West End
Interim Library

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Book Club Pick of the Month

'The Awakening' by Kate Chopin

The West End Book Club will meet to discuss The Awakening by Kate Chopin, in celebration of March as Women's History Month.  Copies are available a the library.  Please pick one up and join us!

Head shot of Abraham Lincoln

CANCELED: Abraham Lincoln and the Cosmos

A talk on the 16th president as an amateur astronomer

This event has been canceled due to a change in the speaker's travel plans. Commander Kirk R. Benson, Precise Time and Astometry Technical Lead, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, will speak on President Lincoln's interest in the heavens on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the library's meeting room. 

Library Closed February 17

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Sonnet Reading

Celebrating the versatility, longevity, and flexibility of the sonnet form

Sonneteers, unite . . . and join us for a reading from the new Sonnet issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., featuring Washington, D.C.-based poets Holly Bass, Holly Karapetkova and Melanie Henderson. Editor Michael Gushue and Kim Roberts also will read selected poems from the issue, and Deborah Ager will host. Shakespeare, Spenser, and Petrarch as masters of the sonnet will attend in spirit :>)

story time

What Happens at West End?!

From Sign Language Story Time, Thanksgiving Dinner and Movie, to Teen Slam Poetry, 2014 has been full of events. Be sure to check out more events on our online calendar for 2015

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'A History of Dupont Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital'

A talk by author Stephen A. Hansen

Please join us Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room for a talk by Stephen A. Hansen, longtime D.C. resident, architectural historian, historic preservation specialist, and author of A History of Dupont Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital (History Press, 2014).

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Big Brother Is Watching . . .

A discussion of '1984' by George Orwell

The West End Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss George Orwell's classic novel 1984, in keeping with system-wide programming on the topic of government transparency and personal privacy in the digital age. Copies are available at the branch. Please pick one up and join us!

Instant DCPL

7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but dclibrary.org is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.  

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Living Well, Dying Well

A talk on end-of-life planning and care

Dixcy Bosley of Community Hospices, part of the Washington Home family, will speak on topics including aging with dignity the "Five Wishes" legal document Medicare benefits hospice care Join us and learn more on the options for a better way of life at the end.

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