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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.

Published on Monday, September 13, 2010

The coffee ceremony is a tradition in Ethiopia, an East African country that is home of some of the world's best coffee.  Come see the beans being prepared, breathe in the aroma, and savor free samples.  A narrator in traditional costume will explain the ceremony, as others demonstrate it and serve the brew.  Enjoy coffee as you've never had it before, and learn about Ethiopian culture too.  Please join us and bring your family and friends.

Tuesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m.

Published on Monday, August 30, 2010

Please join us for a discussion of Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road to be held as scheduled in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Welcome, first-timers and others.  Refreshments will be served.   

Published in 1961, Revolutionary Road received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1962, along with Catch-22 and The Moviegoer.  The New York Times reviewed it as “beautifully crafted . . . a remarkable and deeply troubling book.”  In 2005 the novel was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.

Published on Monday, August 30, 2010

Attention high school students!  The West End Neighborhood Library, located at the corner of  24th and L streets NW, just blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station, is accepting applications for a few volunteer opportunities.  Applicants must be high school students between the ages of 14-18 and be able to commit to 2-5 hours each week for at least 3 months.  Please call Becky or Bill at (202) 724 8707 to schedule an appointment. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday, 1:00p.m – 9:00p.m and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30a.m -5:30p.m.   

For more information about volunteering at the District of Columbia Public Library, please visit us online at www.dclibrary.org/volunteers.