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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

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Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

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Contemporary Philosophizing

Books that address (some of) the age-old questions

For some, contemporary philosophy is unintelligible or unduly occupied by trolley problems or filled by dry-as-dust statements that adhere to the demands of logic but say nothing about human life.

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Now Streaming: Hispanic Heritage Month

Available on Kanopy!

Celebrate Hispanic voices and discover their stories in the Hispanic Heritage Month collection on Kanopy, free with your library card! The special collection of movies and documentaries was compiled by Kanopy staff. For your viewing pleasure, discover titles from Spain, Latin America, and South America in the "World Cinema" section.

Montaigne: A Life from the DCPL catalog

Michel de Montaigne

Books by and about the French Renaissance essayist

At the age of thirty-eight, after spending the first two-thirds of his life in intense political and civic activity, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) retired to his estate to think, read, and write -- to capture his thoughts. In so doing, he invented the essay (or, as he called it, the essai, meaning an attempt, test, or trial). Montaigne's essays were a departure from established, traditional approaches to composition: they were brief and personal, not comprehensive and institutional; idiosyncratic reflections, not discourses on religious, legal, or philosophical topics.

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Summer Reads

Making and discovering history, here in DC and abroad. Returning characters have mysteries to solve and new adventures. Below are a selection of titles I enjoyed reading over the summer months. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

History of Pandemics Lecture, Dr. Charles Pumpuni, PhD of Northern Virginia Community College

History of Pandemics/Outbreak DIY

Dr. Charles Pumpuni, PhD of the Northern VA Community College

As part of the West End Neighborhood Library's Discover Summer promotion in the month of August, Dr. Charles Pumpuni, PhD from Northern Virginia Community College visited the West End Neighborhood Library to present a talk on The History of Pandemics.

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee & Conversation

On Wednesday April 20, 2022 thirteen gathered for the second West End Neighborhood Library Coffee & Conversation program of the year. The group met in front of the Library on a beautiful afternoon, coffee courtesy of the Library. Topics started with shoplifting at GWU and led to comparing trends like Starbuck's and smart phones.   West End Neighborhood Library's Coffee & Conversation is held every first and third Wednesday from 2-3PM.

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation

On Wednesday August 17, 2022 fourteen participants attended the West End Neighborhood Library's Coffee & Conversation program. DC's sweltering weather had abated, and the beautiful day helped to make meeting outside on the sidewalk a pleasure. Politics and social media were the big topics of discussion for the day, and once again talk touched on topic: Is "The News" worse or is the delivery merely relentless? West End Neighborhood Library's Coffee & Conversation is held every first and third Wednesday from 2-3PM.

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Candid Chronicles

Books Like "I'm Glad My Mom Died" by Jennette McCurdy

Known for her iCarly fame as Sam Puckett, child star Jennette McCurdy has debuted as an author at age 30.