Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Shooting Stars is Back!

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

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.  Q: What types of skills are you looking for at the Shooting Stars auditon on April 10?

Craft-Along at Watha T. Daniel

Cherry Blossom Print

Spring is finally here, and in D.C. that means one thing: The cherry blossoms are in bloom!So, in the spirit of the season, please enjoy this tutorial for making your very own cherry blossom print.Materials:

DC Public Library Open Today

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The DC Public Library will be open during its regular hours on Thursday, March 7.

STAR back by Popular Demand

Call to sign up today!

Early literacy is not about teaching babies to read, or about teaching young children to read earlier.  Learning to read is difficult for most, and each child learns at their own pace. Rather, early literacy is the sum of the experiences young ones have with verbal and nonverbal communication, books, print and storytelling before they are ready to read. 

'Eslanda' by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson was the wife and business manager of the great musical legend Paul Robeson. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1896 and attended the University of Illinois and Columbia University. One of her first jobs led her to be the first African American to serve as the head histological chemist of Surgical Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Gerbil Diaries Continued....

Pepa hones his craft

Day 1: Valentine's Day has inspired me to take my writing in a new direction.  Trying my hand at poetry.  Finding this new rhyming dictionary particularly useful.

Exhuming Richard III

Now is the winter of our discontentMade glorious summer by this sun of York;And all the clouds that lour'd upon our houseIn the deep bosom of the ocean buried.-- from William Shakespeare's Richard III

Black History Month Apps

February is Black History Month or National African American History Month! In celebration of this month, these three apps can be used to share the accomplishments and achievements of Americans of African descent anytime of the year.  Most of these apps can be used on an Android or iOS. One can be used on any smartphone with Internet access.  The best thing is that they all are free. Download and learn something new!

Why is Plato Relevant Today?

Philosophy Cafe explores The Phaedo

The members of the Philosophy Cafe, a group of lovers of philosophy most of whom live in the Shaw neighborhood, are planning to discuss several Platonic Dialogues during the next few months in a series of meetings every third Monday at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.

We Have A Dream

A collaborative poem from the hearts and minds of Shaw

When I think of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I think of vision, of unity, and the spirit of collaboration.  As a librarian, I think of how public libraries possess not only the power to enhance our capacity for creative thought, but to promote a sense of community. I think of how this rare institution represents one of the last remaining havens for public gathering and critical dialogue.

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