Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

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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.”

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.

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

Favorite subject: English

Hidden talent: Singing.

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