Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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)

Q&A with Salt and Pepa: Part 2

Published on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Salt and Pepa on their logHello everyone! It was terrifying, ghoulish, and ghostly to see some of you at the Shaw Library Halloween Party!

Now that the spooky festivities are over, we're ready to settle down with paws to the keyboard and give you the next installment of questions and answers with us, the beloved Shaw Library gerbils, Salt and Pepa. 

Q: What are you reading now?

Published on Thursday, October 3, 2013

Teen Halloween Come join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. for a fun-filled night of teen Halloween festivities.

Crafts and snacks will be available, and we will be showing a Halloween-themed film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013

Knowledge Commons DC logoWhether you’re a recent transplant to the D.C. area or a jaded veteran, this class will help you dress for success in the District.

We’ll focus on three areas:

Q&A with Salt and Pepa: Part 1

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

This month, we're giving our fans what they really want: answers! We've gotten so many questions from the kids at Shaw that we convinced the librarians to put out a question box so our many admirers could get all their questions in without pushing, shoving, or shouting. Each day, the librarians read us the question of the day, and our thoughtful answers are recorded for posterity (or at least the rest of the day) on our chalkboard.

But, since our fans hail from all around D.C., the U.S., and... the world, we're going to answer some of our most frequently asked questions here today.

Salt and Pepa snuggled upQ: Are you brother and sister?

DC by the Book

Published on Friday, September 13, 2013
Photo of Danielle Evans Photo of Richard McCann

Meet Our Kindle Fire Winner

Published on Monday, September 9, 2013

Congratulations to our 2013 Summer Reading Final Prize Winner... Arjinae!
We interviewed Arjinae and would like to share what we learned about her:

Arjinae, our Kindle Fire winner

What's your favorite thing about Shaw Library?
It's fun, and I can come here a lot. I really like doing arts and crafts and getting to use the computers. 

Published on Friday, August 30, 2013

Pirate party books, snacks, and decorationsIt was a right fine sight to see so many of our readers, frequent story time attendees, and parents at our End of Summer Reading Pirate Party!

Everyone had on their most seaworthy pirate costumes complete with eye patches, bandanas, and sailor stripes ahoy. The older pirates participated in a swashbuckling information treasure hunt, learning about the diet of pirates and their parrot friends, and the meaning of scurvy. There was plenty of lemon grog on hand to ward off the dreaded disease, and some Pirate's Booty snacks so we didn't have to resort to hardtack.

The influence of the "I have a Dream" speech

Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. at march on washingtonThe Aug. 26 Time Magazine declared Martin Luther King Jr. another “Founding Father” in an article by John Meacham. The new title was conferred on King in relation to the success of his vision of a new understanding of the American Creed and our collective mission as a nation articulated in his speech at the March on Washington, 1963.