Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Interim Library Closes July 13

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010

The interim library will close Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m.  The NEW Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, located at 1630 7th Street, NW, 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.

It includes:

Published on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Watha T. Daniel branch of the District of Columbia Public Library system is not your typical library. Very rarely do we enjoy pockets of "silence." There are activities all over the small, one-floor, interim building. Five-feet-tall bookshelves section off “different” areas -- children’s, young adult, and adult.

Published on Thursday, June 10, 2010

...Well, maybe they're not really "on the loose." Meet live animals and their handler Rachel on Saturday, June 12, when Wetlands Alive! comes to the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel branch. Kids, teens, and families are invited to come for an interactive, hands-on experience. Have a wildly exciting time at this live show! Afterward, sign up for D.C. Public Library's Make a Splash! summer reading program to earn prizes for reading all summer long.

Published on Friday, May 21, 2010

For our Great Coffee, Great Books book club selection this month we're reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato-Peel Pie Society. I began reading it yesterday and fell so deeply in love that I made it halfway through the novel in an afternoon. Apart from the simple fact that reading letters is a quicker endeavor than reading a narrative story, the book struck a chord in me and I couldn't bear to put it down until I was falling asleep.

Published on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

image of a photographer with cameraHey Neighbors!

For those of you who couldn't make it to last Monday's photo shoot, you get a second chance to be a part of the photo mural for the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library. If you would like your face to be included in the mural, please come to the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library, Monday, May 24, from 5-8p.m. Our photographer will be there taking pictures for the mural. You will need to sign a photo release form to participate, and minors must get the signature of their parent or guardian. This is the second chance for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of your neighborhood library, literally!

Published on Monday, May 17, 2010

When my Dad passed away a few years ago, I was devastated with grief, and driven from home by engulfing memories.  So after work, I began to wander the malls, the stores, the theaters…. I happened on a craft store that held my interest for a while. Browsing around, I noticed classes of all kinds were being offered, and, to while away the hours, signed up for a two-hour class on beading that was starting just then.

And that has made all the difference!

I find this kaleidoscopic world of colors and shapes and sizes and textures absolutely fascinating.  Putting them together transports one into wondrous worlds of creativity.

Published on Saturday, May 15, 2010

image of Lost Season 4 DVD Cover artOf late, I have been completely obsessed with watching back episodes of LOST. To be honest, I hadn't really been into the show until fairly recently (last on a bandwagon), so when I got hooked I had to catch up fast to make it to the series finale. But as much as the story lines, and all the twisty-turny unexplainedness pulled me in, there was one scene in particular that was the absolute clincher for me. In Season 4, Locke has Ben held captive in Ben's own basement. He brings him a plate of breakfast and a book. But what book gets chosen?