Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

Q&A with Salt and Pepa: Part 3

Published on Monday, December 16, 2013

Salt and Pepa with their questions boxWinter is coming, friends, and so are more questions and answers with us, the Shaw Library gerbils!

Hey Salt and Pepa - What are you guys doing? You guys are pretty and cool. Love, Anasia
Why thank you, Anasia! This week we're keeping busy by helping the librarians wrap up children's books in colorful wrapping paper as "presents" for kids to check out and unwrap at home. We also helped chew some paper snowflakes for the super cool winter-themed books display.

Published on Friday, December 13, 2013

DuctigamiMany people have heard the stories of the orange, powdery drink Tang being developed by NASA for astronauts or Silly Putty's original use as an eraser. Less well-known is the history of duct tape.

How Will Our Story End?

Published on Thursday, December 12, 2013
NaNoWrimo display

November was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrimo), and at Shaw Library, we gave customers the opportunity to contribute a sentence or two to our exquisite corpse story. If you haven't done an exquisite corpse story before, it's fun and easy to do at home or school with friends.

Urban Myth or DC Music History?

Published on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Led Zeppelin album coverJan. 20, 1969. Wheaton Youth Center up Georgia Ave.

Were you there? 

It's 1969: Man lands on the moon. Half a million strong at Woodstock. Sesame Street makes its debut…. and Led Zeppelin perform in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center on Georgia Avenue in front of 50 confused teenagers.

Or did they?

A collaboration between A Vegan Life and the library

Published on Monday, December 9, 2013


On Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., A Vegan Life and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will be showing the documentary Vegucated

Vegucated follows three New Yorkers who agree to forgo meat and cheese and adopt a vegan diet for six weeks, all while learning more about animal agriculture.

The film will be shown in the lower level meeting room.

Published on Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Sale GraphicAre you looking for romance, history, intrigue, advice, mystery, self-help, biography, science fiction, or just a good read?

Then come by the Friends of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library Book Sale on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.! You'll find hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, DVDs, CDs and materials for all ages on the lower level.

A collaboration between A Vegan Life and the library

Published on Monday, November 25, 2013

Peaceable Kingdom

On Dec. 2 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., A Vegan Life and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will be showing the documentary Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom explores the lives of many who come from farming backgrounds, their connections with the animals they raise, and changes in the way they view their way of life.

The film will be shown in the lower level meeting room.

The Unified Jazz Ensemble

Published on Thursday, November 21, 2013

BalloonsCelebrate Sunday hours at the library on Nov. 24!

Stop by for children's crafts, digital downloads, a Chinese conversation group, and a performance by the Unified Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m.

The Unified Jazz Ensemble (UJE) is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. Founded in 1992, the UJE engages listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions. The Ensemble members include Mike Noonan, John Pineda, Dominic Smith and Tim Stanley.

Published on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Statue of Frederick Douglass Statuary HallFrederick Douglass, whose new statue has recently been unveiled in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol building is being remembered yet again with a new book edited by DC Public Library staff member John Muller. This collection of historical essays was selected by the Library as the book featured in the DC Reads program.

Watha T./Shaw Gives Thanks

Published on Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankfulness tree displaySince Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Shaw Library has brought out our Thankfulness Tree. We invite the Shaw kids to think about what they're thankful for, write it on a colorful leaf, then add it to the tree! Whether it's big or small, serious or silly, we want to read about what makes your life easier, more special, or just more fun. 

Some wonderful entries so far: 

"Story time." --Kaleb

"I'm thankful for my home." 

"My family a home and the library." --Arjinae

"Food." --Salt and Pepa (the library gerbils)