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Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Published on Friday, October 4, 2013
Book and Audio book of title Rotters by Daniel Kraus

We all have a little Rotter in us.

In this horror tale, we meet Joey Crouch. After the death of his mother, Joey is forced to go live with his estranged father (Ken Harnett) in a small town called Bloughton, Iowa. His dad doesn't show up to pick him up from the train station.

Expanded Hours Program

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

MelvilCome enjoy the library's expanded hours and explore our fantastic collection on Saturday AND Sunday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.

While you're here, make sure you join in our great scavenger hunt for Melvil Dewey. Melvil Dewey, the originator of the Dewey Decimal System and the father of modern libraries, is hiding somewhere in our nonfiction section. Pick up an entry form, follow the clues to find Dewey and spend some time in the stacks. Turn in your entry form for the chance to win some great prizes as we celebrate being open more hours to better serve you!

The Dewey Scavenger Hunt is open to patrons of all ages and will take place on both the first and second floor.

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.