Petworth
Neighborhood Library

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Teen Activism and Advocacy

In 2018, teens used their voices to demand change. They advocated for themselves, for their families and for each other by attending protests, participating in campaigns, and contacting representatives in their local and federal governments. The advocacy of teens has often been overlooked and their power is minimized. These books highlight the issues teens face today, how you can affect change in your community, and introduce the voices of teen activists.

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Is This Really Controversial?

Books about teens that have been challenged by parents, schools or libraries.

Banned Books Week is a very popular time for readers everywhere.

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Dialogue With Neighbors

A Community Conversation Series

Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018. Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.

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Weird Summer

Stories to Read at O-Dark-Thirty

I love October for its Halloween creepiness, but I'm most in the mood to read weird fiction once the weather turns warm. Maybe it's some early childhood influences at work: my grade-school summers were filled with trips to the library, where I could check out whatever I wanted, and for a long time that was solely stories of UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts and telekinesis.

The Stars are Legion

Lesbians...in...SPAAAAACE!

The future of sci-fi is queer.

One of the frustrating things about reading books with queer characters is that, until fairly recently, the publications that seemed to get the most attention were realistic plots that often involved grim coming-out stories. If you wanted to read about lesbian or genderfluid characters who just happened to be wizards, adventuring space pirates or awkward AIs, you were mostly out of luck.

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Photography Classes

Spring and Summer 2018

All workshops will last 90 minutes and will be taught by photography teacher Amanda Archibald. We will meet in the lower level meeting room.  Register via Eventbrite or e-mail us to help us plan ahead. Click the links below for more information.  

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What to Read After Seeing "The Shape of Water"

Books for those who can't get enough of Guillermo del Toro's weird and atmospheric movies

Guillermo del Toro's movie The Shape of Water was released this past December, and people immediately began arguing as to whether it was a romance or a horror film. It definitely has elements of both, being about a mute janitress who realizes a disturbingly humanoid fish monster is being subjected to cruel experiments in the secret government facility where she works.

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Date with a Book? How About a Movie for Dessert?

Where has summer gone – no, really? Soon enough the weather will get nippy again and school buses will be rattling down the street. If you have been too busy this summer to read, here are some great book and movie combinations to get you caught up. These selections are fantastic for books clubs or for those of us who just plan to skip ahead and watch the movie!

Dorothy Hughes

Petworth Reads

"The Expendable Man"

After learning about this book from a review of Get Out, I knew that it was a must read.  Set in 1963 Maricopa County, this mystery deals with racism, police brutality and reproductive rights in a strikingly relevant way.  Author Dorothy B. Hughes’ precognition was clearly on point and this book proves that the past is truly prologue.

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Petworth Reads

Amiable With Big Teeth

"But who wants to listen to the voice of a black man in America unless it is trained to sing spirituals or blues?" -- Dorsey Flagg

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