Neighborhood Library

Petworth Library will open at 1 p.m. today.

Neil Armstrong

First Man on the Moon

In October, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched the first human-made satellite, Sputnik, into space.  Four years later, in April 1961, Yuri Gagarin, also from the Soviet Union, became the first human to orbit Earth. In response, in May, 1961, President John Kennedy announced, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins successfully achieved this goal in July, 1969.

Children's Programming Resumes

Save the Date: Tuesday, Sept. 11

We’re baaaack! It's the moment we've all been waiting for: On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Petworth Neighborhood Library’s children’s programming resumes.We're ready and refreshed this autumn with a few special additions.Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Baby/Toddler Lap Time (ages 0 – 2)Stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and baby bounces.

Read the Book Before You See the Movie

Have you been to the Petworth Library in the last few weeks? You might have noticed the new display: "Now Showing" in the lobby.With autumn quickly approaching, a new movie season is about to start; a movie season filled with movies based on books! If you are anxiously awaiting the movie premiere, come down to the library and check out the book first.

Introducing Our "Dream Big, Read! Grand Prize Recipient!

Petworth's Kindle Fire is presented to...Diego Nicolas Acajabon!

On Wednesday, Aug, 29, I took some time to interview 10-year old Diego Nicolas Acajabon (friends and family call him "Nico"), winner of the Petworth Library's Summer Reading Challenge lottery prize. He was given several rounds of applause by curious and admiring children and family patrons in the Children's room.What school and grade do you attend?I’m in fifth grade at Murch Elementary.

Children's Programming Break

The Petworth Children's Room will take a break from programming Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 to make the transition from summer to fall programming. This will allow us to redesign and fine-tune programming needs for all ages.We look forward to providing fresh, new programming for the coming school year.In the meantime, please use the following link to see other library programs that are available for you to enjoy:

Pajama Story time Presents…The Stuffed Animal Slumber Party

On Wednesday, July 25, our pajama story time friends and some of their special bedtime buddies from home joined us for stories, songs, dances and a craft activity. After the children left and the library closed, the plush pals had a great time together!

...Let's Celebrate, It's Alright!

Keep the fun rolling through the rest of August with even more unique, daily celebration days! Visit your friendly neighborhood library for books or DVDs to enjoy with children on these special days. Some suggested titles are provided below.

John Keegan

John Keegan (1934-2012) was one of the foremost military historians of the 20th century.  Born on the eve of World War II, he taught at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and worked as a reporter for the The Telegraph newspaper. 

Celebration Time, Come On!

For some, August in Washington, D.C. can feel oppressively humid and lengthy with no major U.S. holidays to offer a break from it all. Well, cheer up, because there are plenty of unique August celebration days to observe if you seek quirky party planning ideas or random vacation day excuses.