Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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.

Finding Your Roots

Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Family GenealogyFinding family history can be easy and also challenging at the same time. To help you on your quest for family history, the library has access to the following databases:

Baltimore Sun – Historical
Offers full page and article images of the newspaper from 1837-1985. Full text search access to diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.

Published on Monday, May 20, 2013

Losing weight can be a difficult challenge. There is food planning, time for exercise and additional care to certain diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and immune system problems. Here are a few apps that can assist you in making wise choices, good exercise choices and the management of diseases.

A club of revolting distinction

Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl's, The Witches“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.”
-- Roald Dahl 

Join us at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library for a scrumdiddlyumptious summer, full of literary magic, mayhem and mischief.  We will be exploring the works of Roald Dahl, the universally beloved children’s author, whose work has been described as “funny, wise, deliciously disgusting.”  Throughout the summer, club members will investigate the answers to important questions such as:

Wednesday, May 1 from 4-7 p.m.

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

Let us take our baskets early to the meadows green, 
While the wild-flowers still are pearly with the dewdrops' sheen. 
Fill them full of blossoms rosy, violets and gay 
Cowslips, every pretty posy, welcoming the May. 
                                              - Evaleen Stein
Please join us at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library in welcoming the May with our Second Annual Family May Day Celebration.

Warning! This will be a cheerful and spirited celebration of the coming warmer months:

Published on Monday, April 15, 2013

Urban Fiction Book Swap

Do you read Urban Fiction?
Looking for something new to read?
Do you have all the Kiki Swinson books you can read and could let somebody else have one?
Come on down to the Watha T. Urban Fiction Book Swap on Wednesday, April 24 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Artistic Encounters in the National Gallery

Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013

While walking through the West Building of the National Gallery, I found myself in the Early American section of the wing for American/English painting. I was surprised by what I saw in the room that was dedicated to showing Early American Paintings: Simply crafted portraits and landscapes that departed greatly from most rules of fine art.

The relation of that room to the nearby rooms added to the surprise. It was an exhibit room set right next to rooms showing the majesty of the Benjamin West and Copley portraits produced in the grand manner. Instead, here we find a set of portraits and landscapes that depict their subjects in a startlingly simple way. The paintings featured in this room seem more like direct documents of the life of their time. The artists are often called the American "naive painters."

'Naive Painters'

'Lost in the City'

Published on Friday, April 5, 2013

Book CoverEdward P. Jones, local novelist and short story writer, has given us a full picture of Washington D.C. life conducted away from the monuments in his classic collection of short stories, Lost in the City