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Beats By Dre Winner

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013

image of summer reading winnerCongratulations Phillip! He is one of the winners of Beats by Dre headphones.

Phillip was able to win these headphones by participating in summer reading.

Would you like to get in on the action? Join us next year for summer reading and you too could win a fabulous prize!

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013
Story Time

Who is excited about fall? Cooler weather, shorter days and longer library hours? We're excited too?

To help celebrate the new, expanded hours in October, we're shaking up how we do story time!

Starting Oct. 1, this is the new story time schedule:

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to The Lightning Thief to Eragon (just to name a few), fantasy books are popular with kids.

Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal system, a way of arranging books based on subject. Now Melvil is hiding in our children's non-fiction section!

Melvil Dewey information poster

Every weekend in September you'll have the chance to find Melvil, win some great prizes, and learn a little bit more about an amazing Dewey Decimal number. Stop by the children's reference desk on Saturdays for more information about where Melvil is hiding.

Here's the Melvil you're looking for...

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.