Neighborhood Library

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born in the Midwest. He spent a year at Columbia University and then worked on tramp steamships in Africa and Europe. After finishing college at Lincoln University, he traveled to Cuba, Haiti and Russia. A participant in the Harlem Renaissance, he was good friends with Countee Cullen and Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1920s, Hughes worked for Carter Woodson in Washington, D.C.  In celebration of Black History Month and Hughes' February birthday, Petworth Library has a display of books about Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, including:

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration

A Unique Opportunity with the Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection will host a program where children hone their visual literacy skills, learn about Jacob Lawrence's artistic process and the history of the Great Migration. Join us Saturday, February 11, at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the lower level.Ages 8-12. Groups, please call 202-243-1188 to register.Read about Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration:

Door to Door at DC Public Library

An Oral History Collaboration with WAMU 88.5

Bilbo, Frodo, and Gandalf

There and Back Again with Hobbits and Wizards

J. R. R. Tolkien was born in January, 1892.  He and C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, were friends, members of the Inklings literary group, and colleagues at Oxford University.  Tolkien, a professor of English, was very interested in mythology and philology (the study of written languages).  Petworth Neighborhood Library has mounted a display of books by and about Tolkien, including: 

Fun at the Gingerbread Party!

On Thursday, December 22, we had over 50 children at our Gingerbread Party. We read The Gingerbread Man, and children decorated gingerbread cookies with icing and candy. Some children couldn't wait to get home to eat their cookies!

Mad About Jane, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen was born in December 1775.  Austen's work fell into obscurity after her death in 1817, but renewed interest in Austen's novels began to develop in the 20th century.  This interest intensified after Colin Firth played Mr. Darcy in a 1995 BBC serialization of Pride and Prejudice. Austen's work has inspired numerous authors.  Petworth Library has a display of Austen's work and some of the authors inspired by her, including:

Holiday Treats

Looking for new cookie recipes?  Need some ideas for a cookie swap?  Want to channel Martha Stewart or Julia Child? The "Food" section of the December 7, 2011, Washington Post lists 25 cookie recipes. For more ideas, see the display at Petworth Library, which includes the books below (among others):

A Winter Wonderland Book Sale

The Petworth Neighborhood Library is having a Winter Wonderland Book Sale on Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Warm your hands, connect with neighbors and support the Petworth Library!

December Computer Classes

The Petworth Neighborhood Library is pleased to present the following computer classes in December:Wednesday, December 7PC Basics (for those who are unfamiliar with a computer)Wednesday, December 14Word Basics (for those who are comfortable using a computer and want to learn to format documents)Wednesday, December 28Internet/E-mail Basics (for those who are comfortable using a computer and want to learn more about using the Internet, create an email account or get more comfortable using e-mail)

November Is Native American Heritage Month

Learn About the Culture with Books from the Petworth Library

Come visit the children's room at the Petworth Library to get books about Native Americans past and present, myths and legends, art and culture, food and crafts, picture books and chapter books: Wilma Mankiller, Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985-1995