Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

National Novel Writing Month Begins Sunday

It's my favorite time of year! Well, after Poetry Month, Earth Day, Pride, Halloween, Christmas, New Year and Easter.... Okay, it's an awesome time of the year! November is National Novel Writing Month. Just like last year, we'll be having NaNoWriMo support groups on Saturday afternoons all throughout November to help you crank through your novel.

Pimp My Bookcart: Opposing Viewpoints

Pimp My Bookcart is a national project run by the web comic Unshelved. I've been wanting to do this project for years, and finally, this last Saturday, I had the great opportunity to work with some of the neighborhood kids and Liz from the Capitol Letters Writing Center and together we all designed this awesome bookcart. Each of us came up with a plan and we brought all our ideas together into one sweet design.

Bose Presents Berlioz

I bought a nice pair of Bose headphones and they changed my life. The sound quality was so good that I decided it was finally time to jump back into listening to classical music. Classical recordings, even the smaller label records, are almost always of extreme audiophile quality. Soon I was hovering over my favorite orchestras again, hearing every nuance and harmonic that distinguishes one version of the Eroica, for example, from the next. In high school I was obsessed with Beethoven, and through

Mad Men at DC Public Library

If you haven't been watching Mad Men on AMC you are missing out on one of the best written, best acted shows on television today. You can get up to speed with Don, Betty, Joan, Peggy, Pete and the crew by checking out seasons 1 and 2 from your local DC Public Library.

Bats at the Library!

At today's story time we read Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. Afterward we made little felt bats to hang around the children's room and to take home.If you want to make a felt bat of your very own it's super simple to do. All you need is    * A piece of felt    * A pipe cleaner

New Books on Disc

Check out these great new books-on-disc @ Watha T. Daniel:That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo; read by Arthur Morey My Sister's Ex, by Cydney Rax; read by Bahni Turpin and Adenrele Ojo Cemetery Dance, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; read by Scott Brick Fatal Secrets, by Allison Brennan; read by Ann Marie Lee Cutting Edge, by Allison Brennan; read by Ann Marie Lee Satchel: the Life and Times of an American Legend, by Larry Tye; read by Dominic Hoffman

The Scalinata in Literature

I had the weirdest coincidence this last weekend, in that I was reading two separate books that take place in two totally different time periods and both of them mentioned the exact same architectural feature in Rome.

Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Marcus Garvey and Alain Locke

There will be a discussion group meeting on the Harlem Renaissance on Monday, September 14, 2009.

A Few Old Favorites, Rediscovered...

I grew up in Buffalo, NY, right on the Niagara River. When you're a kid, you don't always realize the most obvious facts of your circumstances; after all, you've had no experiences to tell you what is extraordinary (or not) about the place you're growing up in. For instance: I would never have guessed how formative it could be to grow up on the border of another country.

In the News

Farewell to "Reading Rainbow"

You know it's an end of an era when something that you cherished as a child finally ends. Today is the final day of Reading Rainbow on PBS. The show ran for 26 years, and due to financial problems and a change in the philosophy behind PBS children's programming, Reading Rainbow will fade into history.