Neighborhood Library

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2011

Join a voluntary online "Teen Advisory Group" made up of regular Southwest youth patrons who make fun activity suggestions and provide qualitative program feedback.  With assistance from the teen librarian at Southwest Library, these teens may opt to facilitate their own activities in exchange for community service hours or bonus computer time.

To join SWTeenSpeak! and offer your valuable suggestions, please e-mail Ms. Tammeric:  Remember: Your voice and ideas are welcome here!

The ultimate book club for urban lit enthusiasts and critics!

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are you an avid reader of novels by authors like Coe Booth, Omar Tyree, Reign and Zane? Come swap book titles, bring your current reads or draft copies. Critique characters and storylines. Discuss societal concerns with others who read or write urban literature. Semi-monthly meetings at Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl, SW: Saturday, December 3, from 3 - 4:30 p.m, Wednesday, December 21, from 6 -7 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, from 6 -7 p.m. and Saturday, January 28, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Subsequent meetings to be determined. For more information about Urban Fiction Fans, please email:

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2011

Check out our Monday night movie lineup for the month of December.  Movies begin at 6:30 p.m.

December 5: Flying Down to Rio

December 12: Laura

December 19: Gigi

December 26: Library closed

Summer Reading Program Book Review Winner

Published on Friday, October 28, 2011

Southwest Neighborhood Library congratulates Naliah Penic for her winning book review on the novel, Money Hungry, by Sharon Flake! Penic wrote an engaging and thought-provoking book review that illuminated the strengths and thematic complexity of the popular young adult novel. For her literary effort, Penic took home a brand new laptop that will surely support her academic endeavors.

Published on Monday, October 3, 2011

Now that the mini-makeover is over, come and check out Southwest Library's new Teen Space.  We have added four new Macs dedicated to the teens who use the library.

We also have programs for our opening week.  Check it out!

Published on Monday, August 22, 2011

Southwest Neighborhood Library re-opens Monday, Oct. 3 after mini-makeover.  The Library now has new carpet, fresh paint and an improved teen space featuring new Mac computers.  Join Mayor Gray and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10:45 a.m. as they kick off DC Reads and highlight the improved Southwest Library.

Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Every second Wednesday of the month, the library hosts an open mic for poets and spoken word artists. 

Please come out to the next event, Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.  You can read your own work, or you can read selected works from famous poets. 

Come out, and support your local library!

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011

First, we have an exciting summer theme, "One World, Many Stories."

Second, we have an awesome passport that will guide you through an adventure of reading and exploration of seven fantastic continents.

Third, we have amazing story-tellers and performers ready to share their vast array of  experiences from around the globe.

This year we will have our very own Garden Club.  We will meet every Monday starting June 20 at 2 p.m.  Together, we will transform the grounds of Southwest into a work of art with flowers, shrubs and mulch.

Our Read-to-Me program will begin before our pre-school story time every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Our 2011 Summer Reading Program is going to be exciting, and we hope you come out to join us!

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Register for the Summer Reading Program and discover new things about yourself and your world. Who are you?  Where are you?  Where would you like to travel? 

Write a book review, and you will be entered for a chance to win a laptop.  Our kickoff party will be on June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Stop by for some refreshments and fun activities.

Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Looking for tips on acing a job interview? Stop by the Southwest Library on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m. for a workshop on job interview skills. This is an interactive workshop where participants will have the opportunity to develop interviewing skills and practice strategies for tough questions. Participants will develop key messages tailored to their personal experience and employment goals.

The workshop will be lead by Christy Delafield, who works for the National Conference of State Legislatures managing programs in the Middle East and North Africa. Delafield develops training workshops for Parliamentarians and legislative staff in such topics as media relations, constituent outreach and ethics.