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"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.

"A Natural History of the Senses" by Diane Ackerman

Published on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Please join the Southwest Library's monthly Kitchen Table Book Discussion, held the last Saturday of the month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This month's discussion, scheduled for Sat., March 31, will focus on Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses.

Have a heart, do your part in the food drive!

Published on Saturday, March 3, 2012

In an effort to raise awareness about the realities of child hunger in D.C., the Southwest Library will be hosting a food drive from March 10th to 24th. Please drop off donations of low sodium canned goods and whole grain dry food at the Hunger Action Station, conveniently located on the first floor reading room near the circulation and the information desks. Don't forget to pick up an information packet before you go!

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Together we can help end child hunger and make healthy eating simple and practical in all of our lives! Our partner, Capital Area Food Bank, recommends the following healthy food donation items:

Canned Fruits (in its own juices or light syrup)
Canned Vegetables (low sodium, no salt added)
Dry Cereal (multigrain cereal, cheerios, corrnflakes, grapenuts, raisin bran

A DC Read-In Event

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

book & food swapOn Saturday March 10, donate a gently used book or healthful nonperishable food item at the Southwest Library, and choose a donated book in return! A maximum of three items may be exchanged. 

The food drive will continue through Friday, March 23. All food collected will be donated to a Washington food pantry. For a list of appropriate food items, visit

Published on Monday, February 27, 2012

Celebrate the DC Public Library Read In and Women's History Month by joining the Southwest staff for "A Poem On the Hour."  Each hour on the hour, staff will read a great poem by a significant woman poet such as Emily Dickinson, Jane Kenyon, Mary Oliver and Sonia Sanchez.

The younger set will enjoy Family Story Time starting at 10:30 a.m. This half-hour long program for preschoolers, includes stories and songs, rhymes and movement.

Start your weekend with movies that motivate

Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

IYC picJoin the Southwest Library for weekly independent films featuring youth and young adult themes that "flip the bird" at authority, conformity and the mainstream! Movies are scheduled every Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Popcorn is provided for opening night film on Friday, March 2, 2012. March is Women's History month, so the following films, depicting strong young women, are scheduled:

March 2, 2012
"V For Vendetta" (2005, Rated R)

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The discussion of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins scheduled for Sat., Feb. 18, has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined. 

The new date will be announced on this page.

February Focus on Black History

Published on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Enjoy three great films in celebration of Back History Month at the Southwest Library.  Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the upstairs meetinng room.

Mon., Feb. 6     The Great White Hope
Mon., Feb. 13    Cabin in the Sky
Mon., Feb. 20    No film--library closed
Mon., Feb. 27    Akeela and the Bee