Neighborhood Library

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Art Gallery at Southwest Library Art Gallery at Southwest

We had so much fun in April during our 25 Days of Art. The kids at Southwest made some incredible art using many different mediums and techniques and everyone had a blast (especially during the Jackson Pollack day where we got super messy with paint!).

Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The family dance troupe Pacific Rhythm will be at the Southwest Neighborhood Library on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. to entertain, amaze and teach with dances from the Polynesian islands. Their performance is fun for the whole family and includes fire dancing and a man splitting a coconut in half with his bare hands!

Get into the spirit of Pacific Rhythms with some of these great reads about the Polynesian islands.

Beneath the surface

Published on Monday, June 10, 2013

Beneath the Surface teen sumer reading logo in colorWhat lies Beneath the Surface? Beneath the surface of the Earth? Beneath the surface of you?

Teens will explore this and more as they investigate this year's teen summer reading theme Beneath the Surface. Teens can register and keep track of their reading online at

Teens will receive a prize just for signing up and after reading six books, they will qualify for the grand prizes.

The grand prizes this year are:

June Kitchen Table Book Discussion

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013


Is all for the best in this best of all possible worlds?  You are cordially invited to express your views at the June Kitchen Table book discussion of Voltaire's timeless classic Candide.

The conversation begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Southwest Library.

Published on Friday, May 31, 2013

On Thursday, June 6th, the Southwest Neighborhood Library will be hosting an outdoor party to celebrate the beginning of summer reading. Come sign up for summer reading, and the chance to win great prizes, and stay for the sidewalk chalk, music, food and games.

Can you make something like this out of chalk? Show us at our summer reading kick-off!

There are four summer reading programs this year, so choose the one that fits your needs the best.

For babies there's the Read to Me program; children get the chance to dig into reading; teens will go beneath the surface; and adults will discover groundbreaking reads during the summer of 2013.

Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

African American Read-Aloud bookcoverSign up your team for the Read-in Read-a-thon Relay Race!

Teams of three or more people will read out loud and compete for prizes. 

All ages are encouraged to participate. 

Invite your friends and family. Any library books may be read out loud, and people will "tag" the next reader. The teams reading the longest will win prizes.

The fun starts Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m.

Friends of the Southwest Library

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Come one, come all to the annual Spring book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Southwest Library.  Members of the Friends get a sneak preview on Wednesday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m.  The general public sale begins on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There are lots of great items for sale.  Don't miss it.


Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

bookcover willsOn Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m., learn about wills and advanced directives, and where to get help with yours.

An attorney from Neighborhood Legal Services Program will make a presentation.

Find out about Legal Forms Online. This is a subscription database that includes forms for wills and other documents. (FREE with your library card!)

The Kennedy Center 2002 Stephen Sondheim Festival production

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stephen SondheimYou are cordially invited to attend a screening of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Sweeney Todd at the Southwest Library beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Brian Stokes Mitchell plays the evil barber, with Christine Baranski cast as his pie baking lady friend. Parental discretion advised.

Check out this biography of Stephen Sondheim.  It's in the library collection.

Wednesdays starting in May

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

resumes bookcoverLooking for a new job?  Just want to keep your resume up to date? Want pointers on cover letters?  Want help applying for jobs online?

Make an appointment to get information and assistance at Southwest Library, Wednesdays between 1 and 8 p.m., starting in May.

Click on the book cover to see books on resumes.