Are you interested in having a say in what services and books the library provides for teens? Do you need a fun way to earn community service hours? Teen Advisory Group meets in the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library teen space every Wednesday from 4:30 -6:30 pm. All youth ages 13-18 are welcome; you do not need to sign up!
Please contact Anina at 202-717-0971 with any questions.
Presented by Jenny of Yoga Activist, this class is perfect for beginners, featuring soothing Hatha yoga and meditation. No one under 18.
Please bring your own mat or towel. Session takes place in the sunny story time room on the first floor.
Kung Fu JazzIn Bruce Lee movies the fighting is so perfectly choreographed it almost looks real. Well, not REAL real, of course, but the way we'd imagine real might look in Hollywood. It would only make sense on screen. Imagine the scene in Fist of Fury where Lee takes on an entire school of assassins-in-training if it were real and not painstakingly planned out. It wouldn't make for a very interesting (or long) film. But we accept that such blatant posturing is the nature of the High Arts when they become commercialized.Imagine if, at a concert at Carnegie Hall of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, all the highly-trained instrumentalists walked onto the stage and started improvising on Bach themes. Unacceptable! Surgically-orchestrated art, free improvisation, structured improvisation—all these forms are valid and have found homes in the music world. I'd like to examine a piece from that second category, an expressionist jazz record made in 1977: Streams of Consciousness by Max Roach and Abdullah Ibrahim. We’ll get to that, but first a little background.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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