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Latino Americans by Ray Suarez

Latino Americans by Ray Suarez

Southwest Library book discussion, 1:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library book discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29.  Copies of this month's selection, Latino Americans by Ray Suarez, are available at the information desk.

The World is Waiting for You

Beyond "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Commencement speeches by popular authors for your graduate

It’s almost summer, and graduation is just around the corner for many. Oh, the Place You’ll Go! will be bought for many grads, and with good reason.

Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

Young Women, Real Lives

The experience of being a young woman is its own, whatever other challenges or interests go along with it.  Whether examining nature, negotiating the context of promiscuity or alcoholism, creating meaningful relationships with other women, or simply existing, these eight titles explore that experience with a sharp eye, some leading the reader to laughter and others to tears.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

"The Gene" by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Southwest Library Book Discussion

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion on Saturday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m. Copies of this month's title, The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee, are available at the Information Desk.

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Wednesday is for Writers at Southwest Library

Step into the Circle

Join the community of writers gathering every week at Southwest Library: 1st Wednesdays: Workshop Wednesdays Share your work and get feedback from the group. 2nd Wednesdays: Aspiring Writers Circle A café-style meetup where new and emerging writers get peer support.

Quiet by Susan Cain

Fabulously Introverted

Life at a slower pace

Recent psychological studies indicate that almost one half of the population is composed of persons who consider themselves to be introverts. Until recently, knowledge on introversion was limited, but in the past few years, an increasing number of titles on the subject of introversion have been published. Here are some resources to help you discover more about yourself, someone you know or both.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

"The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman

Southwest Library Book Discussion

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Copies of the May selection, The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, are available at the information desk. Please call the library at (202) 724-4752 for additional information.

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Elizabeth Keckley Speaks: “My Life in Washington”

Celebrate Juneteenth and the life of a White House dressmaker.

Join us at Southwest Library as we celebrate Juneteenth and the life of an important Washington dressmaker.

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Aspiring Writers Circle

A café-style meetup for new and emerging writers.

You are welcome to sip and share at our writer's café.  A place for peer support and networking for new and emerging writers, the Circle is open to playwrights and poets, bloggers and freelancers, children’s authors and graphic novelists, fiction and non-fiction writers.  Join us to take advantage of classes, resources and support offered by the library to help you achieve your dream. The Aspiring Writers Circle meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

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Calling All Poets #poetshare

Join in a community celebration of National Poetry Month.

Celebrate the last day of National Poetry Month by meeting other local poets and sharing your work at the Southwest Library on Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. Every participant is invited to read from their original poetry. Published poets are welcome to bring in bookmarks, business cards, flyers or postcards with information (but no pricing) on how the public can purchase their works.  No books will be sold at the event. Join us in the Meeting Room for tea and celebration.

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