Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

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She's A Real Amateur

Female amateur sleuths who are better than the pros

Sure, sometimes being called an amateur's an insult, but when it comes to mystery novels, amateur detective status usually means you're the one showing the officials how it's done. Or even the only one perceptive enough to realize there's a mystery to be solved.

Librarian Potter Fan

When Fandom Wears a Cap and Gown

Harry Potter Lecture at the Shaw Library

George Washington University librarian Tolonda Henderson gave a great lecture on Harry Potter fandom and visual culture to an engaged group of fans on Monday, March 9. Attendees caught golden (chocolate) snitches and feasted on chocolate frogs, washing it down with a delicious butterbeer. Henderson stimulated spirited debate on whether Ron was merely a sidekick or independent hero, and talked about her Mr. Potter Goes to Washington tour series.

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Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.


My Journey on The Camino De Santiago (The Way of St. James)

Trips of a Lifetime Series

You may have seen the feature film The Way with Martin Sheen or have heard of the Camino through friends or on the news.

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Visit from a Witness to History

Malcolm X Black History Month Program Recap

On Feb. 21, 1965, Peter Bailey stood feet away and witnessed the assassination of his friend, Malcolm X.

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'Saving Our Sons' Revisited

A 20th anniversary commemoration of ground-breaking book

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a timely discussion in honor of the 20th anniversary of Saving Our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World. Marita Golden's groundbreaking book sparked national discussion about the fate and lives of young Black men when it was published in 1995.

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Shaw Knitting Circle

Donates handmade hats and scarves for charity

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library's dedicated weekly knitting group not only socializes and knits, but enjoys making items for charity!

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Second Annual Shaw Library Vegan & Vegetarian Seminar!

Discover eating to thrive

Many life-saving benefits can be derived from a vegan lifestyle. It has been proven to reverse some chronic diseases and can extend life by up to 10 years! Come explore the benefits and examine strategies for converting from a carnivorous diet to a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. Free vegan samples will be provided by the Woodland Cafe for all who register, and materials about vegan foods and cooking will be available for checkout.


Coffee 101

Are you passionate about your coffee? Do you dream about the perfect cup of Joe?

Instant DCPL

7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.