Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Published on Friday, July 23, 2010

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library is closed.  The new library at 1630 7th St. N.W. opens Monday, August 2.  While we're moving, please visit nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. N.W. or Northwest One Neighborhood Library at 155 L St. N.W.  Books can be returned at any DC Public Library.  Mark your calendars: The Grand Opening Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2010

Early Literacy Programming en EspañolWe're all about early literacy at Watha T. Daniel Library. Through our children's programming, we strive to get children ready to read. It's always thrilling when a child who's been visiting the library before she could talk one day shouts out a number or word she recognizes during story time. We like to think we had a hand in that!

As our youngest patrons grow, so do we, with new programming and ways to encourage reading preparation. Spring-boarding off the hugely successful "Mother Goose on the Loose"™ program, Watha T. Daniel Library recently began offering a bilingual version, called "Disfruta y Escucha con Mamá Ganza" or "Mother Goose on the Loose in Español."

Library Opens August 2

Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The interim library closed Tuesday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m.  The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, located at 1630 7th St. N.W., opens Monday, August 2.  Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 28, for the Grand Opening Party from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The new three-level library is approximately 22,000 square feet and features a flexible design to provide inviting spaces for all.

A light sculpture by local artist Craig Kraft will be installed outside the library. 

Published on Monday, July 12, 2010
Sometimes while watching a film with great music, I think, "Wow, I don’t even need the dialogue—I can tell what’s going on just by the music."

Well-written scores and relevant songs help guide the viewer from scene to scene, and establish timing and tone. A brilliant soundtrack—Star Wars (John Williams), Glory (James Horner), Last of the Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman), and Braveheart (James Horner) come to mind—amplifies and hints at the emotions inexpressible through dialogue and photography.

Published on Friday, July 2, 2010

I have had an insatiable sweet tooth all my life. When I'm "full," I mean that I can't have another bite of the main course; there’s always room for dessert. Fortunately I've grown enough to appreciate more than just sweets. In addition, it has become (almost) as delightful to experience a story about food as it is to eat it; whether it's a foodie memoir, a movie, or a work of fiction with sumptuous descriptions, I feel in good company when an artist captures the pleasures of food.