Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, July 13, 2012

NicoloChildren are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. as we welcome jester extraordinaire, Nicolo Whimsey. Combining juggling, music, poetry and storytelling, Nicolo emphasizes language skills and encourages children to discover and voice their creativity and tolerance as well as the joys of reading.

Ages 4-9.

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kids ages 8-11 can learn about conserving historical documents in this interactive workshop.

Learn about segregation in the 1950s by reading Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey as a group. Then explore authentic artifacts from the 1950s, record your observations, and determine a preservation plan for each object. Take home your white cotton gloves and an activity book, and preserve your own family's history! 

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Published on Monday, June 18, 2012

Kids of all ages are invited to join us on Thursday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. for a presentation of the puppet show, "Goldy Bear and the Three Locks."

Goldy is a baby-sitting bear, who is hired to take care of a family of boxes. Each box contains a special surprise, but he has to find a way to unlock each box to unveil the mystery!

This show is presented by Blue Sky Puppets, and is part of our summer reading program, Dream Big, Read.

Published on Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer's here, and although the last school bell hasn't rung for everyone just yet, our thoughts begin to turn to baseball, swimming pools, and beach reads.

Kids and teens are invited to sign up for the summer reading program -- Kids can come into the library to sign up for "Dream Big-Read!," and teens can sign up online for "Own the Night."

Join us on Tuesday, June 14 for our Summer Kickoff party at 1 p.m. for snacks, a make-your-own dream catcher craft and summer reading registration.

Of course, adults are invited to tell us what they are reading this summer as well. Like us on Facebook and let us know.

Published on Friday, May 25, 2012

Owl in a tree with a crescent moon.Join us for nighttime-themed stories and songs at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from June through August. 

Favorite stuffed friends are welcome.

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 29 will be the last Teen Night that we hold for the season since school is grinding down.

Make sure to check back with us during the summer to find out what other programs that we have just for teens, including our new teen book club.

And, oh yeah, don't forget to sign up for the summer reading program, Own the Night. You get a prize just for signing up, and once you've read six books, you can enter to win an iPad!

Come into the library for more information.

Published on Monday, May 21, 2012

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A young athlete is accused of throwing away her newborn child, but she cannot remember being pregnant or giving birth.

Join us Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m.  Copies are available at the Southeast Library.

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012

Due to scheduled replacement of the after-hours return box, all library materials must be returned inside the library during normal business hours from Thursday, May 3 through Monday, May 7. Items may also be returned at any other DC Public Library branch.

We anticipate that the new drop box will be in place by close of business on Monday, May 7 at the same location (on the handicap ramp at the D street SE entrance). We apologize for the inconvenience.

To renew your materials online, please visit

Record your oral history with WAMU 88.5

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012

Record your story about the place you call home from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at Southeast Library. Come with family and friends, photographs and your stories! Your interview may air on WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection, and all recordings will be archived at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in the Washingtoniana Division for years to come.

We talk with residents about the history, geography, and culture of their communities, and find out what makes them unique. Most interviews will take around 15 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to reserve a specific time slot, please call the library at 202-698-3377.

Published on Thursday, April 26, 2012

William SmithDo you often feel stressed or tense or have a desire to become more relaxed? We have just the program for you!

On Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m., the Southeast Neighborhood Library will host William Smith, a retired lieutenant colonel and meditation expert.

In a program for ages 16 and older, Smith will discuss effective methods for creating a more satisfying lifestyle with harmonious relationships and a deep sense of peace. You will learn effective strategies and a simple but profound meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry.

The audience will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.