West End
Interim Library

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Author Matthew B. Gilmore will present a talk on his new book, Foggy Bottom and the West End in Vintage Images, in the large meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Please join us!

Mr. Gilmore has authored a number of books, including Historic Photos of Washington, D.C. (with Andrew Brodie Smith) and Historic Photos of Arlington County.  He is the founding editor of H-DC, the Washington, D.C., history discussion list and website.  He has published articles in Washington History, the journal of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and also serves on the journal's editorial board.    

Published on Monday, November 1, 2010

"Black and White" by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin KittredgeTwo 12-year-old girls--shy, nervous Joanie Greene and bravado-laden Callie Bradford--start their first year at the Academy. 

Several years later, two extra-humans patrol the streets of New Chicago: Jet, the heroine who hides a dark secret, and Iridium, the bank-robbing super-villain with a Robin Hood streak.

How did these two young women turn from the closest of friends to the most bitter of enemies? And in a world where shadowy corporations control the world, who is the hero, and who's the villain?

Published on Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tintin in AmericaThe Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Belgium present a screening of the classic cartoon Tintin in America, with English dubbing. 

The film will be shown in the upstairs children's area on Saturday, November 6, at 11 a.m., and will be preceded by a short presentation on the life of Herge, Tintin's creator, and followed by an art activity. This program is appropriate for children ages 5 and up, and their families.

Published on Friday, October 29, 2010

West End LibraryTuesday, November 2 is General Election Day in DC.

If you are a West End resident (Ward 2, Precinct 4)  and have been assigned to vote at the West End Library, why not check out what your library has to offer. 

We will be open from 9:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m, so check out our new books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials. Public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access are available on the first floor. 

We'd love to hear from you, so please stop by the Information Desk to learn more about our services, ask a question or just to say hello.

Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Please join us for a discussion of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, to be held in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  First-timers are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.  


  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Newsday Favorite Book of 2006
  • A USA Today Bestseller

"This colorful headlong tale of a Depression-era circus simply can't be beat."
           --Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Do you have trouble remembering which book is the first in a long series?  What about that classic genre author (Robert Heinlein, say, or Roger Zelazny) whose works you keep meaning to pick up, but you don't quite know where to begin?

Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rick Riordan's smash-hit Percy Jackson series, starring the heroic yet smart-alecky teenage son of the Greek god Poseidon, has tons of fans all over the world.  Maybe your 12-year-old is one of them--or maybe you are!

Book cover of "The Lost Hero"

Many of those fans are counting the days until The Lost Hero (Riordan's newest adventure in the Percy Jackson universe, starring a new generation of heroes) is released on October 12. While you're waiting, check out this list of great reads!

Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Banned Books Week September 25- October 2 2010     

Be a reader of banned books

Each year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and from classrooms. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Ulysses by James Joyce; The Color Purple by Alice Walker and  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller are just a few examples of titles that have been banned or challenged. Check-out the ALA website www.ala.org/  for more examples of banned books.


Published on Monday, September 20, 2010

Washington at Home book coverWashington D.C. summons grand images of national memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, Congress and the White House. Yet within only 68 square miles lies a residential city full of diverse neighborhoods.

Published on Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dr. Anne Ashbaugh          Christophe Casamassima          Magus Magnus
Three writers share their fascination with the culture of Ancient Greece, celebrating its perennial relevance, through vital exploration of some of the greatest names in literature, philosophy and myth.

From Homer (bounced against James Joyce) to Heraclitus of "You can't step into the same river
twice" fame, with Plato's philosophy attendant upon the union of Eros and Psyche, your panelists
offer fresh and exciting modes of access to the root knowledge hidden at the foundation of our
Western civilization. Here you'll discover how the past reaches into the present, and -- just as astonishing -- how the present reaches the past.