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The months of January and February have seen exciting events here at Petworth Library.

Library Closed February 17

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.


Congrats Powell Spelling Bee Winner!

Check out this motivated young lady's literacy success secrets and aspirations!

On Friday, Jan. 23, I had the distinct pleasure to be one of three judges for the local Spelling Bee at Powell Bilingual Elementary School, one of Petworth Library’s neighborhood schools. Sixteen top spellers from Powell's third, fourth and fifth grades earned the opportunity to participate in the Bee as contestants. The atmosphere in the room was electric with nervous and excited energy. Roughly more than 50 of the participants’ classmates and teachers comprised the very enthusiastic and supportive audience.

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National Backwards Day is Jan. 31st!

From the wacky to the wild, celebrate in style!

From wacky to wild and from silly to sardonic National Backwards Day is a holiday meant to inspire doing things a little differently. Commonly celebrated on Jan. 31, National Backwards Day aims to have people deviate from the norm. Children often enjoy this holiday in school or other related environments as a chance to participate in wacky events. You too can shake things up a little or step away from the humdrum by trying some of the following activites:   Walk or talk backwards

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YA Dystopian Literature on Display

Take a Bite Out of a Book Other Than The Hunger Games!

This month, D.C. public libraries will be celebrating George Orwell's novel 1984 through a series of programs (from Jan. 18 through Jan.

Prepare for the SAT

Spring SAT registration is approaching fast. To take the test on March 14, register by February 13.   To help students prepare for the test, Odyssey Tutors will be coming to Petworth Library to give tips on how to get the highest score possible. Learn about the test layout and strategies for test-taking. 

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What Can the Library Offer You?

Join us for an informative workshop: Know Your Library

What can the library offer you today is a question that you might have asked yourself recently.  A better question, however, might be what doesn't the library offer you? Have you, for instance, ever wondered about the following  topics:   Are children's books leveled in the library? How do I pick books for my child based on their age, ability, etc. ? Where can I go for hoework help if I need it? Are there resources that the library provides besides books if I need research help?


Trivia Swag Bag Day

(Free stuff for smarties)

Trivia Day is a fun day typically recognized on Jan. 4th. It is an opportunity to share those many little trinkets of knowledge through question and answer games. It doesn't matter how "important" or how "trivial" the information is. Dazzle your friends and family with the astounding amount of (sometimes under-utilized) knowledge you have stored in your memory banks, or simply take an educated guess at the multiple choice answers!

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Who's a Villain?

"Maybe...he has a master plan to get all the points he can by charming ... [and] getting them to read a lot. Maybe it's not even his masterplan; maybe it's, like, the American Library Association's master plan, and they are stocking high schools across the country with hot young librarians as part of a massive literacy initiative." -- Evil Librarian by Micheele Knudson, page 22-23


Home Ownership Course

Learning the ins and outs of home ownership can feel overwhelming.