The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Mass. in December 1891. The first baskets had bottoms, and so, after every basket, the ball had to be retrieved with a ladder.Naismith later went on to coach basketball at the University of Kansas; Senda Berenson Abbott introduced basketball to women at Smith College in 1892. Petworth Library currently has a display of books about basketball, including:
Would you like more information on adopting a child, or raising an adopted child?Do you want to know what it's like to be adopted?We have lots of great books that depict forever families, and how they came together:
In the next week, we will hear a lot about the two Presidential candidates. Four years ago, Barack Obama became the first African-American president. If Mitt Romney wins the election, he would be the first Mormon president. Between the unsettled areas of the Middle East and southeast Asia, and economic uncertainty in the United States and Europe, the entire world is watching the outcome of the election. Petworth Library has a book display about the two main candidates, the history of U.S. elections, and political activism, including:
Congratulations to Olivia Renne, Petworth Library’s winner of “The Book that Shaped Me” Essay contest! Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and DCPL, our writing contest required rising fifth- and sixth-grade students to craft a 500-word essay on a book that made an indelible impression on them.
In October, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched the first human-made satellite, Sputnik, into space. Four years later, in April 1961, Yuri Gagarin, also from the Soviet Union, became the first human to orbit Earth. In response, in May, 1961, President John Kennedy announced, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins successfully achieved this goal in July, 1969.