Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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?

Published on Friday, May 14, 2010

Image of photographerThe new Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, located at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue, NW, opens this summer. The new Shaw library will feature a large photo mural depicting 300 faces of the Shaw community. If you would like your face to be included in the mural, please come to the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library, Monday, May 17, from 4-5:30 pm. We will have a photographer 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 a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of your neighborhood library, literally!

For more info, contact Martha.Saccocio@dc.gov.

Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If you've ever witnessed a "bridezilla" giving a verbal smack-down to her cowering fiancé on a wedding reality TV show, then you know that weddings and the women who plan them have gotten a bad rap lately.

Published on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spartacus statue by Denis Foyatier from WikipediaThe other day I was watching the new Spartacus series on cable and that got me to read the article about Spartacus on Wikipedia, which in turn got me reading the article about the Third Servile War.

Published on Saturday, April 10, 2010

I love getting the NPR updates on my Facebook, because I'll find fabulous gems like this article about the new underground bunker company Vivos. Make sure to watch the video as well.

Published on Friday, April 9, 2010

cover art big girls do cry by carl weberBig Girls Do Cry
Carl Weber
Dafina Books, 2010

Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010

 Alcott in Her Own TimeWhat attracts us so to biographies? When a college student, I always went right to the biographies of major figures of an era to spice up my research on a historical topic. The broad outlines of history are fine, but it is the life course of the actors of history that compelled my attention. The exploration of one life history, examining the motives and conflicts of a single well-known leader, illumines the landscape of our understanding and allows history to make sense. The root of this interest may be that we are biological creatures who are born, grow and eventually die.

Published on Saturday, March 6, 2010

The other day I took a photo of the front entrance of the new Watha T. Daniel building. Shortly after I took that picture I went to the construction page to see the drawings of the building and how it compared to the reality of the building. I was totally shocked to see how completely similar they were to each other, and I think you will be as well. Check out this side by side photo and drawing array and get a feeling for the new Watha T. Daniel Library.

Drawing of completed Watha T. Daniel Library entrance

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Catalog entry for The LoraxDid you know that we're celebrating Dr. Seuss all week at DC Public Library? All around the city, libraries are hosting story times, crafts and programs to commemorate the work of this highly imaginative, alliterative author.