Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Oct. 1 through Oct. 6

Published on Friday, September 21, 2012

Banned Books Week LogoCan you guess which popular picture book once sparked demands that it be removed from library shelves because it might “lay the foundation for future use of pornography”?  Do you know which children's classics have been challenged for promoting Communist ideas or desensitizing children “to crime related to witchcraft”?

Published on Friday, September 21, 2012

Summer Reading Winner Rediate KorsaWatha T. Daniel/Shaw Library extends big congratulations to Rediate Korsa, who won a Kindle Fire in our Summer Reading raffle. This year’s theme was “Dream Big, READ!”

Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature

Published on Friday, September 21, 2012

J. M. Coetzee PictureLife happens. Life can bring pleasure, and pain. Over this we have no control. What is within our control, however, is the attitude(s) we choose to adopt in the face of existence. 

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