Neighborhood Library

Kitchen Table Book Discussion

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

moneball bookcover

You are cordially invited to attend the April 27 discussion of Michael Lewis's bestseller, Moneyball, at 1 p.m.

This book is the April selection of the monthly Kitchen Table Book Discussion, a drop-in discussion held at the Southwest Library the last Saturday of every month at 1.

'Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly' by Jennifer Fleischner

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Join members of the artistic team of Arena Stage's production of Tazewell Thompson's Mary T. and Lizzie K. at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15 at the Southwest Library for a discussion of historian Jennifer Fleischner's biography Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It's Your BizOn Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, get an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan and participate in a discussion.
A presenter from the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center Network (DCSBDC), Howard University School of Business, will lead the seminar.
Click on the book cover at left for a list of books on business planning.

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

April is a stressful time of the year. With a lot of schools on spring break during the first week and standardized testing during the rest of the month, there are sure to be cries of "I'm bored!" and "I want to do something!" from kids all over the city.
Here at the Southwest Neighborhood Library we're supplying one option for bored and antsy kids everywhere. During the month of April there will be one art project per day for every day the library is open. That's 25 days of new and original art projects!

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be drop in programs that anyone can complete with on their own. Wednesdays will be a time for more in-depth projects with a librarian on hand to do demonstrations and offer help and instruction. In addition to regular art projects, we'll also be introducing the art and style of some famous and not-so-famous artists throughout the month.

The projects are designed with elementary school-age children in mind, but younger children are welcome with an adult helper.

Want a sneak peek? Here some of the artists that we'll be discussing during our 25 Days of Art:

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013
We've been working on a large art project here in the Southwest children's room for the past month. One of our after-school regulars has been tearing through the Babymouse comic books by Jennifer and Matt Holm and when she saw the illustrated library in volume 13, Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon, she asked why our library didn't look like the one in the book.

We took care of that!

But why tell you about it when you can see it take shape?

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

There comes a point when a lot of little children become princess obsessed. It's like a switch is flipped and suddenly it's all twirly, pretty dresses and fairy godmothers all the time.

While princesses themselves are inherently awesome, it can be hard to find princess books that don't relegate the princesses themselves to the background action. Luckily, we've spent some time around picture books and have come up with a list of 20 stories starring positive, proactive princesses who don't sit around all day waiting for a prince or glass slipper to save them.

Read these book with your princess (or prince) in training and feel good about the messages you're sharing with them.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The DC Public Library will be open during its regular hours on Thursday, March 7.

Librarian vs. Student

Published on Friday, March 1, 2013

Welcome to our new monthly series, where a librarian and a student both review the same book! First up, it's Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist.

Seeing CinderellaWhat the librarian says:

Published on Monday, January 28, 2013

creative class flierSouthwest Library is excited to welcome DC Public Library's The Creative Class for their February workshop. The Creative Class uses materials from the library's collection to teach new crafting techniques to adults.

On Feb. 9 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. we'll be creating one-of-a-kind valentines using collage techniques, love poetry from the collection and your own photographs. (Don't worry, we'll have a photocopier on hand so you won't have to cut up your original photograph!)

Email to register. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

We have a reading challenge for you in 2013!

On Jan. 2, we put up this sign behind the children's services' desk.

reading challenge

Every time Miss Kady or Ms. Erin finishes a book in 2013 they will put a colorful dot on the wall. Watch our progress as the year continues and the wall fills up.

Want to join us? Pick a color and start reading! Dots can be added for every book finished or every 20 minutes spent reading.

It's only been three weeks and look how far we've come!