Best Library

Petworth Neighborhood Library
4200 Kansas Ave. NW, (202) 243-1188
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Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Cozier than the MLK Library, more accessible than Georgetown, and less hidden than Shepherd Park, Petworth Library occupies prime real estate in the heart of the neighborhood and in the minds of its visitors. But along with its wide selection of new books, multiple seasons of The Wire on DVD, and piles of tax forms, this red-bricked checker-floored beauty bills itself as a community center, offering storytime for youngsters and seated yoga for senior citizens. All that, plus cheery staff members eager to discuss your selections and a devoted Friends of the Library group that sells used media for cheap in the basement. Come for the books; stay for the good vibes.