Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
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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.

Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The library, in cooperation with Byte Back, is offering free PC Basics computer classes and Office Track classes at Capitol View Library, Anacostia Library, Northwest One Library and Watha T. Daniel Library starting January 3.

You must be a D.C. resident to enroll in this program. All students must present proof of residency on the first day of class to be admitted. To register, call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who complete the course and who qualify (by income) will also get a free computer and free Cricket broadband card, good for one year's free Internet.

If you miss this round of classes, another set will be offered beginning in March.

Partners:  DC Public Library, DC Office of the Chief Technology Office, ByteBack, First Time Computers, Cricket Communications.

Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rant 1

Many books are made into movies, to varying degrees of commercial and artistic success. There are healthy debates on how faithful a movie should be to the book, which I think are fascinatingly pointless. A song about an historical person would never be expected to contain everything about that person. Even biographies that take decades to write can’t claim to be all inclusive. This is how art works. Likewise, a movie based on a book cannot be expected to contain the whole book. A director and a group of actors and film crew may assemble one version of the story, understanding that different movies could also be made from the same material. But going back to the source of my rant…

Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Cat in the HatDr. Seuss (formally known as Theodor Seuss Geisel) was always turning something on its ear, whether it was making eggs and ham green or adding new species to the animal kingdom (see “Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz”). But did you know that he also pioneered the easy reader?

Published on Saturday, December 18, 2010

picture of a spaceshipScience fiction (SF) has always been a place for us to explore the unusual places where human ingenuity can take us. SF writers have dreamed of worlds beyond the stars, humans traveling faster than light, barriers of languages broken down and amazing devices that can accomplish things that we never would have thought possible. The reality is science and technology are actually leading us down roads that make the technological marvels seen in science fiction books and television a reality, not just sometime out in the far-flung future, but today.

Staff As Resource - Part 1 Eric Riley

Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Oh, yes, he is the manager of the Watha T. Daniel Library.  And, yes, the Library Journal selected him for the Movers and Shakers Award for 2010.

Published on Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw library recently offered an eight-week course on Bollywood Dance by dancer/teacher Mrs. Kumud Mathur.

Published on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Google BooksThank you digital books!

It seems the era of eBooks has finally hit its stride.  We've got a number of options open to us for electronic reading, and every week seems to bring more and more.  And you faithful library fans are the ones helping get us there.  I know you're out there looking for those free eBooks, so here's a little rundown of some of the major players out in eBook land. 


Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Blue Dress by Dante Gabriel RossettiThere's a wonderful photography exhibit going on at the National Gallery of Art right now, The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875.  I had the good fortune to get over and see it yesterday, and there were moments that just took my breath away.  To see Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Blue Dress

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tokugawa ReligionMembers of our group house entered into a discussion recently about a possible decline in morality and social discipline in various Asian societies as a result of modernization. The consensus was that those societies are corrupted by the influence from our advanced economic and social order.

Reviewing different Asian countries such as Japan and China, many maintained that moral corruption was the rule when modern social forms emerge. Capitalist commerce, trade and modern communications, it is argued, drain virtue from a people. So a modern national of Singapore or Japan is less moral and less disciplined than one of his or her forebears.