Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, September 2, 2013

Last week you got to meet Michaela, the winner of our summer reading Kindle Fire drawing for grade school children. This week we want to introduce you to Gabriel.

Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summer reading season has come to an end at the Southwest Neighborhood Library! We had a great turnout this year with more than 70 finishers!

Summer reading finishers at the Southwest Library

Everyone who finished got to choose a book to add to their personal, at-home library, a flower pot to display on the wall and was entered into a raffle to win some awesome prizes, including a pair of Nationals tickets and a Kindle Fire!

We did our raffle drawing for the Kindle Fire and the winner was Michaela! She came into the library yesterday to pick up her prize and tell us a little about herself.

Book Discussion, Saturday, Sept. 28th

Published on Thursday, August 15, 2013

To Kill  A MockingbirdYou are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library's monthly book discussion. 

Just read a banned or challenged book (or two) of your choice, and come to talk and learn about intellectual freedom issues.

Lists of frequently challenged and banned titles can be found on the American Library Association website (

The Lion of Anacostia

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013
Frederick Douglass in Washington, D. C.

You are cordially invited to attend the October Book Discussion at the Southwest Library at 1 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 26. 

The featured title, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia by historian John Muller, is the 2013 DC Reads selection. 

Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013

PCs for DummiesYou are cordially invited to attend Thursday morning computer tutorials at the Southwest Library. Each session offers an in-depth opportunity to learn a different set of computer related skills. August sessions include:

  • Aug. 1: Introduction to Personal Computers
  • Aug. 8: Introduction to the Internet
  • Aug. 15: The District of Columbia Public Library website
  • Aug. 22: Email Basics

Please note that no class is scheduled on Aug. 29.

Wednesday afternoons by appointment

Published on Thursday, July 18, 2013
Knock 'em Dead, one of many titles available

Do you need help creating a resume, writing a cover letter, or completing an application?

The Job Seekers service, offered on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment, is available to assist you in these and other job search tasks.

Just call the Southwest Library at 202-742-498 or stop by during library hours to make an appointment.       

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
free summer meals
Free Meals Served Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

DC Public Library is participating in the Free Summer Meals Program. The Free Summer Meals Program (FSM) is a federally funded program which enables state and local governments to establish feeding sites that offer free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in particularly low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

What libraries are offering the FSM?

Published on Monday, July 8, 2013

At the beginning of the year, the children's room staff issued a reading challenge for 2013. For every finished book, or 20 minutes spent reading, we would add a colorful dot to the wall behind our desk. We asked for your help in making the room as colorful as possible!

It's now July, halfway through 2013, and we thought now would be a good time to check in and see the progress.

A Ground Breaking Reads program

Published on Friday, June 28, 2013

cover of Clutter Busting by Brooks PalmerJoin Judy Tiger, personal organizing expert and proprietor of Just That Simple, LLC, at the Southwest Library on Sat., July 13 at 11 a.m. to learn the basics of getting and staying organized.

Judy writes: "Decluttering offers us the opportunity to dig into our lives, to rediscover things important to keep, and to cultivate easy to manage, relaxing and productive spaces."

July Kitchen Table Book Discussion selection

Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013

You are cordially invited to the July Kitchen Table Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

We'll be considering James McBride's stirring memoir The Color of Water.