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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.

"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.