West End
Interim Library

Mark Greek to speak on his new book on the civil rights movement and struggle for home rule in D.C.

Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mark Greek   Washington DC Protests

Mark Greek, Archivist/Librarian in the Washingtoniana Division at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, will present an illustrated talk on his new book Washington, D.C. Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement.

Mark Plotkin, WTOP Political Commentator and Analyst, hails the book as “a fabulous collection of photos that brilliantly tell the story of D.C.’s journey to become part of America.” 

The talk will take place in the large meeting room on the 2nd floor. Refreshments will be served.  Please join us!

Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

human stain
Please join us for the scheduled talk on Philip Roth’s The Human Stain to be held Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor. The talk is last in the series on the theme of life and strife in literature, sponsored by the West End Library Friends. The presenter is Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University.  Discussion questions are as follows:

1 How does our theme—life and strife—engage the matter of self as the latter intersects that of family and community?

2 What is the relationship between history and personal memory in the shaping of this story?

3 What is the relationship between fact and truth as this story plays out?

"Marcelo in the Real World" by Fransisco X. Stork

Published on Saturday, May 22, 2010

 

From Marcelo in the Real World:

              "'What's the mental music like?' Dr Malone asks. I stop tying my sneakers so that I can think about his question. But it is impossible to put into words what the internal music is like. (I prefer the word "internal" to the world "mental" when referring to the music. The fact that the IM, as I call it for short, is inside my mind does not necessarily mean that it is produced by my mind) What is the IM like? How many times has Dr. Malone asked me that question and how many times have I not been able to answer it?    'Sweet,'  I say.  'It is sweet."

Monday, May 10, 7 p.m.

Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Robert Combs, professor of English at George Washington University, will present a talk on Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying in the large meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us.

Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day Book Cover 
Please join us for the scheduled talk on Elie Wiesel's Day (The Accident) to be held Wednesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor. The talk is fifth in the series on the theme of life and strife in literature and is sponsored by the West End Library Friends. The presenter is Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University. Discussion questions are:

Saturday, May 1

Published on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Civil War ComicWest End Library will be helping to celebrate nationwide Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 1.

Come to the reference desk to pick out your free comic book!

Note: Free comics will be limited to one per person/family, while supplies last. Titles available include: Heroes for Hire, Secret Warrior, Civil War, Thunderbolts, Immortal Iron Fist and more. Not all titles will be appropriate for children.

Published on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring/summer special programs are currently being developed. New projects under works include:

Children's Music and Movement Story Time
Not your traditional story time. Learn how to move your body to the beat as well as gain an appreciation for making and listening to music.

Conversation Circle
Are you new to the English Language? If so, we are developing a conversation circle where you can come and practice speaking English.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Keep some books in the toy box.  Having a positive association with books, or print motivation, is one of the skills that researchers have shown is an important part of a strong foundation for your child's reading.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
For about 60% of our children learning to read in school is difficult.  If they have a positive experience about books and reading, they will be more likely to keep trying to learn to read when when it is hard.  This is because they have a positive association with books and reading.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
When you are reading a book with your child, don't worry about whether you get to finish the book or not.  Engage your child as much as you can, with your voice, by asking questions, talking about the pictures.  When your child loses interest, just set the book down and continue another time.  By following your child's lead, you can help make booksharing a positive experience.  This supports print motivation, a love of books.

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