"The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis
Join DC Council Member Tommy Wells for his Travelling Book Club! The featured book will be The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. The Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor award-winner tells the story of the Watson Family and their trip from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Julie is in year six at school in Liverpool, England. She's mostly interested in getting Shocky to like her, and getting invited to her friend Mimi's house. But everything changes when Chingis and Nergui, two nomad boys from Mongolia, come to her school. They appoint Julie as their "good guide," and it becomes her duty to show them how things work in their new land. As she teaches them playground rules, British slang and how to play soccer, they teach her about yurts, horses, Xanadu and Chingis Khan.
Join the Petworth Neighborhood Library on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for a presentation by Linda Easely Stroman, Director, Financial Education for CAAB- Capital Area Asset Builders. The workshop will include such topics as:Setting Financial GoalsBudgetingSavingDebt ManagementUnderstanding Credit
Discuss "The Gathering" by Anne Enright on March 26
Come to the Petworth Neighborhood library on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. to chat about our March Book Club pick, The Gathering by Anne Enright. Our theme for the month of March was "Irish writers/ Ireland," and as the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, this book fits the bill. Each year the Man Booker Prize is awarded to a full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom.
Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in March 1914. After three years at Tuskegee Institute, Ellison moved to New York City in the hopes of earning enough money to finish college. Instead, he got involved with other members of the Harlem Renaissance, who encouraged him to continue with his writing. In celebration of Ellison's work and March birthday, Petworth Library has put up a display, including:
Parents and children came to the library to celebrate the joy of reading.We all had so much fun enjoying stories, songs and rhymes.Some parents brought favorite books from home, and others picked out books at the library.The books that they chose at the library were:
We had so much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday!Our friends came to the library to hear The Cat in the Hat. We made Cat in the Hat hats, sang "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss, and enjoyed birthday cake.
An Early Literacy Program for Parents, Caregivers and Children
What is S.T.A.R.?S.T.A.R.-- Sing, Talk and Read -- assists parents and caregivers to learn how to help your very young child get ready to read.Free books and light refreshments will be provided.Who can participate in S.T.A.R.?Parents, caregivers and anyone interested in helping children from birth to 5 years old get ready to learn to read.Where is S.T.A.R. taking place?At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20011 in the Children's Programming Room-2nd Floor.
Langston Hughes was born in the Midwest. He spent a year at Columbia University and then worked on tramp steamships in Africa and Europe. After finishing college at Lincoln University, he traveled to Cuba, Haiti and Russia. A participant in the Harlem Renaissance, he was good friends with Countee Cullen and Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1920s, Hughes worked for Carter Woodson in Washington, D.C. In celebration of Black History Month and Hughes' February birthday, Petworth Library has a display of books about Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, including:
The Phillips Collection will host a program where children hone their visual literacy skills, learn about Jacob Lawrence's artistic process and the history of the Great Migration. Join us Saturday, February 11, at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the lower level.Ages 8-12. Groups, please call 202-243-1188 to register.Read about Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration: