let's Promote Peace!" program, by signing a peace pledge and decorating our peace mural.
Together, we can establish peace which will give hope to all humanity, especially to the children of our world.

Children from ages 3-12 promised to promote non-violence, equality and cooperative community by signing the peace pledge, which featured these quotes from Dr. King:

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014

On Jan. 18, the Petworth Children's department hosted the first session of Tween Creations!

We built roller coaster tracks for marbles using only colored paper and tape. Our participants cut out paper templates for the center tower, support shelves and narrow turns and then folded and taped the pieces together to make wonderful spiral roller coasters.

Be sure to check our calendar for more upcoming events for tweens!

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DC Public Library will open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Jan. 21 due to inclement weather.

Published on Friday, January 17, 2014

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Started with a focus on technology, entertainment, and design (TED), TED Talks are short presentations that now cover a variety of topics – from history to science to storytelling and more – all given by today’s most inspiring and innovative thinkers and doers.  

Two great things about TED Talks:

Battle of the Bricks

Published on Thursday, January 16, 2014
Lego Wars participants making plant-themed creations

On Jan. 14, Petworth Neighborhood Library hosted its first round of LEGO Wars for our tween customers (children between ages 8-13)! Each participant was given approximately 150 LEGO bricks and had 30 minutes to create a themed construction. There were so many people that we needed split up the competition into two different rounds! 

The children participating in the first round decided to compete individually and had to invent something that pertained to "monsters." Everyone came up with something different, including an underground monster house with stairs as well as a dragon.