Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
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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. 

Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ladies of DanceShooting Stars is a peer led hip-hop and contemporary dance class for girls and boys ages 5-12. If you missed their Christmas recital, now is your chance to redeem yourself and get a free ticket to the best show in town! 

Shooting Stars will be performing on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at Watha T. Daniel Library.  This summer, they have topped themselves by writing a theater piece entitled “The Hip Hop Wiz,” which includes lots of awesome original choreography. All costumes and sets are designed and orchestrated by the dancers and their guardians.

Summer Edition

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Salt and Pepa, the library gerbils, begging for a CheerioDay 1: Ah the dog days of summer... Well I don't know what dogs do in the summer besides sweat and drool, but we gerbils have it good. At least Salt and I do. We get to hang out all day in the nice, cool library, and it seems like every day we get even more fans. The librarians tell us not to get too big headed or we won't be able to fit through our tunnel. The kids are in to do Summer Reading not to admire us and tell us how cute we are.

Time to read 'Oryx and Crake'

Published on Friday, August 16, 2013

'Oryx and Crake'I would like to recommend a book to readers who are into post-apocalyptic future dystopian literature, or those who just love author Margaret Atwood. The book is Oryx and Crake.

An oryx I'd heard of, but a crake? Turns out it's a small bird. These words play a different role in Atwood's haunting futuristic novel, where people are named after [non-hybrid] animals. 

A Film Screening @ Watha T. Daniel Library

Published on Monday, August 12, 2013

VegucatedVegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates.

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
free summer meals
Free Meals Served Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


DC Public Library is participating in the Free Summer Meals Program. The Free Summer Meals Program (FSM) is a federally funded program which enables state and local governments to establish feeding sites that offer free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in particularly low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

What libraries are offering the FSM?

Free Annual Credit Reports

Published on Friday, July 12, 2013

Credit ReportHave you recently thought about checking your credit reports? Well, every year you can gain access to a free copy of your credit reports through The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). You can gain access to copies of your credit reports from the three big nationwide credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion every 12 months.

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Adjusting to normal life after Memorial Day weekend for me means stepping out of my own version of heaven that is known as Maryland Deathfest. Maryland Deathfest is dubbed "America's biggest metal party of the year" and it is a promise fulfilled time after time.

Thousands of metalheads from all over the world break out their finest studs, spikes, and vests to flock to Baltimore for four days of soul crushing metal... and it is so, so good. Old friends reunite, new friendships form, and the bands bring their A-game, as masters of their craft always will. Metalheads around the world will be telling stories from MDF for the entire year until the next one occurs, and those stories will accumulate every year, for the rest of our lives.

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