Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Ode to the Creative Mess-maker

Or How to Avoid Aggravating your In-laws

Sitting in the car last weekend with my 10-year-old niece and brother-in-law, my niece says to me, “Remember that time when you were living with my mom and dad and you painted your furniture with glitter and it got ALL over the house, and my dad was furious!” “Er…no, I don’t remember that.”  Awkward silence. Gleefully, from the back seat, “Oh, yes. It happened. My mom told me all about it.”

Up and Away With Nick Hirsch

Staff as a Resource -- Part 4

Nick Hirsch, a friendly presence at the library's checkout desk, just graduated with a B.A. honors degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He went through much tension and turmoil studying for his finals, applying and appearing for interviews all over the country and working almost full time at the library.

It Marches On

A riddle for you:This thing all things devours:Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;Gnaws iron, bites steel;Grinds hard stones to meal;Slays king, ruins town,And beats high mountain down.-Gollum, from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe answer, of course, is time. On a grand scale, one has to acknowledge that time ultimately catches up with us all. There is no cheat, no invisibility cloak that permanently shields us from the effects of time.

House of Watha T: Meet Larry

Inspired by rapper Big Daddy Kane and the 1985 flick Krush Groove, recent high school graduate Larry, 18, has a personal style that epitomizes classic hip-hop cool. Larry sports his fly gear with confidence, and proudly represents his roots via a pendent necklace shaped as the continent of Africa. No Luddite, he completes his fresh to death look with 80s-era technological gadgets, like a Realistic SCR-12 boom box and a sweet wrist watch with a built-in mobile phone and internet access. When asked to describe his fashion MO, he immediately supplied two words: Funky fresh. Word!

Caesaer's Road to Redemption

Caesear is the performance name of a young MC who lives in Rock Mafia neighborhood in Northeast. He is 16 years old and attends Shaw Middle School. I sat down with him to get to know him a little better and find out about his mix tape.AE: Who are some of your musical influences?

House of Watha T: Meet Precious

Seventeen-year-old Precious has a style that simply oozes rock star cool. A senior at the Washington Math and Science Technology Public Charter School, she cites black as the most foolproof way of looking good, and has a pair of black patent-leather Doc Martens that would make any self-respecting punk rocker swoon with envy. Precious is gearing up to begin college life at Johnson & Wales University this fall, but her ultimate dream is to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to study fashion design. It is no doubt that her effortlessly tough-girl, grunge-cool attire would be a perfect match for The City That Never Sleeps. Read more after the jump.

Room-inations: The Bathroom

This is the first post in a three part series about rooms around the house.A sweet silence descends over the din when you shut the door. A sigh of liberation is born. Water is ample, tumbling from shower-heads, from faucets, signifying the spiritual purification found in ablutions.

Riffs on Casey Danielson

Staff As Resource - Part 3: Casey Danielson

Casey has achieved recognition within the DC Library System as an artist, musician, teacher, photographer, movie director, writer and graphic designer, as well as for his skill in computer technology.

DC Music Salon: Sonny Stitt, Jazz Legend

Sonny Stitt, jazz sax legend, passed away in D.C. thirty years ago this summer. An avid disciple of Charlie Parker's, Stitt developed his own style, which influenced John Coltrane and a generation of others.

House of Watha T: Meet Natasha

House of Watha T Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please contact My Nguyen at for more information.Meet Natasha.Natasha is a 16-year-old senior who attends Washington Math and Science Technology Public Charter School. Her edgy, accessories-punctuated style displays the fierce way in which she approaches clothes. Most of her enviably voguish pieces have been procured through thrift stores, which proves that you don’t need to have a lot of bank to look like a million bucks. Read more after the jump.