Family Programs


UNCENSORED: Frequently-Challenged Children's Books Adapted to the Screen

In honor of Banned Books Week, Petworth Library celebrates families' freedom to watch and discuss frequently-challenged Children's books that have been adapted into family films. We will show 2 very different films that have been challenged for similar reasons - "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" on Monday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. and "Where The Wild Things Are" on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Kat Kong

Kids Club: Reader's Theatre

During Reader’s Theatre, children bring stories to life by reading aloud from scripts created from children’s books. Today, we will read about daring mice who take on a ferocious feline in Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey. Best suited for ages 6-12. Parent participation is welcomed and encouraged.
Runner crossing finish line with books

End of Summer Reading Party

Celebrate summer reading accomplishments with activities and action games! Event will take place in the Children's Room.  Ages 0-12   
Rajan Sedalia's caricature page

Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party/Back to School Celebration

It's time for summer reading wrap-up and to celebrate going back to school!  Come and have fun with special guest local artist Rajan Sedalia. He will be drawing caricatures for the children. We will have a games table, a crafts table, a Library Information table, and snacks. For all ages.

Pajama Movie Night: WALL-E

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. View the trailer for this movie.  Food, blankets and pillows are welcome. 

Back to School Party: The Phantom Tollbooth Screening and Game Day

Get excited about going back to school with Deanwood Library! Watch a screening of the movie "The Phantom Tollbooth", claim your summer reading prizes, and stay to play a few games with us. We'll have corn hole and ring toss set up in the children’s area after the movie, so be sure to stop by!  
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Mommy & Me Movement with CityDance POP!

Toddlers and young children are invited to try a free hour of Creative Movement and Mommy & Me with CityDance POP! Reservations are not required, but the session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Life-Sized Candy Land

Celebrate the last week of summer vacation and your summer reading accomplishments by visiting the Candy Castle! But first you’ll have to travel through the candy cane forest and avoid Lord Licorice. Stop by to play our life-sized edition of the classic board game. Snacks included! Ages 4+  
Film Reel

Monthly Family Film

Our monthly film is happening again for children and families!   We'll be hosting a great movie for ages 2 and older. This month's film is "Charlotte's Web". Please join us!    
Photo of Milkshake performers

Milkshake! Music for Kids

The Grammy-nominated group Milkshake will perform in the Great Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Bring the whole family for a very special musical program!  Call the MLK Children's Room if you have any questions: 202-727-1248 (This program replaces our regularly scheduled story time for babies and toddlers.)