Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
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Spring Edition

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Pepa with paper flowerDay 1: Ah spring! In like a lion, out like a gerbil! Fresh grass, cherry blossoms, and magnolias to sniff. It's really a gerbil's paradise. 

Day 2: Tried to help the teens make rubber band bracelets. They told us chewing the bands isn't exactly helping. We parted due to artistic differences. Maybe making flower pens is where Salt and I can really make our artistic mark. 

Day 3: April fooled the librarians by pretending to be mice. Impressed the kids with some stand up. Shhh...don't tell, but I actually stole the jokes from Animal Antics

Day 4: Salt and I decided we're going to serenade the library staff for National Library Week. What do you think we should sing?

Day 5: Helped the librarians brush up on their French, Spanish, Chinese, ASL, and gerbil squeaks so they can get ready for multicultural and multilingual Dia events.  

Day 6: Ms. Theresa read us You Are a Lion and helped us with our downward dog and tree poses to prepare for our next yoga class

Day 7: Put paws to paper for some poetry writing since April's National Poetry Month. It's pretty easy for an accomplished songwriter and wordsmith like myself. I'm getting a lot of inspiration from Animal PoetryWrite what you know, right? I came up with a haiku I'm going to read at the Shaw Library Poetry Reading:


The Good Gerbil Life by Pepa

Brothers S and P
Gentlegerbils who love to
read, eat, chew, and sleep



-- From the Paws of Pepa
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Previously on the Gerbil Diaries...

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

At Shaw Library, we recently had a special yoga class for children and caregivers with instructor Sarah Alim. Our next class will be on Saturday, May 3, at 3 p.m. If you'd like to continue your child's practice in the meantime or try out yoga at home, the library has many great resources such as:

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

You there! I see you! Step out of the shadows!
 
Gone are the days where we have to hang our heads in shame. No longer should you hide that book cover on the metro, or use your guilty pleasure as a sole excuse to buy a Kindle. I put this call out to my brothers and sisters! It’s time to start a revolution! It’s time to claim our place! It’s the age… of the romance novel!
 

Explore and Discover During National Park Week April 19 -27, 2014

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014
National Park Service

Join the National Park Service, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Public Library, and Professors Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D, and Holly Cowan Shulman, Ph.D., on April 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a lively discussion that will explore the efforts and achievements of interracial women during the Civil Rights Movement that broke down racial and class barriers to mobilize women in America.

Teen Tech Week Wrap Up

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

At Shaw Library, we celebrated this year's Teen Tech Week theme of DIY @your library by inviting teens to bring in their cell phones or other devices for a DIY decorating session.

We provided the baubles, sequins, studs, rhinestone, and decals, and they provided the design creativity.

Check out our teens' fancy new tech!

National Poetry Month Activities for Children

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Poetry display featuring children's poetry books, haiku poems, and a flyer for the Kids' Poetry Reading
April is National Poetry Month! Wondering how you can celebrate? Try some of the following activities to enjoy and spread the love of poetry all throughout the month of April:

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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If you weren't there, you missed one heck of a party!

We made viking shields, helmets and swords, listened to Old Norse music, and tried some crazy fishy dishes.

Party-goers listened to stories of the Gods and Goddesses of the Northmen, played "feed the dragon" and watched a great Viking movie. Quite a few books were plundered from the collection in the raid, and overall it was a successful, glorious day.

See you next time!

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

SaltVikingSalt wanted to drop all you guys and gals a reminder to come out to our Viking Day party Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the Shaw Library children's room.

There will be all sorts of activities, stories, snacks, songs, and even a movie!

We hope to see you there!

Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014

May I be FrankJoin Frank Ferrante on his journey to good health.

Frank is overweight with hepatitis C. He stumbles in the vegan Cafe Gratitude in New York. 

Frank goes through 42 days of a life changing experience by being coached physically, emotionally and spiritually by young staff members. Come and watch a metamorphosis of Frank as he deals with addiction, bad food habits and family dysfunction.

On March 26 at 6:30 p.m., witness this powerful story of change.

We'll meet in the Large Meeting Room in the basement.

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Swap PhotoOur tea swap was a success!

We were excited to have several members of the community attend, many with their large tea stashes in tow! The snacks and tea samples were a big hit...even the kombucha.  

We hope to plan a quarterly tea swap going forward, so keep an eye out for future tea swap announcements. 

-- Jesse Sigman

Spring Forward in Style

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014
woman wearing flower headband teen wearing headband

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