Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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. 

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?).)