Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

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Second Annual Shaw Library Vegan & Vegetarian Seminar!

Discover eating to thrive

Many life-saving benefits can be derived from a vegan lifestyle. It has been proven to reverse some chronic diseases and can extend life by up to 10 years! Come explore the benefits and examine strategies for converting from a carnivorous diet to a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. Free vegan samples will be provided by the Woodland Cafe for all who register, and materials about vegan foods and cooking will be available for checkout.


Coffee 101

Are you passionate about your coffee? Do you dream about the perfect cup of Joe?

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7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

Sock Monkey Making

Sock Monkey Mayhem!

Sock Monkey Mayhem was a great bit of fun, where our young participants sewed and stuffed their colorful socks into beautiful little monkeys! Each monkey had a personality as unique as its creator. We learned how to sew on buttons and create colorful pom poms, and our creations were going to be given as gifts to family or teachers, or kept for ourselves! It was very fun program, one that will be repeated in the years to come.

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.  

Knitting Baby Hat

Knitting Club and Charity Projects

The last few knitting club sessions had a lot of new faces learning to knit, and super experienced volunteers teaching others to crochet. We worked on projects such as crochet animals, knitted baby hats, and baby blankets. We also had our first donation of a baby blanket for Knit Forward, a D.C.-based community knitting project, which will be donated to New Heights Program for Expectant and Parenting Students.

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Heartbroken During the Holidays?

Help for enjoying the holidays after the death of a loved one

The holiday season can be a time of magic, wonder and excitement for many, but for those who have lost a loved one, they may be a time of torment, lonliness and misery. On Saturday, Nov. 22 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, in partnership with the DC Public Library, will present a free Loss & Healing Holiday Workshop for anyone who has lost a loved one.

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30 Days + 50,000 Words = Your Novel

What do the novels, The Night Circus, Water for Elephants, and

Author Ruben Castaneda speaks at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

'S Street Rising'

Ruben Castaneda shares his book detailing his experiences as a Washington Post reporter during DC's crack epidemic

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw neighborhood library was proud to host a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 21 by Shaw’s own Ruben Castaneda, author of the book S Street Rising. As a Washington Post journalist during the devastating crack epidemic of the early '90s, Castaneda covered the crime beat.

Shooting Stars Is Back!

Free hip-hop/modern dance class for ages 6-12

Do you have a young dancer in your life?  Encourage their artistic passions by enrolling them in Shooting Stars, a peer-led hip-hop and modern dance class at Shaw Library.Enrollment and try-outs are Sunday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 19 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Subsequent classes will be held on Sundays 2-4 p.m. and will culminate in a recital on Feb. 15.