Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

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New Books on Disc

Check out these great new books-on-disc @ Watha T. Daniel:That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo; read by Arthur Morey My Sister's Ex, by Cydney Rax; read by Bahni Turpin and Adenrele Ojo Cemetery Dance, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; read by Scott Brick Fatal Secrets, by Allison Brennan; read by Ann Marie Lee Cutting Edge, by Allison Brennan; read by Ann Marie Lee Satchel: the Life and Times of an American Legend, by Larry Tye; read by Dominic Hoffman

The Scalinata in Literature

I had the weirdest coincidence this last weekend, in that I was reading two separate books that take place in two totally different time periods and both of them mentioned the exact same architectural feature in Rome.

Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Marcus Garvey and Alain Locke

There will be a discussion group meeting on the Harlem Renaissance on Monday, September 14, 2009.

A Few Old Favorites, Rediscovered...

I grew up in Buffalo, NY, right on the Niagara River. When you're a kid, you don't always realize the most obvious facts of your circumstances; after all, you've had no experiences to tell you what is extraordinary (or not) about the place you're growing up in. For instance: I would never have guessed how formative it could be to grow up on the border of another country.

In the News

Farewell to "Reading Rainbow"

You know it's an end of an era when something that you cherished as a child finally ends. Today is the final day of Reading Rainbow on PBS. The show ran for 26 years, and due to financial problems and a change in the philosophy behind PBS children's programming, Reading Rainbow will fade into history.

New Arrivals

8/24/09: Hazards! The Chronicle of Lucifer Jones 1934-1938, by Mike Resnick8/24/09: Down in the Flood, by Kenneth Abel8/24/09: The French Gardener, by Santa Montefiore8/24/09: The Ride, by Brian Macquarrie8/24/09: 10,000 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, Wise Bread Bloggers8/24/09: The Everything Guide to Stepparenting8/24/09: GRE 2010 Princeton Review Study Guide8/13/09: Flood, by Stephen Baxter8/13/09: A Slice of Murder, by Chris Cavender

Towanda's Hot Picks

8/16/09: Mina's Joint, Keshia Ervin8/12/09: Playing Dirty, KiKi Swinson8/08/09: CakeMan, Gregory Dixon8/02/09: ManEater, Mary B Morrison7/18/09: Sisters & Husband, Connie Briscoe7/15/09: Where's There's Smoke, Terra Little7/09/09: Sugar Daddy's Game, Gregory Dixon7/09/09: Return of a Gangster's Girl, Chunichi7/09/09: Married to the Game, Chunichi7/09/09: Gangster's Girl, Chunichi

Book Talk: Evil Genius

It's week three of our in house weekly book talks. Make sure you join us every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Watha T. to hear about the latest crazy thing we're reading. This week's topic was the "Evil Genius." Here's what I picked:Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

The WPA, the Arts and The New Deal

The WPA, Works Progress Administration, was an agency created by the New Deal in the thirties to promote the arts as well as build public works. It was responsible for hiring out-of-work artists to create posters, paint murals and put on plays. The WPA made possible the creation of a set of works of art that reflected a sense of community and social responsibility that made these works unique. It is useful to look back on this less individualistic time when the collective destiny of society was more in focus.

Spooky Books for Strange Children

Are your children a little....strange...? Do you find that strangeness refreshing?