Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
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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.

Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011

Triumph of the CityJoin Councilmember Tommy Wells for the first installment of Tommy’s Traveling Book Club, a quarterly discussion group coordinated by the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library. The first book club meeting will be on Monday, December 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Watha T. Daniel Shaw Neighborhood Library, located at 1630 7th St. N.W.

Published on Thursday, November 3, 2011

Door to Door at DC Public Library on Metro ConnectionRecord your story of the place you call home on Saturday, November 19th. This session will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library story time room.

Bring family or friends, photographs and your stories.