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.
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 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.
Diane Macklin, Master Storyteller, stirs a savory blend of stories seasoned with truth, wit and humor. This interactive feast for the ears is rich with family traditions, folk heroes and the creative resilience of the African American experience.
Let’s Communicate in American Sign Language: Beginning Level
Join us in this beginning level class, which covers 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar. Review what you know, learn new signs and practice conversation. Although focus is on beginners, everyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of skill level. The class is FREE. No need to register.
Tuesdays, June 4 – August 20, 2019
7 – 8 p.m.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years. Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.
These 30-to-40-minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Please call 202-243-1188 to schedule a story time for preschool, school or daycare groups.
These 20-to-30-minute story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children ages birth to when they start walking. Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program. It is recommended that each child have their own adult with them.
Check out this motivated young lady's literacy success secrets and aspirations!
On Friday, Jan. 23, I had the distinct pleasure to be one of three judges for the local Spelling Bee at Powell Bilingual Elementary School, one of Petworth Library’s neighborhood schools.
Sixteen top spellers from Powell's third, fourth and fifth grades earned the opportunity to participate in the Bee as contestants. The atmosphere in the room was electric with nervous and excited energy. Roughly more than 50 of the participants’ classmates and teachers comprised the very enthusiastic and supportive audience.
From wacky to wild and from silly to sardonic National Backwards Day is a holiday meant to inspire doing things a little differently. Commonly celebrated on Jan. 31, National Backwards Day aims to have people deviate from the norm. Children often enjoy this holiday in school or other related environments as a chance to participate in wacky events. You too can shake things up a little or step away from the humdrum by trying some of the following activites:
Walk or talk backwards
Spring SAT registration is approaching fast. To take the test on March 14, register by February 13.
To help students prepare for the test, Odyssey Tutors will be coming to Petworth Library to give tips on how to get the highest score possible. Learn about the test layout and strategies for test-taking.
Join us for an informative workshop: Know Your Library
What can the library offer you today is a question that you might have asked yourself recently. A better question, however, might be what doesn't the library offer you? Have you, for instance, ever wondered about the following topics:
Are children's books leveled in the library?
How do I pick books for my child based on their age, ability, etc. ?
Where can I go for hoework help if I need it?
Are there resources that the library provides besides books if I need research help?
Trivia Day is a fun day typically recognized on Jan. 4th. It is an opportunity to share those many little trinkets of knowledge through question and answer games. It doesn't matter how "important" or how "trivial" the information is.
Dazzle your friends and family with the astounding amount of (sometimes under-utilized) knowledge you have stored in your memory banks, or simply take an educated guess at the multiple choice answers!
"Maybe...he has a master plan to get all the points he can by charming ... [and] getting them to read a lot. Maybe it's not even his masterplan; maybe it's, like, the American Library Association's master plan, and they are stocking high schools across the country with hot young librarians as part of a massive literacy initiative."
-- Evil Librarian by Micheele Knudson, page 22-23
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.