Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Political Conventions and H. L. Mencken

I wisecracked to a friend that I was grateful to have survived the most recent political conventions. Even though my experience of the convention was limited to watching a few important speeches for two nights, nevertheless, it was an event difficult to endure. The abundance of partisan assertions and red meat affirmations of political orthodoxy were a bit much to take.

Good Bye, Miss Jamilla!

It's a sad week in the Watha T. Daniel children's room, because we are getting ready to  say goodbye to Miss Jamilla.Jamilla Coleman has worked in the children's room as a Library Associate for three and a half years, and she will be truly missed.  I sat down with my dear coworker to ask her some questions so the community can get to know her better, even as we send her on her way.

'Pasty' by Iyanna Armwood

Winning Submission, Watha T. Daniel Scary Story Contest for Teens

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library held a scary story contest during the month of October for children and teens.  The prize for the winner of the teen contest was to have their story published on the Library's website.  Here is our winner.--------------------

DC Music Salon

Woody Guthrie and the Early Folk Protest Movement

I don’t like bluegrass. It’s not because it is simple—it is not simple. In fact, the instrumentalists are technically incredible and musically tasteful. This genre of music can be energetic and bubbly and fun for any person, under the right conditions.

DC Music Salon - Woody Guthrie, an Outlaw

DC Music SalonWednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.

Shaw Reading Clubs- Reading the Classics

Saturday Morning and Wednesday Evening Sessions

By popular demand, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will host a second Reading Club that will meet on thelast Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Remembering 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'

It's been 75 years since Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Celebrating Banned Books Week at Watha T.

Oct. 1 through Oct. 6

Can you guess which popular picture book once sparked demands that it be removed from library shelves because it might “lay the foundation for future use of pornography”?  Do you know which children's classics have been challenged for promoting Communist ideas or desensitizing children “to crime related to witchcraft”?

Summer Reading Raffle Winner!

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library extends big congratulations to Rediate Korsa, who won a Kindle Fire in our Summer Reading raffle. This year’s theme was “Dream Big, READ!”