Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
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Farewell to "Reading Rainbow"

Published on Friday, August 28, 2009

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.

I grew up a PBS kid. I remember watching Sesame Street, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Reading Rainbow, probably in its very first years on television. One of the episodes I remember vividly was where they read Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. The distinctive African cover art from that book was emblazoned in my mind and I've never forgotten it.

Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/24/09: Hazards! The Chronicle of Lucifer Jones 1934-1938, by Mike Resnick
8/24/09: Down in the Flood, by Kenneth Abel
8/24/09: The French Gardener, by Santa Montefiore
8/24/09: The Ride, by Brian Macquarrie
8/24/09: 10,000 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, Wise Bread Bloggers
8/24/09: The Everything Guide to Stepparenting
8/24/09: GRE 2010 Princeton Review Study Guide
8/13/09: Flood, by Stephen Baxter
8/13/09: A Slice of Murder, by Chris Cavender
8/13/09: Possessing the Secret of Joy, by Alice Walker
8/13/09: Tar Baby, by Toni Morrison
8/13/09: Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/16/09: Mina's Joint, Keshia Ervin
8/12/09: Playing Dirty, KiKi Swinson
8/08/09: CakeMan, Gregory Dixon
8/02/09: ManEater, Mary B Morrison
7/18/09: Sisters & Husband, Connie Briscoe
7/15/09: Where's There's Smoke, Terra Little
7/09/09: Sugar Daddy's Game, Gregory Dixon
7/09/09: Return of a Gangster's Girl, Chunichi
7/09/09: Married to the Game, Chunichi
7/09/09: Gangster's Girl, Chunichi

Published on Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Soon I Will Be InvincibleIt's week three of our in house weekly book talks. Make sure you join us every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Watha T. to hear about the latest crazy thing we're reading. This week's topic was the "Evil Genius." Here's what I picked:

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

Doctor Impossible is the classic definition of the evil genius. Here's just a taste of his cliche, but unique brand of villainy: "When life gives you lemons, you squeeze them, hard. Make invisible ink. Make an acid poison. Fling it in their eyes." Just great stuff here, super heroes vs. super villain. And the fight scenes are awesome.

MW by Osamu Tezuka

Published on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The WPA, Works Progress Administration, was an agency created by the New Deal in the thirties to promote the arts as well as build public works. It was responsible for hiring out-of-work artists to create posters, paint murals and put on plays. The WPA made possible the creation of a set of works of art that reflected a sense of community and social responsibility that made these works unique. It is useful to look back on this less individualistic time when the collective destiny of society was more in focus.

There will be a lecture discussion on the Depression and the Arts that will cover this topic at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library. The event will be held August 24 at 6 p.m. The location: 945 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. two blocks from the Shaw metro at 10th and Rhode Island.

Published on Saturday, August 8, 2009
Village of the Damned Kids

Are your children a little....strange...?

Do you find that strangeness refreshing?

Published on Thursday, August 6, 2009
Julia ChildAs part of our efforts to expand the scope of the blog we're going to be doing a series of articles on here looking at hot topics in the news and how we at the library can help expand your understanding of the topic.

Published on Monday, August 3, 2009
Fish mobileIt's been a busy summer, here at Watha T. (over 9,000, indeed!), and since we've had an influx of summer supplies, we've gone full tilt into our Saturday morning story-time crafts. Last week, we finally replaced our butterfly mobile with an aquatic counterpart, made from rainbow fish and paper-plate jellyfish. Now, when we go to the children's room we really have to fight the urge to hold our breath! Refreshing...

Other projects this summer have included catapults, sun-catchers and Project Runway style t-shirt redecorating with Eric. Last Saturday, we made pinwheels, and this Saturday after story time we'll be making fun monster-face sun-visors to keep off the August heat.

Can you believe it's August already?

Published on Sunday, June 14, 2009

You've seen the images of the outside of the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library. Now come in and take a look at what the inside will look like!

Check out the new interior finishes including furniture, carpet, and paint. Get the real feel of the chairs by actually coming in and sitting on them, right here in the interim library. You also get a chance to participate and make your voice heard by picking the best lounge chair.

It's only here for four days, so don't miss this opportunity!

Monday, June 15: 12:00-1:00
Tuesday, June 16: 5:30-6:30
Wednesday, June 17: 12:00-1:00
Thursday, June 18: 5:30-6:30

You know you want to be there!

Published on Friday, June 12, 2009

Starting next friday, June 19th, and continuing every Friday during the summer our anime clube is going to be showing every episode of Naruto that we've got in massive 5 hour blasts starting at noon. Watch your favorite series again from the very beginning. We'll be giving away Naruto prizes all summer long.

You know you want to be there!