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William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Society: The Histories

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.

Dr. Ori Soltes

Ori Soltes Spring 2020

The West End Library Friends Present: The 2020 Ori Soltes Classical Book Discussion Series Literature Transformed: From Books to Film

The Plato Project: The Republic

West End Neighborhood Library's Plato Project aims to read and discuss a variety of Platonic dialogues. For fall of 2019 through summer of 2020, we will read all ten books of Plato's The RepublicThis is strictly a discussion-based group and there is no preferred translation. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month until Aug. 4, 2020.


Growing Up Different

We're no longer in an age that hides LGBTQ+ stories. In fact there are more and more stories that celebrate and illuminate LGBT+ lives with dignity and care. Here are five books that truly prove the power of representation.  

Travels with Charley

In a Different Place

Travelogues both real and imagined

As the weather finally begins to cool in D.C. and the rhythm of the school year finally settles in, it can be a great time to think back (or forward) about the summer. If I can't be on the road myself, reading books of journeys both real and imagined help me evoke those feelings of adventure once more.

Haiku contest winner prize bag

Haiku contest winners

In honor of National Asian Pacific Heritage month in May, the West End Library hosted a Haiku Contest for all ages. One winner from the adult, teen and child categories were chosen. Patrons were invited to write a haiku about their love of books, stories, the library, or anything in DC and submit in person at the branch. Prize-winners took home library swag and had their poem posted in the library and on the DC Public Library website!

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Society: NEW DATES

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, 2275 L St NW Both discussions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please contact My Nguyen at my.nguyen@dc.gov


2019 Haiku Poetry Contest

The competition was stiff, thank you all for your submissions. Here are the winners of our 2019 Haiku Contest in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:   Shiek is the bee's knees Well, though she's not the strongest Shulk is my back up      - Jayer Joubert, age 12, child  

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.