Southwest
Neighborhood Library

New Southwest Library Nearing Completion

Construction of the new Southwest Library, at 900 Wesley Place, is nearing completion and will open in Spring 2021. The modern design blends seamlessly with the mid-century modern architecture for which the neighborhood is known. The building will feature:   Environmentally sustainable design with solar panels and a green roof Expanded spaces for children, teens and adults Lots of natural light A variety of seating options  Meeting room for 100+ people 3 conference rooms for 12 - 20 people

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

As Seen on TikTok

Popular Books on #BookTok

If you were looking for something to do during the pandemic, it’s possible you fell into the rabbit hole that is TikTok. Library fans rejoiced when they found Booktok, the bookish community on TikTok that shares books, the struggles of being a reader and plenty of literary humor. This list includes some of the books that show up again and again on the app. Regardless of you’re reading tastes, you’re likely to find something you’ll enjoy in this list.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

What to read next

The A Court of Thorns and Roses series (often referred to by the online book community as ACOTAR) cu

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Let's Play School

Books to help you homeschool and support distance learning

With the world and education paths thrown into chaos over the last several months, you might be at a loss as to how to manage your child’s education. There may be no easy or right answers, but we can look to existing literature for guidance.

How to Walk by Tich Nhat Hanh

Take a Hike

Books on traveling by foot

As the days of the health emergency have continued, many of us have found comfort and happiness in taking in time outdoors. Whether traveling along city streets or taking a break in a wooded park, walking can be immensely beneficial to us humans in a myriad of ways. These six titles celebrate taking the road by foot, from its effects on our mental health to what we can learn spiritually from the practice to how our bodies reap the benefits of simply putting one foot in front of the other again and again and again.

Promise Me Dad

Happy Reading, Happy Voting

Books by current Democratic presidential candidates

If you’re planning on voting in the upcoming Democratic primary on June 2, 2020 -- and did you know you can register to vote at any DC Public Library location? -- you might be working out who it is you’d like to support.

Broken Faith

Cult-ure Shock

Nonfiction books about cults

We may not wish to be caught up in one ourselves, but cults can be endlessly compelling when it comes to reading material. From unbelievable journalistic endeavors to more personal memoirs offering narratives from behind the literal and figurative iron gates of these communities, a number of these stories have revealed the worst of our imaginations and beyond. Check out these titles for terror and hope in some of the most secretive groups history has seen.

Read Feed

Favorite Books Turned into Movies

In this day and age, a reader might be hard pressed to find a book that has not been made into a movie, or several. I tend to read the book first and eventually get around to the movie at a later date. As we all know, sometimes the movie leaves out or condenses the happenings of the book so the story can fit either the director's vision or at least a two hour time frame. Here are my top five books that I have read that are also a movie. 

Sorry I'm Late I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

Beyond Susan Cain's "Quiet"

Books for introverts

With the holiday season wrapping up, us introverts sure are glad the parties are about over. Now, it’s finally time to take advantage of the winter weather and snuggle up with a book or ten. In the list below, find stories with which to commiserate, instruction on making the most of your introverted tendencies, and ideas on how to manage in a world built for our extroverted and ambiverted counterparts.

The Annotated Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Contextualizing "Little Women"

Critical and historical writing on Alcott's classic novel

There’s no doubt of the lasting popularity of Louisa May Alcott’s

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