Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library is temporarily closed Friday, Dec. 2 for emergency repairs.

Knitting Circle

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 pm

Join us from 3 p.m. for a knitting (and crochet!) circle. All experience levels welcome, and we will offer introductory instruction to beginners. In-house training materials will be provided, but please bring needles and yarn for your own take-home projects.
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Early Literacy Baby/Toddler Play Date

Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 am

Enjoy homemade early literacy toys with your babies and toddlers, get inspired to make your own at home with every day objects, and get tips on building a foundation for your child to learn and read through play. We will meet from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. For children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.
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The Regulatory Process of Starting a Small Business

Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:30 pm

Are you interested in starting a small business in the District?  Do you know about the necessary regulations to get started?The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. Come and learn about: Business Licensing Corporate registration
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Fringe Music in the Library: Nag Champa

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

Nag Champa is an otherworldly experience in sound - futuristic, noisy, funky, a mashup of house music, jazz, hip-hop, avant-garde, and go-go. The emphasis is on feeling and movement. You have to think, while you dance. Curator :: Luke Stewart Fringe curates free live music events twice a month in the DC Public Libraries sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation.

Coffee & Conversation

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 11:00 am

Join DCPL customers and staff for coffee, conversation, and sometimes even a craft on the fourth Wednesday of each month.   Coffee & Conversation brings together customers from all walks of life in informal conversation focused on relevant and engaging topics discussed over a cup of coffee.  Through this exchange of ideas, Coffee & Conversation promotes the library as a place to meet your neighbors and focuses on what people have in common rather than their differences.   Please join us!
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Poetry Slam and Open Mic

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:30 pm

In honor of Dr. King's talent for oration and moving people with spoken word, we invite youth ages 12-18 to read a poem, sing a song, or just speak their mind.  Refreshments will be served and community service hours will be given.  Hosted by Teen Advisory Group. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room.  
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African American Leisure Activities Discussion and Exhibit with Patsy M. Fletcher & Marya McQuirter

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2:00 pm

Author and historian Patsy Mose Fletcher, Historically African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, D.C., and historian Marya McQuirter will discuss the history of African American leisure activities. A Q&A will follow the discussion.   A photography exhibit related to the discussion will be on view at the Shaw library during the month of February 2017.
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Black History Jeopardy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:30 pm

Test your knowledge about the contributions of Black Americans and win glory!  For ages 6-12, in the children's programming room.  
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Black Power Mixtape

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 5:30 pm

Previously unseen footage of Malcolm X, Stokey Carmichael, Angela Davis and other leaders, set to music with commentary by modern hip-hop artists such as Talib Kweli.  Directed by Goran Olsson.  Adults.
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Make Your Own Protest Signs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:30 pm

Join Teen Advisory Group as they host a discussion about protest movements, such as Black Lives Matter. Create your own protest sign to decorate our Teen Space.  Refreshments will be served and community service hours given for attendance.  We will meet upstairs in teen space.