Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

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:

Foundation and Reality

Last week in the Guardian, economist Paul Krugman discussed the books that were the most influential to him and his life.  Much to my surprise, he cited Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy:

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.