Shaw/Watha T. Daniel
Neighborhood Library

Bling Your Baby Contest

Bling Your Baby Contest

Send holiday cheer to the entire community with your hilarious photos!

‘Tis the season of giving, and photos of your babies are number one on DC Public Libraries’ wish list (your children, your pets, your sweethearts).

This Month in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall that physically separated East Berlin and West Berlin came down. The Berlin Wall was built because of a long dispute between the United States and Russia after World War 2. It was built because a lot of people did not want to live in East Germany and the government wanted them to stop them from leaving. Even though Berlin was in the country of East Germany the city itself was separated into a western half and eastern half. It was a huge symbol of the cold war and it stood for 28 years.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Mental Health Awareness

  Mental health issues are a growing concern in the US. These books help explain stress, trauma, the brain’s responses, and the treatment advances occurring in the field. 

Plastic Brain Stretch


How to change your mind

Can our minds grow with practice? If we train hard enough can we become smarter or increase our mental agility? The books in the list below reveal modern occurrences where science has helped improve or change the brains of many people. They address miracles, human evolution, methods of healing, and how we can embrace our differences and thrive with the minds we have.

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Minimalism and Sustainability

This list was created to showcase and examine non-fiction books that feature the minimalist lifestyle. Where in the art world minimalism focuses on simplicity, harmony, and order, the books below represent a cultural shift from high consumerism towards a life of reflection, intention, and utility in every aspect.

Congratulations to Sylva Murtinova - Winner of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest

The Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library would like to congratulate Sylva Murtinova who won first place in the Photography Category of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest! Her photo series is called Detroit. This is Sylva's second Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest award. She was also honored last year when she was First Runner Up in the Photography Category. She said about the series:

Stephen King's It

Evil Laughs in Film

Which villain are you?

DC Public Library’s Evil Laugh Contest is officially underway, and the countdown to our deadline has begun. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick Tock. You have until the stroke of midnight on Friday, Oct. 15 to make a librarian shiver.  

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Haiku Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our Haiku Contest! There were lots of wonderful entries and it was hard to choose, but we were able to decide on three great haiku. Read the winning entries here: Adult - Katrina Moore yearning the day  the soft smiles, visible,  safe without their masks Teen - Comfort Nkop Books are like my home. They open doors to a world. It seems like a dream. Child - Marciane Guilmard Capital I live 

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DC Public Library Haiku Contest 2021

Do you HAIKU? Celebrate National Poetry Month this April by participating in our Haiku Contest! Click here to sign up. En abril,  celebre el Mes Nacional de la Poesía participando en nuestro concurso de Creación de Haiku. Haga click aquí para entrar. 

Wild By Cheryl Strayed

Off the Beaten Path

"Nomadland" and similar Nonfiction

These unique nonfiction titles -- and the individuals behind them -- reflect a pattern that has been growing across the United States over the past decade, as seen also on YouTube videos of #vancamping, #vandwelling, and other related trending taglines. Largely memoirs, these titles capture experiences of living out of backpacks, hitchhiking across the U.S., and creating a life that takes place primarily off the beaten path. The books below are popular titles and a couple have even been adapted into films.