The Petworth Library's writers workshops are made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and writing levels: beginners, veteran wordsmiths, and emeriti. We write creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and scripts.
Story Time fun for the entire family. These 30-40 minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Children and their grownups are encouraged to actively engage and participate with the stories and activities during the program.
Come join us at Petworth Library for our new writing program, This is My Story.
Have you ever wanted to write a memoir? Is there something you've always wanted to say, but are afraid to say it? Join us as we explore the craft of writing memoirs and learn from other memoir writers the best way to take from our own memories—our own stories—and put them to paper.
Do you like keeping up with the news? Do you enjoy reading print newspapers? Or maybe you just want someone to do the crossword with?
Come read the paper and discuss the news over a cup of coffee at the Petworth Newspaper Club. The club will meet in the Non-Fiction Reading Room on the second floor. Newspapers will be provided. Coffee will occasionally be provided as well.
Each Monday, we invite our youngest patrons and their caregivers to color, listen to music, play with Duplos, socialize and more! Supplies provided (but feel free to bring toys to share!). Playgroup meets in our 2nd floor Children's Room. Recommended for ages 4 and under.
These 20-to-30-minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and finger plays for children birth to 2 years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the books and songs, and to actively participate in the program.
These 20-to-30-minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and finger plays for children birth to 2years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the books and songs, and to actively participate in the program.
Do you need community service hours for school? Are you looking for experience to add to your resume or college application?
Look no further! Join us at our weekly Teen Advisory Board meetings. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) provides students with the opportunity to plan, promote and run library programs in exchange for community service hours. TAB meets every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Programming Room on the 2nd floor.
The library's closed, but dclibrary.org is open 24/7!
All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online!
1. Have your own film festival at home.
View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.
"Meme" Me Fashion Thursday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.
"Are you reading? ... BARELY!!!" “Are you going to attend this week’s teens program or Nah?!?” “You have overdue fees, but that ain’t none of my business!” Do you like these memes? Do you think you can come up with more creative ones? Would you like to rock your own memes as a graphic on a shirt? Teens are invited to come out and create memes shirts to express their love of the library or their creativity.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Week with the Petworth Library Jan. 11-18.
Teens are encouraged to artistically express themselves and continue the nonviolent fight towards equality for all. Come decorate a “dream cloud” that will state your dream for the future for yourself, your community and/or this country.
Winter is coming. It's a great time to take on reading a long fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.
The series that inspired the popular HBO show, Game of Thrones, is known for its intricate web of characters and surprising plot twists. Five books have been written and two more are on the way. Learning the motives and histories of each house (or family) throughout the series is hugely rewarding.
Don we now our silly sweaters, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Wacky clothes for winter weather, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!
Join us for our "Wacky Winter Wear" party at 5 p.m.** in the Lower Level Meeting Room on Monday, Dec. 29.
Put together your most creative, colorful, kitschy winter ensemble and prepare for an evening of tacky, wacky winter-themed stories, a craft, group games, a fashion show and snacks! This event is most appropriate for children ages 4 - 10 and their chaperones.
If you're looking for gifts, come to Petworth neighborhood on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Petworth Library will be having its Winter Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Petworth Library. The sale will be in the lower level meeting room from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what goes into making a great cup of coffee? How does the location where the beans are grown affect the taste? Come learn the answers from Joel Finkelstein, owner and head roaster at Qualia Coffee.
Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card!
This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.