Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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. 

Published on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the Friends of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library book sale!Shaw Friends Book Sale

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Friends will be selling deeply discounted hardback and paperback books, DVDs, and CDs. We've got everything from children's books to classics and some full sets of television shows.  Come early for the best selection.

Proceeds from the book sale will help support Shaw library programs, refreshments, speakers' fees and more. 

Published on Friday, September 7, 2012

Jing and Lucienne with strollerOn Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jing and her daughter, Lucienne, visit Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library for story time. What you notice first is their energy: Jing bounds in enthusiastically, a warm smile and friendly greeting at the ready. She pushes a bright-orange stroller bearing many books (to be exchanged for a new bunch) and two-year-old Lucienne.

Lucienne is more conservative (the way of many toddlers), her energy more subtle. A knowing, level gaze; a genial wave; a firm hold on a book. You may catch snatches of her talking with her mother or other members of the three-feet-and-under set.

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