Neighborhood Library

Play more games!

Published on Saturday, March 22, 2014

TableTop Day imageI love games of all kinds - board games, card games, strategy games and more. But I don't often get a chance to play them, partly due to lack of time but also due to lack of opponents!  

I also love learning new games but sometimes it seems like my friends know the same games I do.  If you're like me -- looking for more types of games and more opportunities to play them -- you should visit Petworth Library on April 5 between 1-4 p.m. for TableTop Day. 

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

Imagine it: It's a brisk spring morning and you rush up the steps to the Petworth Library as a cold gust of wind blows your jacket wide open. You reach for the heavy wooden door and hurry inside.

As you frantically rub your hands together to thaw out, you slowly lift your head in wonder...

Sunday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Statue of LibertyLawyers from the American Immigration Lawyers Association will be at Petworth Library for an information session about all aspects of the citizenship process.  

Anyone who is interested in becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States is invited to attend.

Topics include:

  • How to apply for citizenship by naturalization
  • Requirements for qualification and eligibility
  • Where to get help with the application
  • Steps in the application process, from filing to the Oath Ceremony

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Family Story Time 
Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Story time event for all ages.

Yoga imageYoga
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.
AARP Tax Assistance
Every Monday, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., and every Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tax assistance free to taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those 60 and older.

Chess and Scrabble!

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014

words in different languagesDC Public Library has many resources for learning new languages.

On Monday, March 10 at 3 p.m., become more acquainted with ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive, the visually-driven Powerspeak program, the aurally-driven Mango Languages program, and the Little Pim program for the little ones.

Check out some children's books from our display!

Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March is Women's History Month and we here at Petworth have a plethora of wonderful resources to commemorate this annual celebration of influential females.

Here are a few titles on display during the month of March in the Children's Department. Come take a look and see what fun and fascinating books you'll discover!

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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A Visit from Petworth's Own Engine 24

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On Saturday, Feb. 15, firefighters from Engine 24 in Petworth came to the library to talk to families about how to prevent fires, and what to do in case of a fire. On the side of the fire engine was written "Pride of Petworth" and "Petworth Predators" with a picture of a panther holding a fire hose.

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.