Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011

NobelNovel Destinations is the theme of the Adult Summer Reading Program for 2011. It runs from May 21 to August 6. The Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Library will explore exciting literary landscapes from the world’s best writers – the Nobel Laureates of Literature.

Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

RobopocalypseWho doesn't like a good apocalypse?  The world, tightly wound and ignorant of its imminent demise, is brought to a screeching halt by forces that cannot be contained; humanity is confronted with its own mortality on a global scale.  A reckoning has come, and all of us must come to grips with the consequences of ... whichever thing it is the story is about.  Nuclear fallout, pandemic disease, global warming, or the wrath of God, we eat it up -- the proof can be found in the box office results for movies like 2012, Godzilla, Planet of the Apes and even Wall-E.  

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011

Philip Marlowe Photo

Loners are a breed explored again and again in literature and cinema. If such an archetype exists in order to provoke self-reflection in the viewer or reader, then it would be fair to say that loners are the vessels with which you are forced to acknowledge your own mortality. Without the company of others as a distraction, there is nothing obviating the fact that one day, as we all came from the womb, we are, of course, bound for the tomb.

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011

Forever by Judy Blume

Remember the week you passed around Judy Blume’s Forever to all your girlfriends, covertly whispering and giggling about “Ralph”? Was it Elizabeth's squeaky-clean image or Jessica's wild streak you admired in Sweet Valley High? What exactly did you imagine Turkish Delight to be in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe? Was Holden Caulfield a hero for the youth of today, or simply a spoiled, directionless iconoclast prone nervous breakdowns?

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011

Joyce BryantWednesday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.

"The black Marilyn Monroe," "The bronze blond bombshell, "the voice you'll always remember," Joyce Bryant was a singer/celebrity all of us would have known in the 1950s. With her sexy skintight gowns, metallic-silver hair, incredible voice and "pioneering stances against racial discrimination," it's shocking she's not better remembered.

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011

Painting O'Brien Zerlina Opera The concept of the art appreciation program is to present contemporary artists to our patrons along with their work, methods and vision.

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cover Top Ten Washington DC While walking along Connecticut Avenue for exercise one Sunday afternoon, I decided to pay a visit to the National Zoo in Woodley Park. When I entered the path among the grass and bushes, I felt an immediate sense of release from the stress of the city.

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Students who read over the summer maintain their brainpower and do better in school the following year!  This is why at the library, we always offer incentives for those who read.

Sign up for Summer Reading Club and get prizes.  Sign-ups begin June 1, and to celebrate we are having an all ages party with games, crafts and snacks starting at 4:30 p.m.  If you can't make it, stop by to sign up during the month of June.

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our summer programming schedule is finalized! Please see below for times and appropriate age ranges. Please call if you intend to bring a camp or school group, as these programs fill up! We will also be continuing our regularly scheduled story times and rock-alongs through the summer.

Martha Speaks! Book Club

Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., July 12 through August 23.

Come read books about dogs, do Martha Speaks! Activities, and even meet some real life furry friends courtesy of People Animals Love, a D.C. nonprofit organization providing animal companionship to the community. For ages 4 to 10.

Travel to Asia with Ms. Lorraine

Tuesday, June 7, at 10 a.m. in the Story Time Room.

Travel to Asia through stories and activities.  Recommended for ages birth to 5 years.