Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Symbol of Her Nation

The Politics of Charisma

 Aung San Suu Kyi  of Burma/Myanmar, symbol of the nation    

Library Gerbils Tell All

Salt and Pepa on Life, the Library, and What it Means to be a 21st Century Rodent

Nearly every morning at Watha T. Daniel Neighborhood Library, you will see small children pour out of story time, toddle up to the children’s desk, and stop dead in their tracks. Once they’ve caught a glimpse of library rock stars, Salt and Pepa, it’s all over. When these two spotlight-loving gerbils decide to turn on the charm, it’s impossible to miss their mesmerized fans laughing, clapping, jumping and squealing in delight. 

Shooting Stars Dance Recital

Come see what all the fun is about on Dec. 19!

Ahriana Merryweather is a 10-year-old phenom who attends KIPP in Northwest D.C. For the past two months, she has been teaching the Shooting Stars dance class at Watha T. Daniel Library on Wednesdays nights.  This class will culminate in a recital on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Ms. Nina: What styles of dance have you been working on at the library?

Friends of Watha T. Book Sale

Come to the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library and get some easy holiday shopping done at our Friends of the Library Book Sale. We've got a ton of books that are priced to move between $.25 and $1, and even a table full of FREE books that you can just bag up and walk right out the door. All proceeds support the awesome programming at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library.

Children's Winter Art Display

Call for Submissions

Help us brighten up during the dreary months with art from the Shaw community.  We are looking for submissions from children and teens between the ages of 2-18 to hang in our lower level meeting room.  This room is the home of nightly events ranging from lectures and musical performances to the local ANC meetings each month. 

Political Conventions and H. L. Mencken

I wisecracked to a friend that I was grateful to have survived the most recent political conventions. Even though my experience of the convention was limited to watching a few important speeches for two nights, nevertheless, it was an event difficult to endure. The abundance of partisan assertions and red meat affirmations of political orthodoxy were a bit much to take.

Good Bye, Miss Jamilla!

It's a sad week in the Watha T. Daniel children's room, because we are getting ready to  say goodbye to Miss Jamilla.Jamilla Coleman has worked in the children's room as a Library Associate for three and a half years, and she will be truly missed.  I sat down with my dear coworker to ask her some questions so the community can get to know her better, even as we send her on her way.

'Pasty' by Iyanna Armwood

Winning Submission, Watha T. Daniel Scary Story Contest for Teens

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library held a scary story contest during the month of October for children and teens.  The prize for the winner of the teen contest was to have their story published on the Library's website.  Here is our winner.--------------------

DC Music Salon

Woody Guthrie and the Early Folk Protest Movement

I don’t like bluegrass. It’s not because it is simple—it is not simple. In fact, the instrumentalists are technically incredible and musically tasteful. This genre of music can be energetic and bubbly and fun for any person, under the right conditions.