Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

Sock Monkey Making

Sock Monkey Mayhem!

Sock Monkey Mayhem was a great bit of fun, where our young participants sewed and stuffed their colorful socks into beautiful little monkeys! Each monkey had a personality as unique as its creator. We learned how to sew on buttons and create colorful pom poms, and our creations were going to be given as gifts to family or teachers, or kept for ourselves! It was very fun program, one that will be repeated in the years to come.

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.  

Knitting Baby Hat

Knitting Club and Charity Projects

The last few knitting club sessions had a lot of new faces learning to knit, and super experienced volunteers teaching others to crochet. We worked on projects such as crochet animals, knitted baby hats, and baby blankets. We also had our first donation of a baby blanket for Knit Forward, a D.C.-based community knitting project, which will be donated to New Heights Program for Expectant and Parenting Students.

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Heartbroken During the Holidays?

Help for enjoying the holidays after the death of a loved one

The holiday season can be a time of magic, wonder and excitement for many, but for those who have lost a loved one, they may be a time of torment, lonliness and misery. On Saturday, Nov. 22 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, in partnership with the DC Public Library, will present a free Loss & Healing Holiday Workshop for anyone who has lost a loved one.

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30 Days + 50,000 Words = Your Novel

What do the novels, The Night Circus, Water for Elephants, and

Author Ruben Castaneda speaks at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

'S Street Rising'

Ruben Castaneda shares his book detailing his experiences as a Washington Post reporter during DC's crack epidemic

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw neighborhood library was proud to host a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 21 by Shaw’s own Ruben Castaneda, author of the book S Street Rising. As a Washington Post journalist during the devastating crack epidemic of the early '90s, Castaneda covered the crime beat.

Shooting Stars Is Back!

Free hip-hop/modern dance class for ages 6-12

Do you have a young dancer in your life?  Encourage their artistic passions by enrolling them in Shooting Stars, a peer-led hip-hop and modern dance class at Shaw Library.Enrollment and try-outs are Sunday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 19 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Subsequent classes will be held on Sundays 2-4 p.m. and will culminate in a recital on Feb. 15.

Aromatherapy Workshop at Shaw Library

Please join us Saturday, November 14 at 2 p.m. for an aromatherapy workshop. You will learn the relaxation and medicinal benefits of various oils and herbs, as well as how to mix, use, and create unique aromatherapeutic blends. In Conference Room 2 on the 2nd Floor of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

'7th and T'

Film screening and discussion

Jazz historian and WPFW radio personality Rusty Hassan will lead a discussion of this documentary, which depicts the rich musical heritage of 7th and T streets in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Program

Recent headlines graphically demonstrate that domestic violence is an epidemic in American society.