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Join the Washington Home & Hospices for expert advice on caring for a loved-one at home.

Caring for Bedbound and Mobility-Challenged Adults

Caring for an aging parent with Alzheimer's or a loved one struggling with cancer or a life-challenging illness can take an emotional, physical, and financial toll on a family. The Washington Home and Community Hospices in partnership with the D.C. Public Library will be hosting "Caring for Bedbound and Modbility Challenged Adults" an interactive program to empower caregivers in our communities with information and tips that can help provide the best possible care for a loved one who is homebound or bedbound.   

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

'The Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson

Southwest Library book discussion, Saturday, April 25

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Neighborhood Library book discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.  Copies of the April selection, Devil In the White City by Erik Larson, are available for checkout at the information desk.

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Tuesday Morning Computer Classes at Southwest Library

April 2015

You are cordially invited to attend the Tuesday morning computer classes at Southwest Library.  Each two hour session covers a different computer related topic.  April sessions include Internet Basics (April 7) and DC Public Library website (April 21).  Please note classes will not be held on April 14 or 28.

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Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.

Spring Book Sale

2015 Spring Book Sale

Sponsored by Friends of the Southwest Library

You are cordially invited to attend the Friends of the Southwest Library 2015 Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Most titles are priced to sell at $1 or less. ​If you have questions or need further information, contact the Friends of the Southwest Library (

Library Closed February 17

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

PCs for Dummies

Tuesday Morning Computer Classes

Learn about PCs, email, the Internet and more

You are cordially invited to attend the Tuesday morning drop-in computer classes at the Southwest Library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Each week, a different computer related topic is explored. February classes include: Personal Computer Basics (Feb. 3) Introduction to the Internet (Feb. 10) DC Public Library website (Feb. 17) email basics (Feb. 24) For additional information, call the Southwest Library at 724-4752.

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Keep it Live with Exercise

Fitness workshops with Deborah Atkins

Let Southwest Library help you keep your New Year's resolutions! Certified fitness instructor Deborah Atkins will hold a multi-week workshop series on keeping physically fit at all ages. Over the course of several months, she will teach people how to design a low-cost fitness program designed to address total body conditioning (aerobics, strength, and flexibility) to help prevent or maintain chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension and diabetes. All classes will be at Southwest Library at 6 p.m. Let Deborah Atkins physically fit you!

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7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

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Zumba at Southwest

Come join the party!

Zumba returns to Southwest Library, with weekly Wednesday evening classes beginning Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Instructor Roshaunda Jenkins will lead this one-hour fitness and dance workout--all fitness levels welcome!