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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!

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

The kids at Southwest celebrated Barack Obama's second inauguration last week. The older kids had an after school party with crafts, snacks and trivia and the story time crowd celebrated with a special story time.

In story time we talked about inauguration, Bo the first pup and took a tour of some sights that the president might see on his inaugural parade and that we can see every day!

2012 Theme: "It Came From the Library"

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teen read week logoJoin the Southwest Neighborhood Library in celebrating Teen Read Week, Oct. 14-20.

In honor of Teen Read Week, the Southwest Library will be hosting their first Teen Read Week raffle! Read just one book, fill out the book questionnaire, and receive your raffle ticket to be entered to win prizes!! Read more than one book, fill out more questionnaires and receive more raffle tickets!!

The deadline for entries is Saturday, Oct. 20. Winners will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 24. Happy reading!

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 join us at the Southwest Neighborhood Library on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m. for our Banned Book Week Virtual Read-Out.

Read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged book. Readers will be filmed (anonymously) and the video will be featured on the Library’s YouTube page as well as the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.

All ages are welcome.