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Ralph Ellison: Renaissance Man

Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in March 1914.  After three years at Tuskegee Institute, Ellison moved to New York City in the hopes of earning enough money to finish college.  Instead, he got involved with other members of the Harlem Renaissance, who encouraged him to continue with his writing.  In celebration of Ellison's work and March birthday, Petworth Library has put up a display, including:

Read-In Story Time Led by Parents

Parents and children came to the library to celebrate the joy of reading.We all had so much fun enjoying stories, songs and rhymes.Some parents brought favorite books from home, and others picked out books at the library.The books that they chose at the library were:

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We had so much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday!Our friends came to the library to hear The Cat in the Hat. We made Cat in the Hat hats, sang "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss, and enjoyed birthday cake.

S.T.A.R. at Petworth Library

An Early Literacy Program for Parents, Caregivers and Children

What is S.T.A.R.?S.T.A.R.-- Sing, Talk and Read -- assists parents and caregivers to learn how to help your very young child get ready to read.Free books and light refreshments will be provided.Who can participate in S.T.A.R.?Parents, caregivers and anyone interested in helping children from birth to 5 years old get ready to learn to read.Where is S.T.A.R. taking place?At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20011 in the Children's Programming Room-2nd Floor.

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: