Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library


Back to School Break

Story times will resume mid-September

We're taking a break! From Sept. 8 to Sept. 22, there will be no story times or craft times at the Watha T. Daniel Library. We will use this time for mandatory trainings and to prepare for the new school year. Story times will resume Sept. 23. 

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Wily Young Women

Teen protagonists who live by their wits

There's plenty of fun, smart, brave, or just plain good female heroes to root for in teen fiction, but I'm most drawn to the young women who use guile, cunning, and necessary subterfuge to live, survive, and even thrive. These heroines lead interesting lives that are sometimes tragic, sometimes exhilarating, and sometimes life-threateningly dangerous. But through it all, they use their wits to find adventure, (temporary) safety, joy, and success, secretly defying those who would thwart them or harm them. 

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Celebrate Author Richard Wright's Birthday!

Also, 70th Anniversary of Wright's memoir, Black Boy!

Please join the Hurston/Wright Foundation and DCPL's Special Collections in a celebration of the birthday of Richard Wright and the 70th anniversary of the publication of his memoir, Black Boy.


2015 James Beard Foundation Award Winners

Some of the Best of the Beards

The winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced a few months ago in Chicago. For those unaware of the Beard Awards, let’s just say that they are the culinary equivalent of the Oscars or Grammys honoring the “crème de la crème” of the food world. The awards celebrate the best chefs and restaurants, books, and broadcast media.

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Summer Heroes Tuesdays

Superhero capes at the Library!

During this week's Summer Heroes program, kids got together and showed off one of the best superpowers of all -- their creativity!

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Meet Max Brallier

Author of the 'Galactic Hot Dogs' series

Robots, zombies, hot dogs, video games, cartoons and a princess -- this new book has it all! We are excited to announce an author talk with Max Brallier. Learn about the inspiration for the hilarious comics and meet their creator. Books will be available for sale and signing.    Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 27.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Great Books About Comics

Check out these titles to learn more about the history of comic books!

Summer Reading Club 2015 has begun and this year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” In honor of this theme the library is having a number of programs about all types of heroes, both real and super. There are many great superhero comics, but there are many great books about comics you should check out.These are some of my favorites:

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Interactive Children's Books

Get your child involved in the story!

Whether you're trying to find the perfect, engaging book to use as your preschooler's classroom guest reader or you just want something that'll really grab and hold the attention of your little one, these titles that invite active participation will capture any child's imagination and have them begging you to read them "just one more time!"

Potting Tomatoes

Potting Tomatoes on a Warm, Sunny Day

Farm and fun at Watha T.

After a month of patiently growing seedlings in the bright, sunny windows of the Shaw Library, some of our young book readers joined us to re-pot tomato plants! Each plant is now making its way to a new, loving home, and I can't wait to see the yummy tomatoes they produce!  No matter how big or small the space, each of us can grow sustainable foods! You don't have to have a farm ... to farm!

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Magical Stories for Former English Majors

For those who find complex fiction and footnotes a pleasure, not a chore!

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke