Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Want to be featured on the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library blog because you’re lookin’ fresh to death?

Helmut Newton photographCome visit the library during regular hours of operation to tell the world your style story. After all, the clothes you wear create a narrative about yourself and what you want to present to the world. Accessories can either punctuate or anchor the presentation. So, are you a free-verse anything goes rhythmic essay, a la Gertrude Stein? Or a cynical Bret Easton Ellis novel in your ascot and sneer? Are you a stunning libretto in that mint-green peignoir? What’s your story? We’re ready to hear it – and see it.

Published on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween is a favorite of the staff at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.  Luckily, the library will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, October 31, so please come celebrate with us between school and trick-or-treating.  We will be passing out treats, and will have crafts, spooky stories and face painting for all ages from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Come in costume, so we can see how cute you are!

Also, bring your carved pumpkins.  We will display them behind our front circulation desk, and a prize will be awarded for the best pumpkin. 

The Hall-o-wiener by Dav Pilkey

Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Picture of Young Walt Whitman I was relaxing at the well-known coffee shop in Adam’s Morgan on a day off when I began to reflect upon how useful and how American the institution of the coffee shop can be. The coffee shop is a very open type of establishment where anyone can come in without a reservation and enjoy a cup of coffee, sit anywhere they want and enjoy reading, people-watching or conversation with others. There are no strict rules, and one stays as long as one wishes.

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sorry if I dropped off the face of the earth the last few weeks.  I've been reading up a storm.  Here's what's been in my bookbag.  If they sound interesting to you, please do check them out. 

The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Published on Saturday, August 20, 2011

Embassytown Book Cover

Published on Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dance with Dragons coverOn Thursday I finally finished my month-long reading of the new George R.R. Martin book, A Dance with Dragons. And while I could sit down right now and reveal a ton of spoilers, I will instead take a different road and talk about the overarching story themes across all five novels that I’ve only just realized.

Published on Thursday, August 4, 2011

We here at Shaw Library hope you are having a super summer, and that you took the time to enjoy books with your little one during the break. Children who read over the summer not only maintain their reading levels, but learn to read for enjoyment. Now is the time to bring your child in to pick a out a book of their choosing, before homework starts to encroach on precious free time. The freedom to follow their own interests and tastes on books is such a powerful motivator, leading to a lifetime of reading.

Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kathleen Hanna ponders the intersection between Coco Chanel and literature

Published on Thursday, July 14, 2011

We love our babies.  We see hundreds of parents, caregivers and children a week at Watha T. Daniel, and we see a lot of people bringing children to every program we offer. While that seems like a great way to spend the day, it may not be the right thing for your child. 

Each of our programs is carefully constructed to provide the right experience for children who are at specific different stages of development verbally, educationally and socially. Children who are too young or too old for a program will not be getting the right social experience for their age group. So to help you choose the right programs for your child, here are the recommendations about which programs are geared to which age groups and why. 

Ages Birth to 2 Years Old