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Heritage Quest Genealogy Database

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Heritage Quest

Attention genealogists.  Your search for family history just got easier.

Click on the Heritage Quest genealogy database on the library's website.  Heritage Quest covers more than 25,000 family and local histories,  U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930, over 28, 000 family and local histories, the Periodical Source Index  to more than 2 million articles,  over 80,000 Revolutionary War Pension  & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, and the records of the Freedman's Bank (1865-1874) which was founded to serve newly freed African-Americans.

West End Film Club

Published on Monday, March 1, 2010

Read the book? Now, watch the movie!

The West End Film club will be screening the recent film, My Sister's Keeper, based on the novel by Jodi Picoult, starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.

The screening will be held Tuesday, March 30, from noon to 2 p.m.

Please join us. Light refreshments will be served. 

West End Library Wednesday Evening Book Club

Published on Monday, March 1, 2010

In honor of Women's History Month, the title for this month's book club is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, which examines timeless questions: 

        What does it mean to be a "good" family member?
        What do we owe each other--spiritually, emotionally, practically?

Please join us on Wednesday, March 24th, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion.  Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, February 27, 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sale of gently used books, CDs, and  DVDs ranging from $.25 to $2.50 per item.  Other items are specially priced.  West End Library Friends' tote bags and T-shirts also will be on sale.  Bargains galore!  Proceeds from the sale will go toward the DC Public Library’s citywide 2010 Summer Reading Program. Mark your calendars and help to support this worthy cause.

March 4, 12:30 p.m., Large Meeting Room

Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Please join us for a special screening of Lolita, Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film based on the classic novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, starring James Mason as Humbert Humbert, Sue Lyon as Delores Haze (Lolita), and Shelley Winters as Charlotte Haze with Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty.  The screenplay is credited to Nabokov.  A recent talk on the book was a hit at the library; now come and see the film.  Running time: 152 minutes.

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The discussion of The Hebrew Bible set for Wednesday, February 2, has been cancelled due to snow and rescheduled for Wednesday, March 3.  The discussions of the other works in the series have been postponed and set for different dates as follows:

Pierre Corneille's The Cid, March 31
D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love, April 21
Elie Wiesel's Day/The Accident, May 12
Phillip Roth's The Human Stain, June 2 

The discussions are still to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor and led by Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar of fine art and theology at Georgetown University, on the the theme of "Eros and Eris: Love and Strife in Western Literature."   Copies of the books are  available at the reference desk at the library. 

The Hebrew Bible: Ten Questions for Thought

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead the talk on The Hebrew Bible: Genesis, I and II Samuel, on Wednesday, February 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the second session of the West End Library Friends discussion series on the theme of love and strife in literature.  The talk will take place in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor.  All are invited to attend and join the discussion that will be based on the following ten questions:

1 How might we—how ought we, and how have we historically tended to—allocate responsibility for disobeying God to Adam and Eve? (Gen 2-3)

2 How exactly are we to understand Cain—both his crime and the condemnation that leads to his punishment—both with respect to his own generation and that of his parents and his descendants? (Gen 4)

Celebrate Black History Month

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
12:00 p.m.

Please join us for a viewing of the film, A Lesson Before Dying. This film is based on the award-winning book by the author Ernest J. Gaines. 
Light refreshments will be served.

"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith

Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

When I first read I Capture the Castle several years ago, I fell in love with it from the very first paragraph, which I'll share with you here:

"Lips Touch: Three Times" by Laini Tayor

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Welcome to the very first "Erin's Pick of the Week"! 

I'm Erin Bush, teen services library associate at West End Neighborhood Library and voracious reader.  In this space, I'll be bringing you short reviews of great books--teen books that adults would enjoy, adult books that teens would like, and books that I just plain think are great. 

My first pick is Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor, and I'm not the only one who thinks it's great. It was nominated for a National Book Award for Young People's Literature this year. Lips Touch is a collection of 2 short stories and one short novel. Each story is centered around kisses--mysterious kisses, supernatural kisses, dangerous kisses.