Neighborhood Library

A Ground Breaking Reads program

Published on Friday, June 28, 2013

cover of Clutter Busting by Brooks PalmerJoin Judy Tiger, personal organizing expert and proprietor of Just That Simple, LLC, at the Southwest Library on Sat., July 13 at 11 a.m. to learn the basics of getting and staying organized.

Judy writes: "Decluttering offers us the opportunity to dig into our lives, to rediscover things important to keep, and to cultivate easy to manage, relaxing and productive spaces."

July Kitchen Table Book Discussion selection

Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013

You are cordially invited to the July Kitchen Table Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

We'll be considering James McBride's stirring memoir The Color of Water.

Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013

This summer we're starting our first ever book club where the kids choose the book! For our first selection we're reading Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

A Muslim Journeys lecture

Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

You are cordially invited to bookcoverattend a lecture about the life of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, presented by Dr. Jonathan Brown (Islamic Studies, Georgetown University), author of Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Dr. Brown will be speaking on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. 

Graffiti Letters

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

picture of graffiti art featuring namesTeens discovered what was Beneath the Surface when Albus Cavus came and showed them some great graffiti art techniques.

Check out their great art work.

To get your teen in on the fun go to our calendar to check out all the great events happening at the Southwest Neighborhood Library.

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Art Gallery at Southwest Library Art Gallery at Southwest

We had so much fun in April during our 25 Days of Art. The kids at Southwest made some incredible art using many different mediums and techniques and everyone had a blast (especially during the Jackson Pollack day where we got super messy with paint!).

Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The family dance troupe Pacific Rhythm will be at the Southwest Neighborhood Library on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. to entertain, amaze and teach with dances from the Polynesian islands. Their performance is fun for the whole family and includes fire dancing and a man splitting a coconut in half with his bare hands!

Get into the spirit of Pacific Rhythms with some of these great reads about the Polynesian islands.

Beneath the surface

Published on Monday, June 10, 2013

Beneath the Surface teen sumer reading logo in colorWhat lies Beneath the Surface? Beneath the surface of the Earth? Beneath the surface of you?

Teens will explore this and more as they investigate this year's teen summer reading theme Beneath the Surface. Teens can register and keep track of their reading online at

Teens will receive a prize just for signing up and after reading six books, they will qualify for the grand prizes.

The grand prizes this year are:

June Kitchen Table Book Discussion

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013


Is all for the best in this best of all possible worlds?  You are cordially invited to express your views at the June Kitchen Table book discussion of Voltaire's timeless classic Candide.

The conversation begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Southwest Library.

Published on Friday, May 31, 2013

On Thursday, June 6th, the Southwest Neighborhood Library will be hosting an outdoor party to celebrate the beginning of summer reading. Come sign up for summer reading, and the chance to win great prizes, and stay for the sidewalk chalk, music, food and games.

Can you make something like this out of chalk? Show us at our summer reading kick-off!

There are four summer reading programs this year, so choose the one that fits your needs the best.

For babies there's the Read to Me program; children get the chance to dig into reading; teens will go beneath the surface; and adults will discover groundbreaking reads during the summer of 2013.