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Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012

Graphic to promote scavenger huntPlease join us for a hunt of facts, figures and more from the library's collections March 10, all day.  Follow the clues and win. 

Have fun, pick your brain and learn something new.  Help celebrate Read-In at the library! 

Prizes go to the top 10 scavengers.

Published on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In an effort to attract attention to child hunger in the District, the West End Library will be hosting a food drive from March 10 to 31. Please drop off donations of low sodium canned goods and whole grain dry food at the Hunger Station, conveniently located on the first floor between the Circulation and the Information Desks.

This drive is in anticipation of the soon to be released film based on Suzanne Collins' popular Hunger Games trilogy.  All goods received will benefit Martha's Kitchen.

Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ride and Sing.  I’m a terrible singer. However, when I sing for my daughter or for a story time group, the kids ask me to sing more. Which means: your child will also love your voice when you sing. If you are shy, try singing in a place with some background noise or in the car. You can sing a familiar rhyme such as “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb whose fleece is white as snow.  And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went…” As you sing, your child will learn these songs  and begin to sing along with you. 

The Cuddle Book
by Guido Van Genechten

Thursday, February 23, 1:30 p.m.

Published on Monday, February 13, 2012

Picture of Denzel Washington as Malcolm XPlease join us for a fascinating look at the life of the visionary black leader, vividly brought to the screen by premier filmmaker Spike Lee.  Controversial and critically acclaimed, Malcolm X tells the story of a man whose ideas touched the lives of millions and have continued to do so long after his death.

Published on Thursday, February 9, 2012

My 27-month-old daughter loves to write her name. Yes, it is a series of scribbles; however, she is intent on creating her mark on her art projects, signing thank-you cards, shopping lists and even likes to help me sign my name for my credit card purchases. By bringing reading and writing into everyday life at a very early age, your child, much like mine, will begin to appreciate the value of reading and writing.  This skill is one of the early literacy skills known as Print Awareness.

This week we read:

five for a little one

Book Club Pick of the Month

Published on Monday, February 6, 2012

Autobiography of Malcolm X book coverThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X on Tuesday, February 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the small reading room on the second floor.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Book Club Pick of the Month

Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

graphic for Flowers for AlgernonThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes on Tuesday, January 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor.  Copies are available to pick up at the reference desk.

A screening of Charly, the award-winning film version of the novel (rated PG) starring Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney and Dick Van Patten will follow on Thursday, January 19, at 1:30 p.m.

"Henderson the Rain King" by Saul Bellow

Published on Monday, December 5, 2011

Henderson the Rain King book coverPlease join us for a discussion of Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King to be held on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. The talk is the latest in the series on heroic adventure 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.

Information Session

Published on Monday, December 5, 2011

Image of homelessness Come speak with experts from the Office of Homeless Services, DC Department of Mental Health, and learn about the city's mental health services for the homeless. 

The session will take place Thursday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. All are invited.

Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

West End Branch will not have story time sessions from December 18 to 31. Story time will resume on Tuesday, January 3, for babies - 18 months, and on Thursday, January 5, for preschoolers.