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Repairs to Southeast's Front Entrance Coming in August

In order to better serve the public, the front entrance of the Southeast Library will undergo repairs and upgrades this August. This work will consist of replacing the front door and installing security controls.  Work will take place between Thursday, August 14 and Monday, August 25. The preliminary work schedule is as follows: Thursday, August 14 - Work will be performed from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The front entrance will be open to the public. Friday, August 15 - Work will be performed from 6 to 9 a.m. The front entrance will be open to the public. 

Southeast Library is Temporarily Closed

Southeast Library is currently closed due to high temperatures in the building. All events today are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Friday Five: Beach Books

Take a Mental Trip to the Beach

If you don't have time to get to the beach, let these books transport you there without ever leaving the city.

Your Friday Five

Foodie Reads

It seems like everyone these days is a self-proclaimed foodie, myself included.  In this Friday Five, I include some of my favorite books that display a person's intimate relationship with food.  So stop eating, and start reading!  Or, as I prefer, do both at the same time!  

Your Friday Five

Young adult titles to make you laugh.

I like dark dystopias, gritty street lit, and tragic tales of heartbreak just as much as the next YA reader. Sometimes it can all feel a bit heavy, though, and that's when it's time to seek out something lighter -- or at least something with levity. If you, too, are looking for stories sure to deliver some laughs (and maybe an occasional tear as well), check out these five titles; I wouldn't call them all comedies, but each of them definitely have a generous sense of humor. 

Literary Hill BookFest Reading Series

Come see Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C."

We are excited about our continuing partnership with the Literary Hill BookFest that is bringing a series of Capitol Hill author talks to DC Public Library locations on the Hill.Our next Reading Series event is Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at Southeast Library with Garrett Peck.

Your Friday Five

The Honest Parents edition

Kids have a way of bringing out the best and worst in their parents. One minute they are writhing around on the floor because they “don’t know how to stand up” and the next minute, they are climbing on your lap because they need a hug. Luckily, there are lots of writers who have managed to find the humor in the absurd, and have chronicled their journey as parents, often times online. Sometimes sweet, sometimes profane, these titles might help you get through those long weekends of sitting at home while your child sleeps in the other room.

Father's Day Crafts

Let's Show Dad Some Appreciation

Sunday, June 15 is Father's Day!  That's the day we get to say "Thanks!" and he gets to love the token of appreciation we just handed over.  The problem always seems to be, "What do I get him?! I don't think he needs more socks."  Luckily for everyone on Saturday, June 14 we have a craft program dedicated to helping you show your old man some appreciation.

Your Friday Five

LGBTQ characters in YA

It's the beginning of June, which means Capital Pride is happening as I type and DCPL has some great upcoming programs and events celebrating the LGBTQ community, including but not limited to:a three-night Pride Movie Week here at Southeast beginning Tuesday, June 10an ongoing monthly LGBTQ Youth MeetUp at Dorothy I.

Pride Movie Fest

In celebration of Pride Month, we will be having a three-day Pride Movie Fest starting Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.  Join us as we laugh, learn, and clutch our pearls with our exciting line-up starting with documentaries surveying homosexuality in Hollywood films and Bayard Rustin's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.