Neighborhood Library

Story Time and Mini Dance Workshop for All Ages

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Photo of Step Afrika! PerformanceStep Afrika! Reads promotes reading and literacy skills with a special story time, then invites kids to get up on their feet to participate in a mini workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!'s newest production, nxt/step at several of our library locations.

Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stressed out? Feeling a little spaced out?

Join meditation teacher Gerry Gorman on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. for a discussion on meditation techniques to reduce stress and improve focus and concentration. 

(Photo by AlicePopkorn/Flickr)

Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We had a great time in the children's room last Thursday, celebrating all the important women in our lives.

Hand Print BouquetOrigami Tulip, Blue StemAfter a special Mother's Day-themed story time, the baby and toddler class made hand-print bouquets to thank their moms for always being around to "lend a hand" when needed. Everyone had fun playing around with the paint and crayons.

Live to Read -- a Citywide Celebration

Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book CoverYou are invited to attend a librarian-led discussion of Harper Lee's timeless novel To Kill a Mockingbird at the Southwest Library on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library. This event is presented in conjunction with the D.C. Humanities Council's Live to Read program, a city-wide celebration of reading.

Learn to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and More

Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Join us for weekly computer classes at the Southwest Library, Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  May sessions include Microsoft Word (May 3), Microsoft Excel (May 10), Microsoft PowerPoint (May 17), Introduction to Personal Computers (May 24) and Introduction to the Internet (May 31). For adults.

Begins April 11

Published on Monday, April 2, 2012

The Southwest Library, in conjunction with the Adaptive Services Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, is offering an eight-week "Introduction to American Sign Language" course on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m., beginning April 11. To register, call 202-724-4298 during library hours, or send an email to

Published on Monday, April 2, 2012

You are invited to attend Thursday morning computer classes, each week at the Southwest Library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. April classes include:

  • Introduction to Personal Computers (April 5)
  • Internet Basics (April 12)
  • DC Public Library website (April 19)
  • Email Basics (April 26)

"The Guns of August"

Published on Monday, April 2, 2012

You are cordially invited to attend a discussion of The Guns of August by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman at 1 p.m. on Sat., April 28th. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Southwest Library. Also available in audio format.

Celebrate Jazz and Poetry Month and Earth Day Awareness in April

Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

popcorn bowlEvery Friday from 3 to 5:15 p.m., we will feature a young adult-oriented film with themes that focus on poetry, jazz or an appreciation for nature (free and open to the public with popcorn provided!).

Friday, April 6 
Chops  (Not Rated) 2009: A group of high school students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a public school in Jacksonville, Florida, try to win a competition. The prize is an amazing opportunity to play at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival at New York's Lincoln Center and an opportunity to work with famed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

Friday, April 13

Published on Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Southwest Library will host an eight-week introductory American Sign Language class on Wednesday evenings, beginning April 11 and concluding May 30.  Each one-hour session will start at 70 p.m.  Please call 202-724-4298 to register.