Friends of Southwest Library

Friends of Southwest Library We are the civic arm of the Southwest Library. We support the library and its members through book sales throughout the year.
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If you have a young reader who does not want to read to an adult in the house, try asking the child to read to a family ...
04/05/2020

If you have a young reader who does not want to read to an adult in the house, try asking the child to read to a family pet. This pet can be one outside of your household as well. Flynn, the star of the attached photo, lent a helping paw and ear with three human cousins in North Carolina. Their mother called every week to ask if he was available to listen to a story. With the assistance of an adult human, a few cat treats and a speaker setting on the phone, he was a supportive audience. Reading assignments were completed and reading comprehension grew.

Animals are a non-judgemental audience to reluctant readers. Plus, it strengthens family bonds. Happy reading!

04/05/2020

One of the good things about the library being in interim status is that we have a small collection of books donated to us by the community accessible outside of the library. Other Friends groups store their donations in the now locked libraries. We had planned to use these books for book sales when the new library opens in 2021.

Instead we are using the books to supplement selections at the little free libraries in Southwest. Two are along 6th Street (one at Duck Pond) and a third is at Carrollsburg Place. We are also trying to find little libraries in the Navy Yard area. Our books have been in storage for a year so please clean them off before use. We are doing our best to make sure a good selection of books for young children and teens are available.

Take a walk to enjoy the beautiful weather and grab a good book or two. Stay safe.

10/24/2018

Happy Halloween! Meet your neighbors and TREAT yourself to a fun evening at the SW Duck Pond. Candy and games will be provided by local community groups. Don't be TRICKED into missing this neighborhood event. Costumes encouraged!

Visit each of our tables: Amidon Bowen Elementary School, Southwest Library and the Friends of the SW Library, Friends of Titanic Memorial Park, SWNA, SWBID, SW Gardens, The Southwester, Waterfront Academy and Waterfront Village.

Each group will have a game and a treat! This is a free event.

09/05/2017

Our next book sale is September 23rd from 10-3:00 and September 24th from 1:30-4:00. Most books are $1 or less. All proceeds go to library programs. New purchases include new Wii games for seniors, supplies for adult coloring sessions, and supplies for a new science of cosmetology program for teens. Hope to see you there!

06/23/2017
Southwest Library Construction Updates

Our first community meeting with the Design Team for the new Southwest Library will be on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 pm. Learn about the schedule and share your design ideas with the team. Visit dclibrary.org/newsouthwestlibrary for more information.

The Southwest Library, at 900 Wesley Place SW, is being rebuilt. The project is funded at $18 million.View the RFP here. The Library is seeking a team to design and build a high performance new library. The building will be designed to achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design, integr...

06/23/2017

Join us this weekend for our summer book sale. We are open 10-3 Saturday and 1:30-4 Sunday. Most books $1 or less. DVDs and CDs also available and reasonably priced. All proceeds go to Library programs. Recent purchases include the supplies and snacks for after school and weekend children's programming.

06/15/2017

Mark your calendars for our next book sale on Saturday, June 24 from 10-3 and Sunday June 25 from 1:30-4:00. All proceeds go to library programs. Most books are $1 or less.

Donations of books in good condition (no textbooks) may be donated on the second floor across from the elevator. Place on the cart. Receipts are available at the circulation desk.

06/15/2017

Help us kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program! Join us for a 10:30 story time with First District MPD Commander Morgan Kane, read books to specially trained dogs at 1:00 (People Animals Love-PALs program), and end the day with a great double-dutch jump rope exhibit (3:00). Fun crafts available all day.

Also please stop by our neighbors at Christ United Methodist who are having a yard sale from 9:00-2:00. Hope to see you on Saturday!

03/24/2017

Enjoy the great weather and join us at our book sale this weekend! We are open 10-3 on Saturday and 1:30-4 on Sunday! Most books are $1 or less. We have lots of new books donated from all over the city. Hope to see you this weekend!

03/05/2017

Join us at our next book sale on March 25th from 10-3 and on March 26th from 1:30-5! All proceeds go to supporting Children's and adult programming. For example, over the last three months, we've purchased new blocks for the Children's Library, new Wii games for the kids and teens, and sponsored a Women's History lecture on African American women and NASA.

03/05/2017

If you enjoyed the movie, join us on Thursday March 9th at 7 pm to learn the history. Hidden Heroes: African Americans, NASA and the Quest for the Final Frontier. Historian CR Gibbs will be leading a Women's History Month discussion of the amazing women who contributed to our exploration of outer space. Hope to see you Thursday at 7!

The Southwest Library is going prehistoric! Kids ages 3-12 are invited to our awesome dinosaur party Saturday September ...
09/20/2016
Southwest Library

The Southwest Library is going prehistoric! Kids ages 3-12 are invited to our awesome dinosaur party Saturday September 24 at 3:00. Fun dino related treats and activities! http://www.dclibrary.org/southwest

The Southwest Neighborhood Library of the District of Columbia Public Library system originally opened in the wing of the newly built Thomas Jefferson Memorial Junior High School, a public school located in the southwest quadrant of the city. The Southwest Branch occupied ...Read more

Banned books week is the last week of September, 25-30. This is an event held every year to warn of the dangers of censo...
09/19/2016

Banned books week is the last week of September, 25-30. This is an event held every year to warn of the dangers of censorship. Look at these great displays created by our talented staff. Check out our banned books program schedule. http://www.dclibrary.org/southwest

As an extra incentive, sale patrons will receive a lovely herb bouquet made by our awesome librarians from the garden we...
09/17/2016

As an extra incentive, sale patrons will receive a lovely herb bouquet made by our awesome librarians from the garden we paid for but they lovingly watch over. We have a limited supply. The basil smells incredible! Again, doors open Saturday at 10!

Don't forget our sale this weekend! Our children's section is full of great books and priced to move at just 5 for $1 - ...
09/17/2016

Don't forget our sale this weekend! Our children's section is full of great books and priced to move at just 5 for $1 - we want books in their hands not on our shelves! We also added new sections and moved things around a little. Over 3000 new books were added since last sale! Doors open at 10!

08/15/2016

Our next book sale is September 17 from 10-3 and September 18 from 1:30-4:00 on the second floor of the SW Library. All proceeds go to library programs and equipment not covered by the City. For example, we purchased yoga equipment for the library and paid for four guest speakers in 2016.We also pay for the refreshments and most of the supplies for after school and special summer programs. Email [email protected] for more information.

07/18/2016

Meet our new Sergeant in PSA 105 and discuss crime statistics in Southwest. The PSA 105 meeting is Wednesday July 20 at 7 in the SW Library basement. Light Refreshments will be available.

Eat at a Washington, DC Chipotle on Tuesday, June 7th from 11 am to 10 pm and 50 percent of the proceeds from your meal ...
06/07/2016

Eat at a Washington, DC Chipotle on Tuesday, June 7th from 11 am to 10 pm and 50 percent of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the DC Public Library!

Just tell the cashier that you want your order to benefit the DC Public Library. You can also show them this email, or the attached flier. Spread the word to your friends, coworkers, and neighbors.

Sign up for summer reading and be eligible for great prizes. Open to all age groups. Also, don't forget to recommend Books from Birth to parents of children under 5 years of age.

Want more details? Drop by the SW Library at 900 Wesley Place!

05/04/2016

Join us for a Garden Party on May 11 at 1:00 p.m! Help us tend our vegetables, herbs and flowers in the Library garden. Chat with your fellow gardeners and enjoy a refreshing beverage made with freshly picked mint! If it rains, join us in making aromatherapy pouches using herbs from the garden!

05/03/2016

The Neighborhood Legal Services Program will be stopping by the SW Library on Wednesday May 4 at 11 a.m. for a session "Wills, Advance Directives, and Power of Attorney for Seniors". Participants will also learn about other free legal help available to low-income District residents for preparing these important documents. Hope to see you there!

04/03/2016

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us on April 5th starting at 6 p.m.. Frankie the Poet will be creating custom poems for every patron who requests one!

Mark your calendar for the next SWNA meeting on Feb 22 at Arena Stage at 7. Details are attached!
02/17/2016

Mark your calendar for the next SWNA meeting on Feb 22 at Arena Stage at 7. Details are attached!

02/16/2016

Save the Date: Next Book Sale
Our next book sale is April 16 (10:00-3:00) and April 17 (1:30-4) on the second floor of the SW Library. More details will follow but mark the date on your calendars! Funds go to great adult programming like our quarterly local history series and kids programming like the after school clubs.

02/16/2016

The next PSA 105 meeting is at the Southwest Neighborhood library at 7 p.m on Wednesday the 17th. Members of the Metropolitan Police force serving the Southwest quadrant will be available to discuss recent events.

02/16/2016

Attention all library users under 18!

If you know anyone under 18 who loves the library, ask them to respond to this post. Tell us what you love about the DCPL and include your age. On February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. the Education Committee is holding an oversight hearing on the Library system. We will share the posts with the Council because we want them to know how much our great libraries and staff are appreciated!

02/01/2016

We have great Valentine events for kids at the SW Library.

On Feb 10th at 4:30, the Postal Museum will stop by to help the kids make fun Valentines.

On Feb 12th at 3:00, kids ages 6-12 can make Valentine Cards for family and friends.

On Feb 13th at 3:00, kids will be making fun spa crafts.

Mark your calendars!

02/01/2016

Help us kick off our Black History Month program with a lecture from noted historian C.R. Gibbs. He will talk about the trapdoors, church basements, conductors, and stations of the "Liberty Line" that ran through DC. February 4th at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars!

01/12/2016

The next PSA 105 meeting will be on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the SW Library. Members of Metropolitan Police Department will be in attendance to lead the discussion. Light refreshments served.

01/10/2016

Help celebrate Dr. King's birthday at the SW Library on Tuesday January 19 at 6:30 p.m.! The DC Birmingham Jail Players will be reading works by leaders, writers, and activists inspired by Dr. King. Light refreshments will be served!

DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan accepting the Brickie on behalf of the Library. Rich posing with the Presi...
12/09/2015

DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan accepting the Brickie on behalf of the Library. Rich posing with the Presidents of 3 of the 5 Ward 6 Library Friends Groups.

12/09/2015

Mark your calendars for Saturday December 19th! The Friends of the SW Library is sponsoring our first Santa's Secret Bookshop event from 1-2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the SW Library.

Children can select up to two items (books, DVDs, etc), wrap them, and take them home to loved ones! Each child will get a gift bag as a reward for thinking of others. Come out and help us start a new neighborhood tradition!

12/09/2015

Last night was a great night for our Ward 6 Libraries! The DC Public Library won the Civic Pride Award at the 9th Annual Brickie Awards at Eastern Market. The Brickie awards were sponsored by our Councilman Charles Allen.

A special congratulations also goes out to our friends in the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly! Last night their President Bruce Levine accepted the 2015 Community Organization Award on behalf of the group. Overall a great night for Southwest!

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11/05/2015

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Bellevue William Lockridge
11/05/2015

Bellevue William Lockridge

Anacostia library
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Address

900 Wesley Pl SW
Washington D.C., DC
20024

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(202) 724-4752

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I'd love to invite Friends of Southwest Library to register for D.C. Story Circle Project! We'll be holding a story circle on October 11th at King Greenleaf Rec Center on the theme "Change in the Community." Story Circles are a method of gathering people in small groups to tell and listen to true, personal stories. Registration is free - please sign up at