Please pardon our dust. The Southwest Library parking lot will be temporarily closed May 10-17 for resurfacing. The original start date of May 6 was delayed by inclement weather. The project will include milling, asphalt overlay and concrete curbing. The new parking lot will be striped to accommodate 17 vehicles, including two handicap designated spaces. We apologize for any inconvenience.
New Dates: May 10-17, 2013
Published on Friday, April 26, 2013
Kitchen Table Book Discussion
Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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
On 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 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.
What the librarian says:
Published on Monday, January 28, 2013
Southwest 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 TheCreativeClassDCPL@gmail.com to register. We can't wait to see what you come up with!