Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
Neighborhood Library

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

Popular program moves to a ticketed system

Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Starting Thursday, March 28, we will start a new ticket system for the 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme music sessions for children ages 0-3. 
Here’s how it works:

Tryouts at 6:30 p.m. on April 10

Published on Monday, March 25, 2013

Shooting Stars is a hip hop and contemporary dance class taught by mother-and-daughter team of Ahriana and LaConteau Merryweather. The classes are for boys and girls ages 5-12 and will be taking place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  

AM Dance RecitalQ: What types of skills are you looking for at the Shooting Stars auditon on April 10?
Ahri: During auditions, we are looking for personality and tenacity. You do not have to already know how to dance but you must be eager to learn.