Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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. 

Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eric Gleeking OutThis is where I admit that I have been completely obsessed with Glee, and am going to miss the singing and dancing shenanigans of the Glee kids until they return this fall. The drama and the love triangles are all very fun, but the best part of this show is the music.  And when I say it’s the music, it’s not just the incredible performances from the actors in the show, though they are amazingly talented.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Mother Goose on the Loose children's program is more popular than ever.  Every Friday we see nearly 200 parents, caregivers and children for our 10 and 11 a.m. programs.  It's always an amazing and happy sight to see. 

However, many of the people who come to Mother Goose do not know the rhymes and songs that we sing.  Some of them were not raised with these songs, some of them are not native speakers of English, and some of them just haven't heard them in so long that they have completely forgotten them. 

So to help everyone in learning the rhymes and songs for our program, the staff here at Watha T. Daniel have produced a series of YouTube videos of the most frequently used rhymes in the program.  This doesn't cover all of them, but we have more videos coming down the road. 

Published on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dance with Dragons cover artGeorge R.R. Martin made the big announcement that set all our fandom hearts alight when he posted one word on his website. Yes, that's right.  The fifth installment of the Song of Ice and Fire entited A Dance with Dragons comes out this July.  It was years in the making, but the saga finally continues.  And, just so you know, it's already on order at DC Public Library, so keep checking the library catalog to get onto the waitlist as soon as it shows up.  It'll hit the shelves in about two months. 


Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Huge Empty Amphitheater

I was at the movies the other evening, and the previews came on. I used to just put on my headphones until the feature presentation started, so as not to pollute my daily intake, which was already contaminated by unwanted noise. (Daily Noise is a more appropriate name than Daily News for what many people subject themselves to every day via the radio, the tube and the newspaper (noisepaper?).)

Published on Monday, May 2, 2011

Eugenia Kim AuthorEugenia Kim, author of The Calligrapher's Daughter will present a two-day prose writing workshop on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and Monday, May 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cover of Jayne Eyre bookWhy do we read literary classics? One answer to this question might be that we seek to read the books that are the sources for our current literary forms and traditions. We seek the original thing.

Published on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

We are excited to announce that the Watha T. Daniel Library will be hosting a Girls Rock! Instrument Share.  Come try your chops at electric guitar, bass, drums, DJ equipment, and more. 

The Instrument Share also serves as an informational session about the Girls Rock! DC organization.  Check out this video interview with Ebony Dumas of Girls Rock!, featured on the Kojo Nnamde show:

GR!DC provides a week-long summer camp each year for young women ages 8-18.  Campers form bands and learn about musicianship, artistic expression and self-promotion.  The week culminates in a totally awesome showcase of band talent at the 9:30 Club!  They offer financial aid for those who qualify.  Read more about their summer camp.

Published on Friday, March 25, 2011

In high school my favorite books were not One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or A Clockwork Orange, but Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. This was around the same time that I was into the Cure (a curiously relevant moniker) and the Smiths. Maybe it was a not-all-the-way-goth phase that pushed me toward these moody places—Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soft Cell, The Sisters of Mercy, Cocteau Twins.