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Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

Heidi Marohn posing with her new Kindle FireCongratulations to Heidi Marohn, winner of the Adult Summer Reading Grand Prize at Petworth Library! Heidi won a Kindle Fire when she submitted a review of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries, Book 1.

As a middle school teacher, Heidi likes to stay on top of teen fiction so she can recommend titles to her students looking for a good book. Heidi rated this book 5 shovels! 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the DC Public Library Adult Summer Reading program this year; it was a great success! 

Celebremos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013

hhmHispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

At the Petworth Library, we had a special bilingual story time, and we enjoyed a flannel board story of "The Bossy Gallito," sang "La Granja," and read "Caperucita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood)" in Spanish. Ms. Bridgid told the story using a Little Red Riding Hood Doll, that, when flipped over, became the Grandmother and the Big Bad Wolf. We made tissue paper flowers after hearing stories and songs.

The celebration continues with a performance of "Yo La Llamo Rusita Rojas/I Call Her Rusita Rojas" by local theater group Teatro de la Luna.

(Focusing on Math and Sciences with your bright beginners)

Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

S.T.E.M. stands for the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This term is typically used for curricula, educational policies implemented within all core subjects in schools from kindergarten through college. Several middle schools and high schools in the U.S. have emphasized a S.T.E.M. curriculum to help bolster students' skills and raise the nation's competitiveness in math and sciences.

Parents of young children frequently stop by the library asking for "books that will help children understand math and science better." We hear you! Below are several picture book titles that promote an early awareness and further exploration of science and math concepts in engaging ways for Pre-K to second grade.

Click the titles for a synopsis and stop by Petworth Library to pick up these titles and more!

(Our 2nd Annual Affair!)

Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Last year's event was a hit with Petworth families so we're making this an annual affair!

Bring a stuffed animal friend with you for our special Pajama Story Time on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement and a craft to support early literacy, fine and gross motor development and "bedtime awareness."

Afterward, your plush pal will give you a farewell hug and remain overnight at the library for an eventful sleepover! The evening’s escapades will be photographed and shared with participating families via the public library’s webpage and social networking sites.

Published on Sunday, September 1, 2013

dc job seekers logoTeen of Distinction Application
Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. 
Teen Area

Teens, the Teens of Distinction application deadline is fast approaching. The Teen Job Seekers Clinic will help with resume and application prep, and provide helpful tips for the interview process. 

DIY Duct Tape
Monday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.
Teen Area

Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month by applying for a library card and checking out all the awesome things the library has to offer. While you’re here, head over to the Teen Area to craft something out of duct tape.

Published on Saturday, August 31, 2013


A patron read Unleashed by David Rosenfelt and couldn't put it down. 

"Suspend your disbelief and go for a ride with delightful canine associations," they said. 

Keep reading and telling us what you think.

Published on Friday, August 30, 2013

ameliaAmelia, age 7, enjoyed participating in the Summer Reading Program.

She had to read for eight hours for her name to be put in the drawing for the Kindle Fire. And what do you know, Amelia won!

She says she will share the Kindle Fire with her two brothers, and will use it to read e-books and to play games on the Internet. One of her favorite places to read is in the tree house in her backyard. 

Published on Friday, August 23, 2013

Picture of the Hemingway reading list written in Hemingway's own handIn 1934, Ernest Hemingway wrote a list of suggested reading for a young aspiring writer who had hitchhiked from Minnesota to Florida to meet his idol.

Published on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Louis Armstrong, one of the most famous performers of his time, was born in New Orleans, probably in August, 1901. He had little formal education or musical training. At the height of his popularity, Armstrong sold more records than the Beatles.

Armstrong travelled all over the world introducing jazz, a uniquely American style of music, to his legions of fans. 

Petworth Library has a display of books and other materials about Louis Armstrong and jazz, including:

Stories That You Know, With a Silly Twist!

Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

cinderednapicHave you ever wondered what happened after "happily ever after," or after the dish ran away with the spoon?
There are many picture books available that explore traditional fairy tales after the "happily ever after" ending, or offer a different point of view.
We've been having a lot of fun reading them, and exploring how we would change aspects of our favorite tales.

Some of our favorite fractured fairy tales are: