Watha T. Daniel-Shaw
Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010
What attracts us so to biographies? When a college student, I always went right to the biographies of major figures of an era to spice up my research on a historical topic. The broad outlines of history are fine, but it is the life course of the actors of history that compelled my attention. The exploration of one life history, examining the motives and conflicts of a single well-known leader, illumines the landscape of our understanding and allows history to make sense. The root of this interest may be that we are biological creatures who are born, grow and eventually die.
Published on Saturday, March 6, 2010
The other day I took a photo of the front entrance of the new Watha T. Daniel building. Shortly after I took that picture I went to the construction page to see the drawings of the building and how it compared to the reality of the building. I was totally shocked to see how completely similar they were to each other, and I think you will be as well. Check out this side by side photo and drawing array and get a feeling for the new Watha T. Daniel Library.
Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Did you know that we're celebrating Dr. Seuss all week at DC Public Library? All around the city, libraries are hosting story times, crafts and programs to commemorate the work of this highly imaginative, alliterative author.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass. During his childhood, Geisel's mother, Henrietta, would often chant rhymes for him and his sister at bedtime. It's said that Geisel credits his mother for sparking his desire and ability to create the rhymes he is famously known for today.
Published on Saturday, February 27, 2010
Over the last year we've had the wonderful opportunity to work in partnership with some of the brilliant students at Seaton Elementary School. One of the most amazing projects that we did was build a local history page on Wikipedia for the Shiloh Baptist Church. After the students built the page we had them sit down for a Skype teleconference to talk about their experience on the project with teachers around the country.
Take a minute to meet Katherine, Norma, Jackson and Ibrahim, and learn about the work they did for this project. We're all so incredibly proud of them.
Published on Saturday, February 27, 2010
by Joe Hill
William Morrow, (c) 2010
Recently I had the misfortune of being terribly sick, laid up in bed and feeling awful. That said, I was incredibly lucky that I had, mere days before, checked out Joe Hill's latest novel Horns. Had I not been in bed for an entire day I would have not had the luxury of reading the entirety of this book in one sitting, and I would have had to steal every spare moment here and there to dive back into the book and find out what happened next.
Published on Saturday, February 13, 2010
There is no activity that will make you feel as Cro-Magnon as a trip to the grocery store before a blizzard. Your hunter-gatherer instincts are heightened as you search the depleted aisles for water, eggs, bread, milk, frozen pizza and refrigerated cookie dough. Throughout your hunt, you dodge people who either wield their shopping carts like battering rams or cluelessly block your way as they stare gape-mouthed into space.
Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I've absolutely loved spending the last few days at home staying warm and dry from the snow. I spent the time watching movies with friends, baking, and working on a new quilt. We're open today, and if you make it before the next wave of snow hits you can come and pick up some entertainment to help you and your family get through this historic snow storm.
Here are a few wintry suggestions to get you started.
Published on Thursday, February 4, 2010
Author Talk: Kia DuPree
Wednesday, February 24, 6 p.m.
Calling all urban fiction fans! Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library will host award-winning author Kia DuPree, who will talk about her new book, Damaged.
Published on Saturday, January 30, 2010
I have to admit, that when I read in today's New York Times that Electronic Arts is releasing a video game loosely based on Dante's Inferno, I had to both laugh out loud and then consider whether or not I would actually buy this game for myself. Having a PlayStation 3 at home, and having read Inferno for a medieval history class, it is quite tempting to see the, um, differences.