Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Published on Friday, November 5, 2010

An image from JungDr. Quinn will discuss the personal journal and sketchbook of Carl Jung composed during his breakdown just before World War I.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7 p.m.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
1630 7th St. N.W.
Lower Level Floor Meeting Room

Call 202-727-1288 for more information.

Published on Friday, September 17, 2010

Image of android phoneIf you haven't figured it out by now, I'm an extraordinarily busy person. I'm constantly trying to balance the myriad components of my work day, the complexities of my home life, and all of my work with social groups. If I didn't create methods of dealing with all of these pieces, my life would completely fall apart. Being a techie kind of person, I use a lot of software and mobile phone apps to keep myself sorted. Here are a few of my own tips and tricks that you can use, too.

Use a Shared Work Environment

Published on Monday, September 13, 2010

HakusaiMany recent discussions of the “end of nature” have stimulated new thinking about our relation with nature. That debate along with our increasing detachment from the outdoors invite reflection on our general cultural orientation toward nature, negative and positive. The way visual artists approach nature may help us develop a more nuanced view of what nature means to us and how we engage nature in our way of life. Both Japanese and American Artists seem to have an affinity for depicting nature and reflecting on the power of nature.  However the Japanese have a particular reverence for nature based on Taoism and the Shinto religion while Americans have their own approach that is more pragmatic, reflective of our pioneer experience.

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's usually impolite, but sometimes you just feel the urge to brag. I started early when I learned to snap my fingers before my older brother. It’s been twenty-seven years and I haven’t stopped reminding him. Hey, sometimes you have to toot your own horn.

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fingers holding pen to writeDue to the overwhelming positive responses received for the I Can Write! Workshop, acclaimed author Marita Golden will lead two eight-week free Writing Workshops for teens 18 and older and Adults at the Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Neighborhood Library.

The first session focuses on fiction and begins Monday, October 4, through November 22, 2010, and the second eight-week session focuses on nonfiction and memoir and begins Monday, March 7, through April 25, 2011. The workshops run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Free Your Mind for Reading

Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Woman reading a bookI would like to talk about psychology for a moment—I promise it relates to libraries.