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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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Nightwriters

Gather your tools for quiet writing at the end of your busy day

You are welcome to read, research and write at our quiet space for writers.  In search of “a clean, well-lighted place” to think and write? Looking for a room for quiet research and silent reading? Whether you write long hand or digitally, you are welcome to use this time and shared space to create or organize your notes.  Covered drinks and light snacks are encouraged; phone calls and use of devices without headphones is not. 

The Unwinding by George Packer

Book Discussion: "The Unwinding"

Join us for the Southwest book discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. This month's selection, The Unwinding by George Packer, was the recipient of the 2013 National Book Award for nonfiction. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

The Crying of Lot 49

Nothing To See Here

Books Where Nothing Happens

Seinfeld, famously, claimed to be a show about nothing. The same could be said about the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. While you are in it, you might be engaged and interested, but afterword you might ask yourself, “What happened?” 

Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

Saying Goodbye

Death and Grief in Picture Books

When a little one in your life must say goodbye to a relative or to a pet, processing the emotions that come along with the death of a loved one can be a challenge. Authors and illustrators take on this sensitive subject in a myriad of ways, leaving grievers with plenty of options that reflect many experiences. These 10 picture books explore everything from the practical side of death to the stark range of emotions those left behind may feel.

I Don't Know What You Know Me from by Judy Greer

ICYMI

Celebrity Memoirs You May Have Missed

When the tabloids aren’t enough, we can always turn to celebrity memoirs. Whether you’re a fan of actors, musicians or producers, there is something for everyone. With hundreds out there, it can be easy to miss the good ones. Here are seven fun and interesting accounts from names and faces you know and love.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

#MeToo

Young Adult Fiction about Sexual Assault and Abuse

*Warning: This selection of books (and therefore, descriptions) will include discussion of sexual assault, abuse and other sensitive topics.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

True Comics Starring Women

In Celebration of Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, I thought I'd make a list of some of my favorite graphic novels featuring women. These all happen to be biographies.  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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