Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

"The Silence of Our Friends"

Author Talk and Book Signing

There have been some pretty monumental and groundbreaking works important to black history coming from the world of graphic novels over the last few years.  Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece's Incognegro tells the story of an African-American journalist working for a black n

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library to Close Temporarily

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Feb. 29 to improve the sewage equipment in order to handle more capacity.  The Library will re-open on Thursday, March 1.  Library users are encouraged to use and can pick up holds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

House of Watha T, Edition 1

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 Renaiya.

DC Music Salon

"Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune"

Join us for the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune on Wednesday, February 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Folksinger "Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s" ( "An unbelievable story of a true believer...

Sew Fast, Sew Easy: Teen Sewing and Fashion Design

Calling All Teens: Learn how to design and sew your own fashions at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Books to Help Us Remember

Happy New Year everyone!  As we commit to making changes to better our own lives during the next year, our thoughts can turn to those of community betterment and making the world better for people less fortunate. This was the message of Martin Luther King Jr.

Tommy’s Traveling Book Club

Join Councilmember Tommy Wells for the first installment of Tommy’s Traveling Book Club, a quarterly discussion group coordinated by the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library.

WAMU 88.5 Presents an Oral History Recording Session

Record your story of the place you call home on Saturday, November 19th. This session will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library story time room.Bring family or friends, photographs and your stories.

House of Watha T. Street Fashion

Want to be featured on the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library blog because you’re lookin’ fresh to death?

Happy Halloween from Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library Staff

Halloween is a favorite of the staff at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.  Luckily, the library will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, October 31, so please come celebrate with us between school and trick-or-treating.  We will be passing out treats, and will have crafts, spooky stories and face painting for all ages from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Come in costume, so we can see how cute you are!Also, bring your carved pumpkins.  We will display them behind our front circulation desk, and a prize will be awarded for the best pumpkin.