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International Booker Prize: A reading discussion group

Please join me and others as we read and discuss novels that have won the Booker International Prize! We will meet virtually every other month at 6:30 PM ET beginning August 9, 2022. Meetings may last one to one and half hours. The first series will focus on winners from 2016-2018. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 The Vegetarian by Han Kang Translated by Deborah Smith

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Author Talk: The Antiracist Business Book by Trudi Lebron

Please join us on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:30-8:00 PM ET at West End Neighborhood Library for an Author Talk with Trudi Lebron to discuss The Antiracist Business Book: An Equity Centered Approach to Work, Wealth, and Leadership. For more information, please contact my.nguyen@dc.gov. Book info

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Shakespeare Society: The Romances

The Shakespeare Society is a monthly Shakespeare reading and discussion group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. We intend to read and discuss every single Shakespeare play in series-order, grouped in several series reflecting his tragedies, comedies, problem plays, romances and histories. There is no preferred edition. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate the discussion. The group will continue to meet virtually. Please email my.nguyen@dc.gov for additional details.

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Bloomsday: A Livestream

Come celebrate Bloomsday at West End Neighborhood Library! On Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 6:30 PM, we will livestream The Harvard Club of DC's Bloomsday program in the Large Meeting Room. The program will include introductory remarks from Irish ambassador Daniel Mulhall as well as a reading of selected passages from Ulysses.

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2022 West End Haiku Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 West End Library Haiku Contest!  Over 50 library patrons submitted 61 haiku (31 JUV, 29 Adult, 1 Teen). The haiku judging panel was delighted that the submission pool was so strong this year. All participants demonstrated facility in the art of haiku writing and are commended for their excellence. Without further ado, here are the winners: Children's Category First place

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Preteen Video Game Tournaments

Since last December, the West End Neighborhood Library has been hosting Preteen Video Game Tournaments that have catered to the West End neighborhood's middle school students. Every 2-3 weeks, these young gamers have gathered in the library's Large Meeting Room to test their racing skills at Mario Kart or to score a flawless victory against their opponents in Super Smash Bros.  The most recent video game tournament was on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Six preteens gathered raced against each other for the top score in Mario Kart. The Children's Library Associate, Cal, entered the race toward the of the tournament, but his preteen competitors thoroughly trounced him in nearly every round. It's quite hard to navigate the turtle shells, ink splatters, and other obstacles on the track, but several of the preteen contestants maneuvered around them effortlessly.  The West End Neighborhood Library will continue hosting the Preteen Video Game Tournaments on the following spring dates:  Thursday, May 12; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Thursday, May 26; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Thursday, June 2; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Thursday, June 23; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Please check the West End branch's blog for any changes! All tournament sessions will be hosted in the West End branch's Large Meeting Room, unless otherwise noted. The Preteen Video Game Tournaments are open to all children ages 8-12. Join the the fun and show off your skills!   

March Was Women in Horror Month at West End

A celebration of women who write amazing horror fiction

March is Women in Horror Month, and the West End Neighborhood Library celebrated along with libraries and bookstores nationwide. West End Library Staff member Tracy is a major supporter of speculative fiction and horror published and reissued by Valancourt Books, many of which are now available at the DC Public Library. Valancourt Books is an independent small press located in Richmond, VA. They specialize in the rediscovery of rare, neglected, and out-of-print fiction. Check out these Valancourt titles to get started on a horrifying journey:

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Celebrating Bananas!

National Banana Day is April 20 and the West End Library will celebrate! Have fun reading stories and doing activities to celebrate bananas with your children.  

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Celebrating Guide Dogs!

International Guide Dog Day is April 27 and the West End Library will celebrate!

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Celebrating Lunch!

Make Lunch Count Day is April 13 and the West End Library will celebrate! Have fun reading stories and doing activities to celebrate lunch with your children.