Monday, June 30, 2008
Here's what we've got on tap this week at Watha T.
Monday, June 30
4:00 p.m. Doctor Who Series One Finale - Bad Wolf & The Parting of the Ways
Tuesday, July 1
1:30 p.m. Catch the Reading Bug - Butterfly Mask Making
Wednsday, July 2
10:00 a.m. Story Time for 3-5 year olds with Miss Tracy
4:30 p.m. Maryland Science Center
6:00 p.m. Youth Chess Club
6:00 p.m. Big Kid Movie Night - ANTZ
Friday, July 4
Closed for the Holiday
Saturday, July 5
10:00 a.m. Youth Chess Club
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Monday June 30
Over the course of the last 10 weeks we have shown one episode per week from the first series of the new Doctor Who. This monday we will show the final two episodes of the first series, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways. These episodes are out of control INCREDIBLE pieces of television, and together they make an amazing film. It brings together threads that were woven into every episode of the series, and brings it to an absolutely amazing conclusion... Well, it leads into the next series of course, but it's still wonderful.
Come and join us!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Just like in the case of music, it's not easy learning complex games or languages as an adult. Hard, but not impossible (yay!). That's why you've got to start early, and your Shaw library is starting at the beginning.
Your Watha T. Daniel Library has an active chess club for ages 8-16:
Wednesday nights 6:00-7:30pm and
Saturday mornings 10:00-11:30am
I'm not embarrassed that I'm almost thirty and have zero knowledge of such a universal game. I'm not embarrassed when ten-year-old chess players laugh because I don't know a rook from a book. In fact, I welcome it. Our chess club instructors are secretly going to get me up to speed so I can show those ten-year-olds who's boss.
Please do take advantage of this fun resource. I've never seen people get so deep into a game--there's something magical about it.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A Night At The Opera
Have you ever seen a Marx Brothers movie? Well, this is definitely the place to start. A Night at the Opera is one of the funniest movies ever made, and it came out in 1935!
Next month: Singin' in the Rain
Monday, June 23, 2008
Here's what we've got on tap this week at Watha T.
Monday June 23
4:00 p.m. - Doctor Who - Boomtown
6:30 p.m. - Community Design Meeting for the future Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
Wednesday June 25
10:00 a.m. - Story Time for 3-5 year olds with Miss Tracy
6:00 p.m. - Classic Film Series: The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera
Thursday June 26
10:30 a.m. - Catch the Reading Bug: Marc Spiegel "Storyteller Extraordinaire"
Saturday June 28
10:00 - Email Basics
Friday, June 20, 2008
If you’ve read any of my posts, you know I like vampires and Victorian London and Poe and all things eerie, as long as they’re not depressing. I finished The Turn of the Screw recently, a great creepy ghost story and thought I’d write about that. But since our Summer Reading theme is transformation, I thought I’d pick something more fitting. [Enter Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray]
This is one of those novels that you disappear into. It’s not scary exactly, but it is quite unsettling. A gorgeous young man named Dorian Gray poses for a painting by artist Basil Hallward. The artist soon becomes fascinated and later obsessed with Dorian’s physical grace and beauty, eventually believing that his captivating subject is the reason behind Basil’s artistic reawakening. Then the really weird stuff starts happening.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
So, you’ve seen the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men by now. You may have even rented the DVD and watched the extras. If you did, you probably remember the name Cormac McCarthy. I watched The Charlie Rose Show with the film's directors (The Cohen brothers) and actors and every other reference was to the extraordinary story-telling power and grace of the book's author, Cormac McCarthy. In fact it was more like Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy… Though the topic at hand was their recent Academy Awards, the actors and filmmakers kept coming back to McCarthy.
McCarthy tends to stick with the Southern Gothic and post-apocalyptic genres because that’s what he does best. Take for example another brilliantly dark novel by the author, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Road. Think Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle mixed with Don DeLillo’s White Noise, but darker. The Road is a beautifully written, genuinely creepy post-apocalyptic dystopian tale of a father and son making their way across a barren wasteland after an unknown cataclysm has wiped every other living thing off the face of the earth. If, for the reader, modern times summon feelings of eminent doom, The Road is a thoroughly moving story, and truly not too dark for the casual reader, unless they are a casual reader of 'Desperate Housewives' novelizations. But seriously, please do check out The Road from my Staff Picks shelf at the Watha T. Daniel Interim Library. You'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 18
Tonight our Adult book club will be discussing James Baldwin's amazing reverie of a book, Another Country. The novel follows the stories of several New York City residents in the late 1950's, their lives, their loves, and the complexity of racial relations and sexual identity. Reading Another Country is like being in someone's dream. The narrative floats between the present condition of the person, then their thoughts lead them back into memories of the past that vividly illustrate how they got to where they are now. Sometimes tragic, sometimes loving, but always filled with emotion, Baldwin's style is absolutely amazing.
This book is recommended for people who like reading stories where the characters are the main focus, and also people who love language.
Next month: Revenge by Mary Morris
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
As you may have guessed, Watha T. Daniel was hit pretty hard when the power went out across the city on Friday. Our power came back on around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, but all computer service was out nearly the rest of the Friday and much of Saturday as well. Our IT department has been working extra hard bringing servers back online, and yesterday we had about 75% of our computers online and running by the end of the day.
We had to reschedule our class on blogging, cause you can't really blog without a computer. So check back later to find out when we'll be blogging together.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This program is part of the children's summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug." After the show the kids got to go on the extreme mobile and get books and prizes!
We've got more awesome shows coming this summer, so stay tuned!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Wednesday, June 11
6:00 p.m. til close
Get your knitting needles, crochet hooks, latch hooks, knifty knitters, bamboo skewers, and yards of yarn and join us for our monthly knitting group. It doesn't matter what you're working on, or even if you've ever knit anything in your life. Your friends and neighbors, and some of our capable staff members are on hand to help you learn. So stop by and check it out!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Today, I just finished reading Born on a Blue Day in which Daniel Tammet talks about living with Asperger's syndrome as well as being a gifted savant with amazing mathematical and linguistic abilities. Asperger's is a form of autism which makes it a challenge for Daniel to connect emotionally with others and makes just living in the world from day to day very difficult. I think that I was mostly impressed by the way that Daniel's parents and family offer him unconditional love and the way that he approaches life with a great deal of courage and flexibility. Although Daniel's circumstances are extraordinary, I realized that the choices he has to make are really no different from those that any of us do... to look beyond our own experience, to challenge ourselves, to discover the particular way that we will love and connect with others, to be ok with who we are and even learn to celebrate our own gifts. Daniel's unique journey of making these choices makes for a special reading experience.
Here's what's on tap for this week of library programming at WTD.
Monday, June 9
4:00: Doctor Who - The Empty Child
6:00: Bee Movie
Wednesday, June 11
10:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Tracy
6:00: Knitting Circle
Thursday, June 12
10:30: Mr. Derby Jam and Show
Saturday, June 14
1:00: Blog Your Life
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Saturday, June 7
Learn the biggest summer energy savings tips from the District Department of the Environment. Shave your passive energy use and save your money. Get green at home to grow green in the bank.
Presented by Charles Satterfield, Energy Program Specialist
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Thursday, June 5
What's a book talk anyway?
Well, unlike a book club, a book talk is way more informal. At a book club normally everybody has read the same book and they're there to discuss the book and it's issues. But at a book talk, it's a free for all. We'll talk about any book that we've read, no matter what it is, so that other people can find out if they like those books or not. It's simple, just show up, and talk about something. No preparation required. No lengthy discussions about the literary merits of Dostoevsky's influence on blah blah blah. Nope. Just people who love books, talking about books.
So come round and join us. We'll have cookies and drinks and tons of books to share.
This is a part of the Metamorphosis summer reading program for teens.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
James and the Giant Peach
Tonight, 6:00 p.m.
James is a typical british lad, raised by two horrible, nasty, mean old ladies. One day the peach tree in their front yard grows a massive, huge, enormous, giant peach. James falls inside of it, and he discovers some giant insects. They all become best friends and go on an adventure with the giant peach.
It's a wonderful movie, and a combination of live action and clay-mation. Stop by and check it out!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Community Design Meeting
Monday, June 23rd, 6:30 p.m.
The DC Public Library is hosting a community design meeting to involve community residents and library patrons in plans to design and construct the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library.
Please join the DC Public Library staff, the Davis, Brody, Bond, Aedas design team and your neighbors to discuss the plans for the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library. Please feel free to contact Archie D. Williams (email@example.com) if you have any questions regarding this event.
For information regarding previous meetings check out the construction page.
When we think of Scotland, we usually think of ‘The Highlander’, single-malt Scotch, Scrooge McDuck, and kilts. I’ve been there, but all I remember is being bitten by a dog. A Scottish dog, though, which is kind of exotic. Anyway, Scottish author Iain Banks had a different Scotland in mind when he wrote his controversial but highly acclaimed first novel, The Wasp Factory.
The Library of Congress uses the following keywords to categorize The Wasp Factory: fathers and sons, Scotland, serial murder, teenage boys, psychopaths, murderers. Just wait—it gets better. The novel is set in a small island near Scotland, where a boy and his father live their bizarre lives isolated from the rest of the world. The boy is a secret. There is no legal documentation proving he was ever born, and his father keeps him on their private island for fear of being thrown in jail. The boy, Frank, practices his own violent religion and regularly stages wars with the other inhabitants of his island, namely the rabbits. Oh, and he’s a sociopath and a murderer. His brother is too, but his brother doesn’t live on the island anymore—he is in an asylum for lighting sheepdogs on fire and then…well, use your imagination.
If you are already wincing at the thought of reading about burned dogs, let me tell you that I was also very resistant at first. I never would’ve heard of The Wasp Factory if it hadn’t been for the recommendation of a library patron who warned me that some people might find it disturbing. You mean everyone? She gave the same basic introduction I’ve given, to which my reaction was NO WAY! Even as I made my way warily through the first dozen or so pages I thought seriously about returning it to the shelf. But I stuck with it, and it turned out to be one of the most interesting reads I’ve ever had. I promise.
In addition to his normal fiction—and I use the word normal loosely—Iain Banks also writes award-winning science-fiction (see Consider Phlebas) under the name Iain M. Banks. So, please consider Mr. Banks for your own sake, and check out The Wasp Factory from my Favorites shelf at WTD.