The Making of the Nonuments Portrait Garden

Curious about the activity going on in the Nonuments Park, across the street from the library? Come hear first-hand from one of the artists! Jennifer Wen Ma will be at Southwest Library to discuss her installation, and will conduct a walk-through of the site afterward.

Charles Wright- Poet Laureate of the U.S.

Margaret Soltan, Associate Professor of English, George Washington University will offer her thoughts about Charles Wright, his place in American culture, and a reading of "Black Zodiac," one of his most famous poems. 

Thursday Night Poetry With Featured Poets

Featured poets Doritt Carroll and Maritza Rivera will read at the monthly Thursday Night Poetry event.  An open mic will follow.  Please come early if you wish to read at the open mic.

Free Music & Magazines Download Clinic

Read Magazines Online & Download Music for Free!         Want to learn how to access dozens of your favorite magazines online for free? How about downloading free music that you can keep? All you need is your library card!                  

Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic

    Need assistance with your job search? Get one-on-one support with staff at the lower level information desk for basic activities in an online job search:

AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre

The Audio Publishers Association presents AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre, a reading of excerpts on a theme of "changing seasons" and featuring three audiobook superstars--Sean Runnette, Tavia Gilbert, and Robin Miles--and then a question-and-answer period (wh

West End Fiction Book Club

Discussion of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, in observance of Banned Books Week (September 20-27).  Copies are available at the branch.

Caught Reading A Banned Book

In celebration of Banned Book Week, a celebration of the freedom to read,  we welcome customers to participate in our Caught Reading a Banned Book photo exhibit. Adults, Children and Teens are invited to pose for a “Mug Shot” with a banned book. Photos will be taken September 13-19. Photos will be displayed in the library during Banned Book Week. Participants will be asked to sign a photo release form.

Ulysses Read a Thon

In recognition of Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27), you are invited to participate in the Ulysses Read a Thon.  From 10 a.m. until 12 noon, individuals may sign up to read 15 minutes of the text of Ulysses.  Just call the library at (202) 724-4298 or stop by the information desk to reserve a time.  Then come to the Southwest Library on Sept. 27 to hear the opening section of James Joyce's masterpiece.