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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.

Coffee Beans

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.

Wordless Picture Book for Children/ Tuesday

What Do You Do With a Book With No Words?

Tips for wordless picture book reading

Wordless picture books present an interesting challenge for parents and children alike; after all, what do you do with a book that you can't read? Yet, this genre allows children to foster their creativity as well as helps them to develop skills such as understanding and interperting context. Although there is no specific method to reading a wordless picture book, there are ways that you and your child can enjoy them together. For instance, you can: Narrate your own version of a story that corresponds to the pictures.


'Greenglass House' by Kate Milford

Could This Book be a Newbery Contender?

"Milo had lived at Greenglass House ever since he'd been adopted by Nora and Ben Pine when he was a baby. It had always been home. And he was used to the bizarre folks who passed through the inn, some of them coming back every season like extended family who showed up to pinch your cheeks at holidays and then disappeared again. After twelve years, he was even getting pretty good at predicting who was going to show up when. Smugglers were like bugs or vegetables. They had their seasons.


November is National Adoption Month

Events and reads in honor of the month

According to the Child and Family Services Agency of the District of Columbia, "about 1,300 District children and teens are living outside their birth homes under the care of the public child welfare system. Some 100 District youngsters are  hoping to be adopted." If you're interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent in the District of Columbia, the Children and Family Services Agency will be offering information sessions at libraries throughout the city: Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Woodridge Library

Book cover for November blues by Sharon M. Draper.

November Teen Programs

Mini Zine Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by creating your own mini magazine.  Use your mini zine as the foundation for your next graphic or written novel. Teen Movie Night Monday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Steve Rogers is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk.

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Be It Ever So Mysterious, There Is No Place Like the Library

Our Halloween-themed programs have been a spooktacular success

The month is whirling by but our Halloween-themed programs have been wonderful fun. In our Monster Mayhem program, we did eveything but the Monster Mash - be it games, crafts or stories, anything was fair game in our zeal to groan the night away. Everyone loved holding up their gruesome hands (which were decorated through a related craft) and shouting GRRR!