Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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

Published on Friday, April 27, 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 Sherry.


Eighth-grader Sherry is a Watha T. Daniel/Shaw patron who brightens its stacks with her unique, bohemian flair for fashion. Toughening girly basics such as leggings and flats with a distressed army-green jacket, Sherry knows that by mixing it up, she channels what she calls the "unique" and "crazy" fashion ethos of her revered style icons, Nikki Minaj and Rihanna. Her trademark is the charming, fashion-forward headscarf she dons with confidence. Read more about her after the jump.

A Lesson in Car Maintenance

Published on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Car, by DaLee_pl“Your right tire is low on air, Mimi,” my friend said authoritatively. Nonplussed, I peered at the circular mass of rubber that had hugged potholes and puddles and hub cabs, but had never once embraced a single portion of my thoughts.

Until, however, one recent and fateful day when I got a flat so severe I could barely make it to the curb in time to call AAA to rescue me from sheer terror (it was my first flat and I had no idea what was happening). The AAA technician patched up my tire, but neglected to tell me I needed to put air in it. And why should he? Possessing the ability to detect a semi-deflated tire is apparently sort of like breathing, or telling time: every functioning member of society somehow knows how to do it. Everyone, it seemed, except me.

“Should I get it replaced, then?”  I asked nervously, trying to calculate the cost of one tire by how many pairs of Warby Parkers I could have purchased instead.

“…Uh, Mimi,” he trailed off, with that mixture of concern and condescension only friends of several years can get away with. “Tires are filled with air. When they get low on air, you don’t replace them. You just add more air.”