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7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

Book cover for The Program by Suzanne Young.

January Teen Programs

"Meme" Me Fashion  Thursday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. "Are you reading? ... BARELY!!!" “Are you going to attend this week’s teens program or Nah?!?” “You have overdue fees, but that ain’t none of my business!” Do you like these memes? Do you think you can come up with more creative ones? Would you like to rock your own memes as a graphic on a shirt? Teens are invited to come out and create memes shirts to express their love of the library or their creativity.  

Book cover for I have a dream by Karen Price Hossell.

'I Have a Dream' Wall

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Week with the Petworth Library Jan. 11-18. Teens are encouraged to artistically express themselves and continue the nonviolent fight towards equality for all. Come decorate a “dream cloud” that will state your dream for the future for yourself, your community and/or this country.  

Winter is Coming.

A Song of Ice and Fire Book Club

Winter is coming. It's a great time to take on reading a long fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.  The series that inspired the popular HBO show, Game of Thrones, is known for its intricate web of characters and surprising plot twists. Five books have been written and two more are on the way. Learning the motives and histories of each house (or family) throughout the series is hugely rewarding. 

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Do something you love everyday in January

Fun-a-Day starts Jan. 1, 2015! Pick a project, do it every day in January, and show your work on Feb.

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Wacky Winter Wear Party!

(RSVP today for our seasonal festivities!)

Don we now our silly sweaters, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Wacky clothes for winter weather, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Petworth Families: Join us for our "Wacky Winter Wear" party at 5 p.m.** in the Lower Level Meeting Room on Monday, Dec. 29. Put together your most creative, colorful, kitschy winter ensemble and prepare for an evening of tacky, wacky winter-themed stories, a craft, group games, a fashion show and snacks! This event is most appropriate for children ages 4 - 10 and their chaperones.

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Find Gifts on Saturday, Dec. 13

Book Sale, Craft Fair and Author Talk

If you're looking for gifts, come to Petworth neighborhood on Saturday, Dec. 13. Petworth Library will be having its Winter Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Petworth Library. The sale will be in the lower level meeting room from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Coffee Tasting and Talk

Have you ever wondered what goes into making a great cup of coffee? How does the location where the beans are grown affect the taste? Come learn the answers from Joel Finkelstein, owner and head roaster at Qualia Coffee

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.  

Book cover for Winter town by Stephen Emond.

December Teen Programs

Teen Open Mic Night Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Are you ready to audition for American Idol? Are you talented enough for the X-Factor? Well here is your chance to find out. Teens, come out and showcase your talent at this month’s Open Mic Night. DIY Duct Tape Gifts Monday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.