Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Published on Saturday, January 29, 2011

We Gen-X’ers grew up with our lives punctuated by changes in technology. As toddlers, we listened to vinyl records and watched movies on reels, but really we grew up listening to cassette tapes and watching movies on VHS. (“Hey, did you hear the new Guns ‘n’ Roses tape?”) CDs were our first contact with the incredibly dense medium of digital music, which has remained our main source of music even today. DVDs were the video equivalent, being made commercially available in 1997.

Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Handling the Undead cover artWhile I was already going to write about this topic anyway, my bus ride to the Martin Luther King Library today really cemented my resolve.  Sitting on the seat in front of me on the 70 bus was the discarded travel section of the January 23rd Sunday Washington Post. The bold headline Sweden Grabs the Mike was just shouting at me.

Published on Saturday, January 15, 2011

Marita GoldenAcclaimed novelist and memoirist Marita Golden will offer a free eight-week workshop focusing on the personal essay and the memoir. If you have a story to tell about your personal experiences, about the life of someone else, or if you want to learn how to write effectively to express your opinion, this workshop will help you develop and hone the techniques of writing the personal essay.

In addition to learning the techniques of effective nonfiction writing through in and out of class assignments, participants will read the work of published nonfiction authors as well as meet local nonfiction writers who will visit the class and speak about their careers as writers.

Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

There has been much discussion of late about the correct policies of Congress and the administration over taxes. We have seen on CNN and MSNBC how both sides are agonizing over how much to tax the upper brackets and how to stimulate the economy with tax policy. Each side predicts that coming to the correct decision will advance them in the coming election cycle. But there are many indications from political scientists and commentators that effective policy has little to do with voter behavior. Voters actually tend to vote on party lines, perceived economic status and most importantly, sense of the direction of the country, positive or negative. Even when the application of certain policies is shown to create negative results, the same policies are still embraced because they are objects of faith.

Published on Saturday, January 8, 2011

I have just begun the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and I can hardly contain myself from writing about it any longer.

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