Neighborhood Library

Kevin Beard

Rise of An 'Empire'

The Black Gay Man on Screen

The characterization of the African American male homosexual on screen has come a long way since the early days of film. How has the gay black man been portrayed on film? What impact have these early roles had on future depictions of race and sexuality?   Join Kevin Beard in conversation Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. for an in-depth analysis, from the early days of film to Empire.

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Petworth Community Market Opening Day

Hear about the market redesign at the library

The Petworth Community Market's opening day is May 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.! The market is on the corner of Upshur and 9th streets NW.


Petworth’s Mature and Motivated Presents...Train Your Brain Games!

(Monthly activities and group games for the Fabulous at 50+)

With many older Americans living with dementia, there is much talk about memory-loss prevention and "neuroplasticity."   Join us at Petworth Library each month for fun games, individual mental exercises, group competition, and discussion informed by books from our collection as well as other media resources. This program is especially for mature adults aged 50+ years to support active and varied learning, memory, flexibility and fluidity in thinking and communicating.


Book Bundles Over Break!

Small collections of books united by theme to inspire family fun!

Looking for ways to keep your child's creative mind engaged over Spring break? Stop by to pick up a thematic book bundle for you and your youngster to enjoy! With a variety of themes to delight and inspire, these book bundles showcase 5-7 fiction and non-fiction printed books, audiobooks -- plus a music CD or DVD -- and range in age-appropriateness from Pre-K to Second Grade. Examples of themes that can inspire extension activities:

Flier for the Animation Unplugged Workshop.

Animation Unplugged

A MEDIA SAVVY workshop

There are just two more opportunities for you to participate in this awesome program. The "Animation Unplugged" workshop is a dynamic program created by MEDIA SAVVY's founder Denaise Seals.  This course is an introduction to the basics of animation and is designed to stimulate recognition, discussion and comprehension of animated cinematic releases and video game technology. "Animation Unplugged" invites animators of all ages and artistic levels to create flip books, thaumotropes and other optical toys. 

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LEGOs at the Library

It's a month-long extravaganza!

It's a LEGO extravaganza at the library! Why, you ask? Because we say so! LEGO activities are a wonderful way to encourage children to particpate in science-related activities by building, designing and testing solutions. Thus, while our love for LEGOS may simply have to do with the fun that can be had from this engaging activity, it appears that LEGOS offer more than just stimulating entertainment.  During the month of April, come to the children's room at Petworth library to engage in a variety of programs. These include:


Children's Book Illustrator Joe Cepeda at Petworth Library

Developing Creativity in Young Children

On April 2 at 4 p.m., Joe Cepeda, illustrator of beloved books Mice and Beans by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto and 


Kids LOVE Karaoke

You can be a shining star!

Celebrate National Karaoke Week on Monday, April 20 and Friday, April 24 at 4 p.m. with Kids Love Karaoke, two special programs to encourage confident public reading and singing as well as supportive listening in children ages 5-10. Do you love to watch and sing along with contestants on American Idol and The Voice? Petworth Neighborhood Library will give you the opportunity to have fun while practicing and showing off your vocal gifts in a supportive, friendly environment before you get discovered by the pros!

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Jazz in my Jammies

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at Petworth Library

Tax woes making you and your family sad? Well, jump into your jammies and let some jazzy beats make you glad! Join us April 7 at 6:30 p.m. for some swinging stories, recorded jazzy jams, dandy dances as well as vintage video clips with jazz themes. This program is appropriate for ages 3 to 7. Wearing comfortable pajamas to storytime is optional, but encouraged. Groups of 9 or more, please call 202-645-8337 to register in advance.

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Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.