Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Takeout service available Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Closed from 2 - 3 p.m.every day for sanitizing.

The Efficient Life

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm an extraordinarily busy person. I'm constantly trying to balance the myriad components of my work day, the complexities of my home life, and all of my work with social groups. If I didn't create methods of dealing with all of these pieces, my life would completely fall apart.

Japanese and American Art

Many recent discussions of the “end of nature” have stimulated new thinking about our relation with nature. That debate along with our increasing detachment from the outdoors invite reflection on our general cultural orientation toward nature, negative and positive. The way visual artists approach nature may help us develop a more nuanced view of what nature means to us and how we engage nature in our way of life.

Bragging Shaw-Style

It's usually impolite, but sometimes you just feel the urge to brag. I started early when I learned to snap my fingers before my older brother. It’s been twenty-seven years and I haven’t stopped reminding him. Hey, sometimes you have to toot your own horn.

Free Writing Workshops

Due to the overwhelming positive responses received for the I Can Write! Workshop, acclaimed author Marita Golden will lead two eight-week free Writing Workshops for teens 18 and older and Adults at the Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Neighborhood Library.

Shoulda Woulda Shoulda

Free Your Mind for Reading

I would like to talk about psychology for a moment—I promise it relates to libraries.

New Library Opens Today

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library is closed.  The new library at 1630 7th St. N.W. opens Monday, August 2.  While we're moving, please visit nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. N.W. or Northwest One Neighborhood Library at 155 L St. N.W.  Books can be returned at any DC Public Library.  Mark your calendars: The Grand Opening Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mother Goose on the Loose in Español

We're all about early literacy at Watha T. Daniel Library. Through our children's programming, we strive to get children ready to read. It's always thrilling when a child who's been visiting the library before she could talk one day shouts out a number or word she recognizes during story time. We like to think we had a hand in that!

New Watha T. Daniel Library to Open

Library Opens August 2

The interim library closed Tuesday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m.  The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, located at 1630 7th St. N.W., opens Monday, August 2.  Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 28, for the Grand Opening Party from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.The new three-level library is approximately 22,000 square feet and features a flexible design to provide inviting spaces for all.A light sculpture by local artist Craig Kraft will be installed outside the library. 

All Aboard the Soundscape Express!

Sometimes while watching a film with great music, I think, "Wow, I don’t even need the dialogue—I can tell what’s going on just by the music."

Eat Drink Read Watch

I have had an insatiable sweet tooth all my life. When I'm "full," I mean that I can't have another bite of the main course; there’s always room for dessert. Fortunately I've grown enough to appreciate more than just sweets.