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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.

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.