Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

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A Lesson in Car Maintenance

“Your right tire is low on air, Mimi,” my friend said authoritatively. Nonplussed, I peered at the circular mass of rubber that had hugged potholes and puddles and hub cabs, but had never once embraced a single portion of my thoughts.Until, however, one recent and fateful day when I got a flat so severe I could barely make it to the curb in time to call AAA to rescue me from sheer terror (it was my first flat and I had no idea what was happening). The AAA technician patched up my tire, but neglected to tell me I needed to put air in it. And why should he? Possessing the ability to detect a semi-deflated tire is apparently sort of like breathing, or telling time: every functioning member of society somehow knows how to do it. Everyone, it seemed, except me.“Should I get it replaced, then?”  I asked nervously, trying to calculate the cost of one tire by how many pairs of Warby Parkers I could have purchased instead.“…Uh, Mimi,” he trailed off, with that mixture of concern and condescension only friends of several years can get away with. “Tires are filled with air. When they get low on air, you don’t replace them. You just add more air.”

Shakespeare's Biography Problem

On April 23, we celebrate the birthday of the Bard, William Shakespeare.

DC Music Salon: DC Bluegrass

D.C. is known as the heart of harDCore and GoGo, but bluegrass?

"John Carter" of Mars

This weekend John Carter hits the theaters. Now a lot of you have asked us, “who is John Carter, and what is this about?”Well, I’m glad you asked.

"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.