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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.”

Published on Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Acover of the book Shakespeare the Lodgerpril 23, we celebrate the birthday of the Bard, William Shakespeare. This is a good time to consider the paradox in most biographers' attempts to write a biography of Shakespeare: they have little historical evidence to build on, yet they seek to explain a life of vast significance -- Shakespeare is important for the growth of our language, the life of the theater and the shape of our culture. 

Published on Monday, April 9, 2012

Image of banjo courtesy of Wikimedia commonsD.C. is known as the heart of harDCore and GoGo, but bluegrass?

Most folks don't realize that since the '50s, D.C. has been the urban center for bluegrass. First were the Stoneman Family and related groups like the Bluegrass Champs. During the '60s and '70s, the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene brought a new brand of forward-looking, innovative bluegrass not only to audiences around Washington, D.C., but around the entire country.

Published on Friday, March 9, 2012

Cover for A Princess of Mars, 1917 ed. courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsThis weekend John Carter hits the theaters. Now a lot of you have asked us, “who is John Carter, and what is this about?”

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Author Talk and Book Signing

Published on Saturday, February 18, 2012

There have been some pretty monumental and groundbreaking works important to black history coming from the world of graphic novels over the last few years.  Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece's Incognegro tells the story of an African-American journalist working for a black newspaper based in New York City. Due to his complexion he is able to pass as white, and he uses this to infiltrate Klan groups in the south so that he can report and expose the identities of those under the hoods.

Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Feb. 29 to improve the sewage equipment in order to handle more capacity.  The Library will re-open on Thursday, March 1.  Library users are encouraged to use and can pick up holds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Published on Thursday, February 9, 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 Renaiya.

Floral-patterned shirt: Nordstrom's. Black combat boots: Delia's.

Favorite subject: English

Hidden talent: Singing.

"Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune"

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Film poster for Phil Ochs: There But For FortuneJoin us for the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune on Wednesday, February 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Folksinger "Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s" (allmusic.com). "An unbelievable story of a true believer... one of the greatest the most passionate voices of the 1960's was the first to be forgotten" (philochsthemovie.com).

Published on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Calling All Teens: Learn how to design and sew your own fashions at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.Image of sewing machine

Youth ages 12 to 19 can stop by the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library on Monday, January 30, to talk fashion with professionals from SiNGA, a fashion and textile design program that teaches people how to design, sew and market their own clothing. Learn the ins and out of using a sewing machine, and work your way up to selling your own creations!

Books to Help Us Remember

Published on Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!  As we commit to making changes to better our own lives during the next year, our thoughts can turn to those of community betterment and making the world better for people less fortunate. This was the message of Martin Luther King Jr.