Preschool Story Time

Join us for books, rhymes, songs and finger plays as we strengthen early literacy skills while enjoying stories together.  An easy craft activity follows story time each week.  Designed for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers.
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Winter Book Sale

The Petworth Library cordially invites you to the Winter Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Petworth Library in the lower level meeting room.  Join in the fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You'll find terrific bargains, great books for the whole family, and even a special children's section!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Join us for stories about Valentine's Day and a craft. This program is for ages 3 and older.
LEGO Bricks


Drop by and build during our new weekly LEGO club! Create a skyscraper, a pirate ship, or whatever your mind can dream up. Best for ages 5-12.

ASL Story Time

Stories, games, fun in American Sign Language (ASL).  Deaf Services Librarian Janice Rosen will read stories about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.       Ages 3-5.  ASL/voice interpreters will be present. Children's Room, Room 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library 901 G Street, NW Washington, DC   20001 Questions? voice/video 202-559-5368 or email    
Homeclub @ LAR

Homework Club

Do you need help with homework? Do you have a topic you need to research for a project? Want to study with friends? Come to homework club! Free homework help and resources will be provided every Wednesday October 1, 2014 — December 10, 2014. Register for this free program at the reference desk.  

Holiday Party to Celebrate the Season!

Join us in the MLK Children’s Room (Room 200) for a festive Family Fun Time! Children ages 12 and younger (and their adults) are invited to celebrate the holidays with stories, crafts, games and lots of fun!  No registration required. Questions? Please call 202-727-1248.
Come celebrate Black History Month at the library

Black History Month Celebration

Come celebrate Black History Month at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Children's Room! We will have fun activities and books for children ages birth to 12. See you there!
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Beginners' Amharic

The principal language of Ethiopia, Amharic is a Semitic language belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It takes its name from Amhara, a central province in Ethiopia and is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, after Arabic.   Learn the basics of this fascinating language with Ms. Yacob, every Friday afternoon in Conference Room 1 on the lower level. All ages are welcome!  
Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.