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Pre-K Film Fun: Elmo's Happy Holidays

Learn about holidays all around the world, with Elmo!

Come spend some of your winter break time with us at Petworth Library! Elmo is gearing up to celebrate Christmas. But what present will he give Dorothy, his beloved goldfish? As he searches for an answer, he learns about holidays around the world. Pre-K friends (ages 2 1/2 to 5) can watch this cheery holiday "movie" at 2:30 p.m. with popcorn (please bring your own individual drinks) and coloring pages. Afterward, the children are welcome to remain with us for "Fun & Games Monday" until 4:30 p.m.

First Place Winner-Werewolf by Shannun Newton

Halloween Drawing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the first Southeast Library Halloween Drawing Contest! Public voting was held October 31st and November 1st.  And the top winners from each category are... Adult Category: Starr Page- Pink and Purple High Heeled Monster Teen Category: Shannun Newton- Werewolf Kids Category:  Alexis Mayo- Skeleton & Paris Mayo- Scary Clown Runners-Up:


International Games Day @ Petworth Library

(It's time to bring your "A" game!)

More than one thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the 8th annual International Games Day @ Your Library, an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning.  On Saturday, November 21, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m., children are invited to Petworth Library to play a variety of games from around the world at the library. Active group games, multi-player table top games and online games will be available for adult-supervised children ages 3 - 9.

Black Threads

Black History Month Quilt Making with the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library

Join the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library as we celebrate the rich history of quilt making in the African- American and African Diaspora tradition by embarking on a 2-week quilt making experience. Here are a few great reads that are sure to inspire:    Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South, Gladys-Marie Fry

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International Games Day @ MLK

Enjoy all day fun at your favorite downtown library!

Celebrate International Games Day with us on Saturday, November 21.  Gamers of all ages are welcome to try their hand at our Wii Station and a variety of board games.

Halloween masks

Halloween Crafts

Friday October 23 at 4 p.m.

Join us on Friday, October 23, at 4 p.m. We will be making Halloween masks. The children will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials to make masks to take home. This program is for children of all ages and children ages three or younger will need adult assistance. Come and join the fun. Adults are welcome to make their own masks along with their children.  


Warrior Canine Connection Dog Drops in for a Visit

Check out books on how dogs help people everyday .

Bunce, a Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) dog-in-training, checked out the children's Halloween books here at the Tenley-Friendship Library last week. Bunce’s WCC trainer, Andrea McCarren, a reporter for WUSA9 News, has been caring for and training Bunce since he was a puppy. She looks forward to the day when Bunce is ready to help a combat veteran. Warrior Canine Connection enlists service members and veterans in the training of service dogs and matches veterans suffering from combat stress with these highly-trained therapy dogs that provide years of mobility and social support.


Camping in the Library

On September 27, as part of the fun programs we offer every Sunday in the Children's Department, we got to go on a camping adventure in the library. It's important to be prepared, so we started our adventure by gearing up. Each child wore a backpack full of the essentials - water, a snack, bug spray, matches and a flashlight. Then we were ready for a hike around the library. After our hike, we rested by our campsite and started building a "fire". We lit our matches and had a nice roaring fire in no time. Then came out the marshmallows.


BYO Pumpkin Primping

A day to decorate your personalized pumpkin at Petworth!

Following our Family Story Time on Saturday, October 24 and beginning at 11:15 am, every child may bring a small-to-medium sized pumpkin to the library for a fun time of decorating. No carving tools will be used, just art supplies, knick-knacks and inspiring visual aids to help creativity run wild as children personalize their pumpkins! This program is appropriate for ages four and up.


Happy National Comic Book Day!

Creating Comic Strips with Fankids from Around the Globe

Petworth fankids had a great time discussing  comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels on National Comic Book Day (celebrated September 25th annually)! A custom-designed template guided the children in the creation of their own colorful, four-panel superhero comic strips. Afterwards, these anxious authors were excited to receive free comic books courtesy of "nice guy" Nick at Big Planet Comics, along with Chipotle meal coupons, DCPL tattoos, and congratulatory stickers.