West End
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Something Wonderful

We've Got Magic To Do

American musical theater inside and out

Here in Washington, we’re starting to get into the summer: the 90 degree weather, the building humidity and the drawing call to the beach. The transition from spring to summer, however, reminds me of my favorite awards show of the season: the annual Tony Award ceremony. As you take your last opportunity to review the season’s cast recordings, catch up on show highlights online and make your award predictions, why not pick up a book about this incredible art form?

How Kind!

Kindness and Community

Building Empathetic and Kind Readers through Picture Books

The world always needs a dose of kindness. In these books, ordered from books appropriate for babies and toddlers to older elementary school children, explore how being kind, including others and learning about other people can make our world a better place.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Read It, Cook Eat, Eat It

Pairing Novels with Cookbooks

There is always something eminently enticing about a description of food. A good author brings you right into the kitchen or dining table as they conjure the smell, taste and experience of a good meal. For me, reading about food makes me want to drop everything and experience it myself. Here are three fabulous novels paired with three fabulous cookbooks that’ll take you from your reading nook and straight into your kitchen!


The Shakespeare Society

Please note: The last two readings, dates, and locations of the Shakespeare Society have changed to the following: Tuesday, July 16 | Macbeth Discussion location: West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW Tuesday, August 20 | Titus Andronicus Discussion location: Ris DC, 2275 L St NW For more information, please contact My Nguyen at my.nguyen@dc.gov


The Plato Project

West End Neighborhood Library's Plato Project aims to read and discuss a variety of Platonic dialogues. This is a discussion-based group and there is no preferred translation. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate these discussions. We meet on the first Tuesday* of every month until Oct. 1, 2019. The full reading list is as follows: *In observance of New Year's Day, which falls on a Tuesday, we will meet for January's discussion on January 8. Dec. 4 | The Apology

Dialogue meeting

Dialogue With Neighbors

A Community Conversation Series

Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018. Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.

Women against Power and Women of Power

The Ori Soltes Lecture Series, Spring 2018

The West End Library Friends present "Women against Power and Women of Power," a series of discussions led by Ori Z. Soltes, professorial lecturer in the department of theology at Georgetown University. In any number of readings at our West End Neighborhood Library meetings over the years we have focused on heroic men, but how have women fared? How has the presentation of women heroines—by male and female authors—changed across Western literature and how does this reflect on changes and non-changes in Western culture and civilization?

When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna Marie McLemore

Teens: Check Out LGBTQ YA at the Library!

Looking for a book to read this Pride Month? Check out these LGBTQ YA novels, new and old!


Heroes and Demi-Gods: The Rise and Fall Lecture Series

Kids' Club is our book club for readers ages 5-12. We meet every other Saturday from 2 - 3 p.m. Your child does not have to read the book ahead of time to participate. We will read a selection as a group then play a game or make a project. Children will be introduced to new titles so they can pick a perfect book to read at home. In the course of human religion, history and literature, there have been individuals who are understood to be - or are treated as if they are - somehow more than the rest of us.

Images of the covers of the Teens Top Ten 2016 winners

2016 Teens' Top Ten Winners Are Here!

The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten, chosen by teens, for teens, are out! We have several of the winners in the Teens' section at West End, and if one of the others catches your eye,  the Reference Desk or any staff member can help you put a hold on it!   And for next year...