Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, November 23, 2012

Friends Book SaleCome to the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library and get some easy holiday shopping done at our Friends of the Library Book Sale. We've got a ton of books that are priced to move between $.25 and $1, and even a table full of FREE books that you can just bag up and walk right out the door. All proceeds support the awesome programming at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library. It's only three hours! So, come early and buy big.

Call for Submissions

Published on Monday, November 19, 2012

Help us brighten up during the dreary monthCastle and the Sun by Paul Klees with art from the Shaw community.  We are looking for submissions from children and teens between the ages of 2-18 to hang in our lower level meeting room.  This room is the home of nightly events ranging from lectures and musical performances to the local ANC meetings each month. 

Art will be framed and then hung during the months of January and February. 

A cheese and grape juice reception will take place for artists and their families on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.  Please turn in submissions to the Watha T. Daniel children's staff.

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

H.L. Mencken as reporterI wisecracked to a friend that I was grateful to have survived the most recent political conventions. Even though my experience of the convention was limited to watching a few important speeches for two nights, nevertheless, it was an event difficult to endure. The abundance of partisan assertions and red meat affirmations of political orthodoxy were a bit much to take.

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's a sad week in the Watha T. Daniel children's room, because we are getting ready to  say goodbye to Miss Jamilla.

Jamilla Coleman has worked in the children's room as a Library Associate for three and a half years, and she will be truly missed.  I sat down with my dear coworker to ask her some questions so the community can get to know her better, even as we send her on her way.

Jamilla ColemanWhat is your educational background?

Winning Submission, Watha T. Daniel Scary Story Contest for Teens

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library held a scary story contest during the month of October for children and teens.  The prize for the winner of the teen contest was to have their story published on the Library's website.  Here is our winner.
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Woody Guthrie and the Early Folk Protest Movement

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jeff Place at DC Music SalonI don’t like bluegrass. It’s not because it is simple—it is not simple. In fact, the instrumentalists are technically incredible and musically tasteful. This genre of music can be energetic and bubbly and fun for any person, under the right conditions.

So it was with some disappointment that I learned one of the most popular programs hosted at Watha T. Daniel Branch Library (the DC Music Salon) would be about Woody Guthrie. A skinny guy in overalls playing a mandolin doesn’t do it for me. At least that’s what I thought.

Published on Friday, September 28, 2012
Woody Guthrie image from Library of Congress LC-USZ62-130859DC Music Salon
Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.


The centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth is being celebrated all over the world this year, including at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center. Guthrie, who was considered by some to be a dangerous political radical, has left us an enormous, fascinating and complex legacy. We intend to explore this and additional areas that other celebrations may ignore -- the perfect way to kick off the third season of the DC Music Salon!

Saturday Morning and Wednesday Evening Sessions

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wednesday Evening Reading Club at Shaw LibraryBy popular demand, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will host a second Reading Club that will meet on the
last Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Both groups will focus on the works of Nobel Laureates in Literature and other classics. 

Published on Monday, September 24, 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching GodIt's been 75 years since Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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