Neighborhood Library

Step Afrika! Reads

Story Time and Mini Dance Workshop for All Ages

Step Afrika! Reads promotes reading and literacy skills with a special story time, then invites kids to get up on their feet to participate in a mini workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!'s newest production, nxt/step at several of our library locations.Each year, Step Afrika!

Changes at Petworth Library

Farewell Robin Imperial, Welcome LeoNard Thompson

After working as branch manager of the Petworth Neighborhood Library since 2008, Robin Imperial is now managing the Mount Pleasant Library. We wish her much luck and happiness in her new position.We are happy to welcome Mr. LeoNard Thompson as our branch manager. Here's a short bio on Mr. Thompson:

Lorraine Hansberry

Broadway Pioneer

Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago in May 1930.  She is most famous for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African-American to be performed on Broadway.  The actors in the premiere of A Raisin in the Sun included Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier and Lou Gossett Jr.Hansberry died of cancer at 34 in 1965.  Petworth Library has mounted a display of works by and about Lorraine Hansberry, including:

Gyotaku Fish Printing


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Tomorrow marks the first of May and the start of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.  It has expanded to Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992, after then-President George H.W. Bush signed an extension and it was made into law. In honor of Asian-Pacific Americans, May is a great month to come to Petworth Neighborhood Library and discover some great novels. 

2012 Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes, created in 1917, are awarded annually "to honor excellence in American journalism and arts," and are widely considered to be the foremost awards for American arts, literature, and journalism.  The prizes were created by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian immigrant, who came to own the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World and believed passionately in the role of a free press in American society.  Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, who owned the San

Free Bike Repair and Workshop

Saturday, May 5 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM

May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, Petworth is holding a free bike repair day in our meeting room/patio area outside.Come on down to the library and learn how to fix your bike. Volunteers will be available to perform and teach basic bike repair and maintenance. We'll be here, rain or shine!

Petworth Fiction Book Club

Discussing 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'

Join the Petworth Fiction Book Club to discuss our April selection: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.On April 23 at 7 p.m., we will discuss our latest selection, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010.

Gyotaku Fish Printing

Learn About Bushido, the Way of the Samurai

Join us at the Petworth Library on Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. for a special presentation by the National Geographic Museum in conjunction with the museum's exhibit Samurai: Warrior Transformed. Samurai warriors followed Bushido, the way of the samurai. This philosophy encouraged warriors to follow the "twin ways," martial arts as well as peaceful or cultural arts.

Fun with Duct Tape!

Duct Tape Crafts for Teens

Teens!Join us in the teen section of the library to create something cool with duct tape.It could be a wallet, a clutch, a phone case or something else creative.We will provide the instructions and duct tape; you provide the fun.