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Take a Mental Trip to the Beach

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014

If you don't have time to get to the beach, let these books transport you there without ever leaving the city.

Foodie Reads

Published on Friday, June 27, 2014

It seems like everyone these days is a self-proclaimed foodie, myself included.  In this Friday Five, I include some of my favorite books that display a person's intimate relationship with food.  So stop eating, and start reading!  Or, as I prefer, do both at the same time!  

Young adult titles to make you laugh.

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014

I like dark dystopias, gritty street lit, and tragic tales of heartbreak just as much as the next YA reader. Sometimes it can all feel a bit heavy, though, and that's when it's time to seek out something lighter -- or at least something with levity. If you, too, are looking for stories sure to deliver some laughs (and maybe an occasional tear as well), check out these five titles; I wouldn't call them all comedies, but each of them definitely have a generous sense of humor.


Come see Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C."

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
We are excited about our continuing partnership with the Literary Hill BookFest that is bringing a series of Capitol Hill author talks to DC Public Library locations on the Hill.

Our next Reading Series event is Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at Southeast Library with Garrett Peck.

Literary Hill BookFest Reading Series Garrett Peck

The Honest Parents edition

Published on Friday, June 13, 2014

Kids have a way of bringing out the best and worst in their parents. One minute they are writhing around on the floor because they “don’t know how to stand up” and the next minute, they are climbing on your lap because they need a hug. Luckily, there are lots of writers who have managed to find the humor in the absurd, and have chronicled their journey as parents, often times online. Sometimes sweet, sometimes profane, these titles might help you get through those long weekends of sitting at home while your child sleeps in the other room. That, and a stiff drink.

Let's Show Dad Some Appreciation

Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lion CubSunday, June 15 is Father's Day!  That's the day we get to say "Thanks!" and he gets to love the token of appreciation we just handed over.  The problem always seems to be, "What do I get him?! I don't think he needs more socks."  Luckily for everyone on Saturday, June 14 we have a craft program dedicated to helping you show your old man some appreciation. Come by and make cards, picture frames, a tie, or place an order to 3D print a gift.  

LGBTQ characters in YA

Published on Friday, June 6, 2014

It's the beginning of June, which means Capital Pride is happening as I type and DCPL has some great upcoming programs and events celebrating the LGBTQ community, including but not limited to:

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014

pride movie weekIn celebration of Pride Month, we will be having a three-day Pride Movie Fest starting Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.  Join us as we laugh, learn, and clutch our pearls with our exciting line-up starting with documentaries surveying homosexuality in Hollywood films and Bayard Rustin's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.  We will also show a feature film starring Adepero Oduye in an important coming-of-age role.  

Please call Southeast Neighborhood Library to discover our complete lineup at 202-698-3377.

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

tour de dcpl

Published on Sunday, June 1, 2014

Zumba logo

Summer is almost here and it's time to make fitness a priority!   Come to Zumba and dance your way to a healthier and happier you!

What is Zumba exactly?  It is a fitness program made up of dance and aerobic exercise performed to mainly Latin-American and international music.