Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Published on Friday, March 18, 2011

Cover image of Sadako and the thousand paper cranesIf any country on earth knows about the devastation and aftermath of nuclear events it is Japan. While what is happening now is in its own way unprecedented, the Japanese people are handling the situation with characteristic stoicism and bravery.

Published on Thursday, March 10, 2011

cover art of From the Folks Who Brought You the WeekendGiven recent political upheavals, it seemed a opportune time to explore the history and literature of the labor movement in the United States.

Published on Thursday, March 3, 2011

What is cyber bullying? It is a term that refers to children and teens using social networking sites, cell phones and the Internet in general as a virtual "playground" in which to bully.

Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Picture of Lucky the Library HamsterIf you’re a regular customer in the children’s area, you've probably noticed that Watha T. Daniel Library has a new mascot: Lucky, the pet hamster.

Lucky arrived with our new children’s librarian, Anina Ertel, who joins us after working for five years at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park branch.

Staff as a Resource Series - Part 2

Published on Monday, February 28, 2011
Paul SweeneyMeet one of the treasures of the District of Columbia Public Library – Paul Joseph Sweeney. He can read, write and speak Sanskrit; loves and enjoys Korean pop music; is a student of nonviolent movements around the world; enjoys reading stories to young children; facilitates a Philosophy Café and a History Book Club every month; is fascinated by art, art history and art appreciation; is interested in reading ancient American, European and Asian history; formally studied world religions, theology and information science. The list goes on and on.

Published on Thursday, February 10, 2011

February is a busy time in the children's room.  Almost every child in the District has a report to do for black history month. 

To make the experience even more rewarding, we are offering free tickets to the National Geographic Museum's exhibit "America I Am."  It features photographs and artifacts from slavery to the civil rights movement and beyond.

When your child checks out a book on black history at the Shaw Library during the month of February, he/she will be given a coupon good for one free children's admission plus one half-price ($6) adult ticket.  Children will also be eligible to enter a drawing for a beautiful National Geographic children's atlas.

Selected photography featuring local black history themes can also be seen for free in the lobby of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.


Published on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February iRomare Beardens Black History Month, and, in order to celebrate and educate, we at the Shaw library will be presenting programs for the very young to learn through picture books and art.

The collage styles of Romare Bearden appeal to both adults and children in Washington D.C. Perhaps it is the vivid colors, or the images of family and city life.

Published on Friday, February 4, 2011

John Adams book coverBecause David McCullough’s book on John Adams was the choice for the History Book Club discussion, I began to read this excellent biography one evening a few nights ago, and my sense of excitement grew with reading. Certain themes concerning leadership and John Adams jumped out at me, and I could see how to apply those lessons to contemporary leaders of revolutionary movements.