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Library Open

The Petworth Interim Library is closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage.  If power is restored, the library will re-open on Friday, August 13.  Please check back for updates.

The Wonders of Water

As the mercury rises and everyone heads to the nearest watering holes, consider cooling off in the pages of some books. We have a variety of titles in our collection that highlight the wonders of water and water-loving animals! Here are a few:

Libros en español y más at Petworth

Browse Our Collection of Spanish Materials

Did you know that the Petworth Interim Library has a sizable collection of Spanish materials? We do! Some of our Spanish collection is in storage with the rest of our library materials while our building is under renovation, but even in the Interim Library we have Spanish materials. For adults, we have materials for learning English - both books and audio, novels, nonfiction such as gardening or self-help titles, feature film DVDs, and audiobooks. For children, we have picture books, nonfiction such as books on animals and weather, even board books for the very young.

Petworth Closed Monday, May 31

We look forward to seeing you again when we reopen on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Children's Day/Book Day

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros

On behalf of the Petworth Interim Library of the DC Public Library, the Spanish Education Development Center (SEDC) at 4110 Kansas Ave. N.W. will host an event in celebration of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros=Children's Day/Book Day on Friday, April 30, at 10 a.m. Teatro de la Luna will present a musical program in English and Spanish for preschoolers at the SEDC, their families, and interested members of the community. Children will receive free books. Refreshments and piñata will follow.

All That Jazz

Though April, Jazz Appreciation Month, is ending, we hope you continue to learn about and enjoy jazz music!Here is just a sampling of the jazz related CDs, DVDs and books that we have at Petworth:

How Would You Look Drawn in "Wimpy" Style?

On March 25, we celebrated the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by having a drawing party. Tweens learned how to draw Greg Heffley by watching author Jeff Kinney's live Digital Ink episode. It was exciting to see him create Greg with just a few strokes!

Where Have You Traveled on Your Journey?

In February, youth experienced a Picturing America and Black History Month program about Jacob Lawrence and The Great Migration. Library staff led youth in a discussion analyzing a print of the "Migration Series No. 57" by Lawrence.

The Petworth Quilters

Now that we are in our smaller Interim space, you may have been wondering where the Petworth Quilters have gone?Well, every Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, the group meets to work on their quilts at the nearby MPD Regional Operation Command Station, also known as the "ROC." The address is: 801 Shepherd Street NW, Washington, DC 20011. The station is located about three blocks from the library between Georgia Avenue and 8th Street NW.

Haiti in the Library's Collections

Explore Its Rich History and Culture

A few DCPL resources: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - A daughter travels to New York City to reunite with her mother, discovers family secrets, and finds healing upon her return to her native Haiti. The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat - A novel about a dew breaker, a torturer of Haitian dissidents under Duvalier's regime in the late 1960s, that is composed of interrelated stories about the dew breaker, his life in present-day Brooklyn and the lives of his wife, daughter, neighbors and victims.