Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

The Politics of Charisma

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi speaking to a crowd Aung San Suu Kyi  of Burma/Myanmar, symbol of the nation    

Salt and Pepa on Life, the Library, and What it Means to be a 21st Century Rodent

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

Nearly every morning at Watha T. Daniel Neighborhood Library, you will see small children pour out of story time, toddle up to the children’s desk, and stop dead in their tracks. Once they’ve caught a glimpse of library rock stars, Salt and Pepa, it’s all over. When these two spotlight-loving gerbils decide to turn on the charm, it’s impossible to miss their mesmerized fans laughing, clapping, jumping and squealing in delight. 

As librarians, who generally lack fur and who rarely exercise using revolving wheels, we find these guys can be a tough act to follow. But are we jealous of all the attention they receive? Well, maybe just a little. We decided it was about time to figure out what all the fuss is about. What makes them such a sensation?  What keeps them up at night? What are their hopes and dreams? Some of their answers surprised us, and may surprise you too.

Come see what all the fun is about on Dec. 19!

Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ahriana Merryweather is a 10-year-old phenom who attends KIPP in Northwest D.C. For the past two months, she has been teaching the Shooting Stars dance class at Watha T. Daniel Library on Wednesdays nights.  This class will culminate in a recital on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. 

Ahriana Merryweather Ms. Nina: What styles of dance have you been working on at the library?
Ahriana: Modern, hip hop and some contemporary.

Ms. Nina: What made you want to teach your own dance class?

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.

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.