What books have influenced your life and why? The Library of Congress currently has an exhibit of the American books they think have been most influential in our lives. The exhibit, Books that Shaped America, is intended to get viewers thinking and talking about books, and offers an opportunity to suggest additional influential books. Petworth Library has a display of some of these books, including:
(Daily activities with a free, light lunch for ages 18 and under)
Mondays“Music and Murals”Let kid-friendly pop and world tunes inspire you as you make mural art and munch your lunch. Tuesdays“Wii Love Summer”Get active with Wii Sports (you can also bring your own Wii games to play with others) and recharge with lunch. Wednesdays“Crafty Kids Corner”
Have you ever imagined what fun can be had at the library after lights are out and the doors are locked? Well, expert photo documentarians Stokely the Black Bear, Kermit the Frog and friends (pictured left) are eager to share the joy of the library “afterhours” with your stuffed animal companions!
Use Books to Initiate, Illustrate and Inform your Discussions
All children deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and care-free as they live and learn.However, as life would have it, issues and challenges inevitably come our way and despite our best protective efforts, children are not immune to experiencing them as well. Sometimes it may seem difficult to broach these subjects with young children and inform them in positive, honest and realistic manner. But good fiction and non-fiction books, when read with your children, can help you and your child grapple with tough topics such as adoption, autism, bullying, death and divorce.Rest assured that the Petworth Children’s library staff is ready to assist you in choosing appropriate titles for the situation at hand. Below are some works that tackle some of life’s tough topics, listed with their authors and suggested grade reading levels.You are welcome to select the title links of your choice in order to place the books on hold at your neighborhood library branch.
Born in June, 1858, Charles Chesnutt was the first African-American to publish a novel. In addition to his writing, Chesnutt owned a successful court stenography business and passed the Ohio bar exam. He was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1928 "for distinguished literary service to African-Americans." In addition to his literary career, Chesnutt served on the founding General Committee of the NAACP. Petworth Library has a display of books by and about Charles Chesnutt, including:
We had so much fun at our parachute party Summer Reading Kick-off! People walking by saw us having fun, and came to join in.All the children signed up for summer reading, we played parachute games and enjoyed snacks.
Congratulations to our very first summer reading challenge winner, 7-year-old Bethle Ayele! Amazingly, this dedicated student sat and read at the library to complete the three-hour challenge in one day---on June 2nd! We took a moment to gather some special facts about our eager reader…What school do you attend?Bethle: I go to International Christian Day School.