Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

Staff as a Resource -- Part 4

Published on Monday, July 16, 2012

Nick HirschNick Hirsch, a friendly presence at the library's checkout desk, just graduated with a B.A. honors degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He went through much tension and turmoil studying for his finals, applying and appearing for interviews all over the country and working almost full time at the library. However he maintained a dignified and professional outlook at the library, with a cheerful word and smile for the customers who came through.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

hourglassA riddle for you:

This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

-Gollum, from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The answer, of course, is time. On a grand scale, one has to acknowledge that time ultimately catches up with us all. There is no cheat, no invisibility cloak that permanently shields us from the effects of time.

Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Inspired by rapper Big Daddy Kane and the 1985 flick Krush Groove, recent high school graduate Larry, 18, has a personal style that epitomizes classic hip-hop cool. Larry sports his fly gear with confidence, and proudly represents his roots via a pendent necklace shaped as the continent of Africa. No Luddite, he completes his fresh to death look with 80s-era technological gadgets, like a Realistic SCR-12 boom box and a sweet wrist watch with a built-in mobile phone and internet access. When asked to describe his fashion MO, he immediately supplied two words: Funky fresh. Word!

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Caesear is the performance name of a young MC who lives in Rock Mafia neighborhood in Northeast. He is 16 years old and attends Shaw Middle School. I sat down with him to get to know him a little better and find out about his mix tape.

AE: Who are some of your musical influences?

Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Seventeen-year-old Precious has a style that simply oozes rock star cool. A senior at the Washington Math and Science Technology Public Charter School, she cites black as the most foolproof way of looking good, and has a pair of black patent-leather Doc Martens that would make any self-respecting punk rocker swoon with envy. Precious is gearing up to begin college life at Johnson & Wales University this fall, but her ultimate dream is to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to study fashion design. It is no doubt that her effortlessly tough-girl, grunge-cool attire would be a perfect match for The City That Never Sleeps. Read more after the jump.

Published on Friday, May 25, 2012

This is the first post in a three part series about rooms around the house.

bathrooms Photo by Ambro.A sweet silence descends over the din when you shut the door. A sigh of liberation is born. Water is ample, tumbling from shower-heads, from faucets, signifying the spiritual purification found in ablutions. If you are lucky, accoutrements—ranging from good-smelling hand soap to a large mirror with soft lighting on which one can confront all matters of contemplation, amour-propre and self-loathing—adorn and are, naturally, adored.

Staff As Resource - Part 3: Casey Danielson

Published on Friday, May 25, 2012

Casey DanielsonCasey has achieved recognition within the DC Library System as an artist, musician, teacher, photographer, movie director, writer and graphic designer, as well as for his skill in computer technology. These skills make him a valuable colleague as libraries strive to create more content via blogs, webpages, videos and podcasts, provide modern programming, and produce striking fliers and posters to promote library services.

Two special projects of Casey’s deserve special mention.

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sonny StittSonny Stitt, jazz sax legend, passed away in D.C. thirty years ago this summer. An avid disciple of Charlie Parker's, Stitt developed his own style, which influenced John Coltrane and a generation of others.

Stitt's name comes up time and again as a bebop/hard-bop mainstay, but one can't ignore his blues and ballads. We can conclude Ellington would say Stitt's playing is "beyond category."

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012

House of Watha T Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please contact My Nguyen at my.nguyen@dc.gov for more information.

Meet Natasha.

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Natasha is a 16-year-old senior who attends Washington Math and Science Technology Public Charter School. Her edgy, accessories-punctuated style displays the fierce way in which she approaches clothes. Most of her enviably voguish pieces have been procured through thrift stores, which proves that you don’t need to have a lot of bank to look like a million bucks. Read more after the jump.

An interview with poet Victor Estes

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012

Victor Estes is an artist, musician, and poet.  In honor of National Poetry Month, we featured the works of young people who frequent our library.  I sat down to talk with Victor and ask him a few questions about his creative process.

Boys Cry Too
By Victor Estes

The sense of leaving is not enough.
The art of dreaming balance the scale of believing
Who am i? the number one question
In my book of unanswered prayers.
Im not a stone
I do break
        A fallen angel who heart been broken
Im just as loving as you boys cry too.
Another sad song to make me feel better.
But still apart like the comfort in my heart.
Cant leave still captive by these things
Yes I do bleed, I bleed alone.
A bird without wings