West End
Interim Library

Published on Monday, January 10, 2011

Oedipus Rex

Please join us for a talk on Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles to be held Wednesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor. The talk is first in the series on the theme of family relations in Western literature, sponsored by the West End Library Friends. The presenter is Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University.

Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010

DC Public Library will be closed Friday, December 24 through Sunday, December 26 and Friday, December 31 through Sunday, January 2.  Anyone with a DC Public Library card may still access online databases and downloadable media during this period since they are available 24 hours each and every day.
Go to http://www.dclibrary.org/research/databases to acccess online databases for children and adults.  The library also offers media downloads from several separate and unique platforms.  Get downloadable versions of books, audiobooks, video and music at http://www.dclibrary.org/books-movies-music/downloads.  You must have a library card to download media from this collection.  In most cases, you must download and use free software, which is provided.

Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010

The West End Book Club will meet and discuss Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll on Tuesday, December 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Discussion questions will be as follows:

Published on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Come and browse West End's cook book collection for ideas for your next holiday feast.



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?