Shaw/Watha T. Daniel
Neighborhood Library

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

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ReelAbilities Film Festival

Films by and about people with disabilities

DC Public Library proudly screens four films from the Fourth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival.  Watch entertaining and evocative films that will challenge concepts and/or assumptions about disability, regardless of race, religion, or geography. Bipolarized Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library


D.C. Cooks!

Cooking Workshop with Chef Jonathan Bardzik

Come join us for a cooking workshop with Jonathan Bardzik.

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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.


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.