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Spending the holidays with people I want to punch in the throat: yuletide yahoos, ho-ho-humblebraggers, and other seasonal scourges

Absurd Christmas Reads

...because what's more absurd than the holidays?

I love Christmas. Last year I made a Christmas list (pun intended) called Scary Christmas to All which covered holiday ghosts, murder and, um, werewolves. I decided to do another reading list this year, but to focus on the funny and/or absurd side of the holidays instead. Family can be stressful. Escape, and come with me to the dark side.

The Hamlet Fire by Bryant Simon.

The Hamlet Fire by Bryant Simon

Southwest Book Discussion, Sat., Dec. 30, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the next Southwest Library book discussion on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.  Copies of this month's selection, The Hamlet Fire by Bryant Simon, are available at the information desk.

Pleasures of Reading by Alan Jacobs

Sustained Silent Reading

Mondays, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to join us for Sustained Silent Reading at the Southwest Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, and Monday, Dec. 11. Take this time to get caught up on your favorite novel or nonfiction book, magazine or newspaper. Sustained Silent Reading will be held in the lower level meeting room. Bottled water and covered beverages are permitted.

Lisa Shiota, clarinetist.

Music in the Afternoon

Enjoy a special performance at Southwest Library

Join us on Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy music for piano, voice, and clarinet, performed by the Southwest DC Trio, Washington’s newest classical group!

Jessica Spotwood

Editing Your Work

A NaNoWriMo Follow-up

Did you participate in National Novel Writing Month in November? Are you considering your next move? The creator of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty, suggests a 6-week plan for taking a breather and getting your manuscript in shape.


Hair Pop-Up Shop

Southwest Library

Southwest Library is now offering a braiding workshop designed specifically for teens interested in learning how to style hair into braids that stand out from the crowd. Participants get an exciting hands-on one-hour experience with braiding. Teens will learn how to cornrow, single braid and more. Learn to create unique hairstyles you love.   Each participant will use a mannequin supplied. No braiding knowledge is required.   Below is a list of books that we have in the library system:   

White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Southwest Book Discussion, Sat., Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion on Sat., Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.  Copies of this month's title, White Trash by Nancy Isenberg, are available at the information desk. 

Chewed up pencil with NaNoWriMo shield.

The Writer's Den Returns!

Stack your pages at this NaNoWriMo event

Drop into our pop-up writer's lounge for coffee, tea, and contemplation, held weekly on Mondays in November from 5-7 p.m. at your favorite neighborhood Library. Register for NaNaWriMo and get swag to keep you writing. Writing references, WiFi, and library staff will be available in for your convenience, so that you can stack your pages towards your word count goal.

All the Way

All the Way

7 p.m., Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

You are cordially invited to this special screening of the HBO film All the Way, based on the play by Robert Schenkkan. 

The Halloween Tree

Halloween Tales!

Not-so-spooky chapter books for kids

Halloween is my favorite time of year. I spend the month of October reading spooky stories to get ready for the season. But spooky books aren't just for adults. There have been some excellent ones written for children. Here are some that are just the right level of scary for your young reader.