A Tribute to Essex Hemphill

A poet and performer known for his political edge, Essex Hemphill openly addressed race, identity, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and the family in his work, voicing issues central to the African American gay community.Join local poets Regie Cabico, Philip Clark, and Michelle Parkerson in this tribute to the life and work of Essex Hemphill. 

Family Fun Time

With visitors and children at home for the summer, let’s explore some fun spots in the D.C. area.Also get a Summer Reading Preview: Fizz Boom Read!Explore more children's Summer Reading events in the calendar.  

Poets of Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights

Join Kim Roberts and Dan Vera in a virtual tour of the homes of  famous poets who lived in the Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. 

Artists’ Books: What Are They and Where Are They in D.C.?

Artists’ books are works of art in book form that may have unusual bindings, vibrant typography, colorful images, fine printing techniques, digital interventions, and/or sculptural elements. They play with the conventions of the book and expectations of reading.

In Honor of Harry Belafonte: A Celebration of His Life and Work

 Join us for "In Honor of Harry Belafonte: A Cele

The History of Women's Suffrage

Did you know, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, that more women than men have voted in every presidential election since 1964?

Photography Workshop

Join us for a photography workshop with Vincent Knaus.Vincent is a photographer in Stafford, Va. and owns Create Photographics LLC, a photographic education and image creation company. He has been working as a freelance photographer since 1993.From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., we'll talk night and low-light photography, one of the most challenging areas of taking pictures. 

Is Feminism a Dirty Word?

In honor of Women's History Month, West End Library is hosting a panel that will discuss what it means to be a feminist in the modern day -- from Beyonce to Sheryl Sandberg.The panelists are:Christina Larocco, a women's studies lecturer at the University of Maryland;

Introduction to Gardening

Think living in an apartment means you can't have a garden? Think again!Master Gardener Neil Hoffman will share some tips on vegetable gardening. Whether you have containers on a balcony or a plot in a community garden, he'll show you how to produce vegetables year-round.