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Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Youth Stars at West EndThe West End Public Library would like to take this time and give special thanks to youth intern Anna Taylor.

As a student of School Without Walls in Northwest Washington, Ms. Taylor dedicated four hours each week to help make our library a destination place and a valued source for information. 

We appreciated Ms. Taylor's excellent work ethic and calming presence throughout her tenure at West End Library and wish her continued success in future endeavors.

Narrative Skills

Published on Monday, February 25, 2013

Among the many skills we learn as children, I think by far this skill is the most entertaining. We have all been in the situation where somebody is telling us a story and the only thought in our head is "can you please be done, my beverage is empty."

Narrative Skills help us to tell our story, hopefully in an engaging way. Interesting stories have descriptions of things and events, sequencing and foreshadowing and/or help the listener/reader make predictions (what might happen next).

Why Is It Important?

'Cane' by Jean Toomer

Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Link to image of "Cane" book coverThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Cane by Jean Toomer in celebration of February as Black History Month.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Please pick one up and join us!

'My Beloved Son' by Catherine Cookson

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Image of book cover for "My Beloved Son" by Catherine CooksonPlease join us for a discussion of My Beloved Son by Catherine Cookson, to be held Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor.

The talk is next in the series on the subject of mothers and sons in Western Literature, sponsored by the West End Library Friends. 

'"Portnoy's Complaint' by Philip Roth

Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Image of Portnoy's Complaint book coverPlease join us for a discussion of Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor.

The talk is next in the series on the topic of mothers and sons in Western literature, sponsored by the West End Library Friends.  The presenter will be Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University.  Refreshments will be served.

Ten Questions (some of them multiple questions) for thought and discussion:

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013
Movie Night
Come join us at the West End library to celebrate Black History Month with two of our greatest movies, The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, featuring many great actors/singers!

Meditation and Personal Happiness

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

Image of human figure in meditationPlease join us for a three-part series on the peace and pleasure of Jyoti meditation and the joy of happiness to be held Feb. 4, Feb. 11, and Feb. 25, each date a Monday at 7 p.m., and to be led by David Newcomb, practitioner/teacher of the art as well as author/poet/playwright/composer.

'Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC'

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

Photo of book cover: Hollywood on the PotomacPlease join the West End Library Friends, the Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Cinema on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. for a talk by author Mike Canning on Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington DC, “a comprehensive look at the intersection of the capital city and the movies: How Washington, D.C. has been portrayed in American feature films.”

Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Knitting needles and yarnNeed a little help or motivation to complete your special knitting or crochet project? Join our small group of knitters and crocheters at 2:00 p.m. in the small meeting room of the West End Library on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

We accept all ages and no experience is necessary. Just bring your project ideas and supplies and your new friends will be happy to get you started or just share their ideas with you.

Hope to see you soon!

(Photo by Carissa Marie / Flickr)

What's Your Favorite?

Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Image of open bookThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss individual favorites or recently read works, fiction or nonfiction.

Each person will have 5-10 minutes to speak and share likes/dislikes about any particular title of interest and to recommend it or not. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Possible titles for reading and discussion for the rest of the year also will be discussed.  Please join us!