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'Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation'

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Head shot of meditation facilitator William SmithIn this fast-paced, stressful world we live in, is there a way we can decompress, regain our center, and experience the peace we seek?

To find relief from a shifting world, we need to learn how to access that personal haven within each of us, where we will find calm, peace, and even bliss.  William Smith, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, camp director for an international children's meditation camp and acknowledged leader in building teams, now brings us a workshop on understanding our own selves.

L Street NW between 17th and 25th Street NW

Published on Monday, September 24, 2012

The District Department of Transportation will begin a Sidewalk Repair project on L Street NW, between 17th and 25th streets NW on or about Monday, Sept. 24.  The length of the project is approximately four weeks, weather permitting.  All work will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The work will involve upgrading of wheelchair ramps, repairs of concrete sidewalks and repairs of curbs and gutters within the project limits. 

Throughout construction, access to businesses along L Street NW will be maintained.  One lane of traffic will also be maintained along the construction project.  "No Parking" signs will be posted 72 hours prior to construction in the area. 

The West End Library has a small parking lot adjacent to the property off L Street NW. To use the library facilities, you may park in the parking lot.

Published on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Picture of Without Reservations book jacket Maria A. Abbott, author, teacher, and former D.C. hotellier for the rich and famous will speak on her new book, Without Reservations: The Art of Looking the Other Way (PublishAmerica, 2011), on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor. The book chronicles the challenges of overseeing gracious hospitality services while turning a blind eye to the foibles and frolics of VIP guests.

Book Club Pick of the Month

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Picture of Ox-Bow Incident book coverThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, September 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss The Ox-Bow Incident  by Walter Van Tillburg Clark--the classic story of vicious mob justice set in the American West.  Copies are available at the reference desk.

West End Library Friends Book Sale

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

picture of dollar signPlease join us for the Friends' used book sale Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Browse through thousands of books in all categories--mysteries, classics, romance, sci-fi, self-help and more.  DVDs and an abundance of videotapes and CDs also will be available.  Everything must go.Book pile photo

The sale is a community-based event, and all proceeds benefit the West End Neighborhood Library and its services to the community.  Mark your calendars, and come out and support the library.

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.

Published on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Head shot of author Stephen Martin KohnStephen Martin Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, DC, will speak on his new book, The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011).

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

alphabetWe use language to communicate orally through speaking, aurally through hearing and visually through reading, writing and art.  Early literacy takes into account how important it is to teach these skills beginning at birth.  Early literacy is everything a child needs to know about reading and writing before he or she begins to read. 

Early literacy is broken down into six basic skills. 
1. Print Awareness
2. Phonological Awareness
3. Vocabulary
4. Narrative Skills
5. Print Motivation
6. Letter Knowledge

Early Literacy Tip

Book Club Pick of the the Month

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Image of bookcover for The Bluest EyeThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss The Bluest Eye, the national bestseller by Toni Morrison, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. 

Copies are available at the reference desk.

Please join us.

Published on Thursday, July 12, 2012

Older woman reading Five Wishes documentPlease join us for a talk by Wendy Gadson, Community Liaison for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, on use of the Five Wishes document that gives you a way to control something very important—how you are treated if you get seriously ill—to be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor. 

Five Wishes is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes.  The Five Wishes document is an easy-to-complete form that lets you state your exact wishes concerning:

Book Club Pick of the Month

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Image of book cover of Penguin edition of The PlagueThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss The Plague by Albert Camus, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on Tuesday, July 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Please join us for a discussion of this riveting tale raising numerous question of the nature of life and death, destiny, and the human condition.

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