Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Why is Plato Relevant Today?

Philosophy Cafe explores The Phaedo

The members of the Philosophy Cafe, a group of lovers of philosophy most of whom live in the Shaw neighborhood, are planning to discuss several Platonic Dialogues during the next few months in a series of meetings every third Monday at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.

We Have A Dream

A collaborative poem from the hearts and minds of Shaw

When I think of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I think of vision, of unity, and the spirit of collaboration.  As a librarian, I think of how public libraries possess not only the power to enhance our capacity for creative thought, but to promote a sense of community. I think of how this rare institution represents one of the last remaining havens for public gathering and critical dialogue.

Your Child vs. Bedtime

Check Out Our New Pajama Story Time!

Happy New Year, friends!  I’d like to invite you to our newest all ages story time, at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Come have your nightly bed time story with other little ones from our neighborhood, and wear your pajamas so we can see how cute you are! (I'm pretty excited to have an excuse to wear pajamas at work.)I am also excited to sift through our picture book collection and pull out the best books for bed time.  What makes the best bed time books?  The answer: Any book your child is excited to read! But here are a few of my bedtime-themed recommendations to try:

Apps for Jobs

The new year has begun and you are a tech savvy professional looking for a job. You're on the run and you have no time to sit at a computer looking for job. Well, jobs come literally to your fingertips with the following apps downloaded to your smartphone, iPad, tablet or iPod.

Check Out These Library Apps

The following apps are for people who love libraries. If you need help with finding books, a library's location or utility programs that will allow you to read e-books, you have come to the right place. Check out the following apps that you can download in the convenience of your home.

The Gerbil Diaries

Pepa's Daily Reflections

When I got to work last Wednesday, I said good morning to our library gerbils, Salt and Pepa.They asked why no one had come to see them the day before. I explained that everyone was at home celebrating New Year’s Day. Salt told me that he had never heard of New Year’s. Pepa wanted to know whether the holiday involved anything in the way of extra snacks for gerbils.

A Children's Librarian's Twelve Days of Christmas

With Some Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to meTwelve toddlers toddling,Eleven people meeting,Ten teens-a-tweeting,Nine-year-olds reading,Eighth graders Googling,Seven staff-a-shelving,Six item orders,Five Story Times!Four hold requests,Three school groups,Two book displays,and a subject heading from the LC!


When the Naughty Get a Little More Than Coal for Christmas

DC Public Libraries has recently acquired Krampus: The Yule Lord, a beautifully illustrated novel based on the legend of Krampus, the dark lord of Yuletide festivites.

Holidays Online

eBooks, Audio, Video and Music

Even if you're far away from your DC Public Library this holiday season, you can still use our digital collections to help you with recipes, stories for the children and music to give you the holiday spirit. Our digital collection has a plethora of eBooks, Audiobooks, Video and Musical titles not only for the holidays but for your general listening and reading pleasure.

Celebrating With Picture Books

Happy holidays everyone!  Getting packages delivered to your door is always exciting.  Here at the library it's like Christmas every day, because we get new books in our mail.It's always fun to rip off the packing tape and peek inside, but it's been especially awesome lately because we have been getting tons of new holiday books.  Here are a few of my recent favorites, kid-tested at story times over the past few weeks: