The modern, sleek design of Shaw's public library can be viewed as a symbol of the growth and development of the neighborhood as a whole. Its namesake, Watha T. Daniel, was a fierce advocate for the development and livelihood of the Shaw neighborhood. The first Shaw library was dedicated to him in 1975.
While the outside of the new library is impressive, what's inside is the important part: The 22,000-square-foot building shelves more than 40,000 books (with room for double that) and plays the part of a community center, with activities for all ages.
Need help with your resume, or to learn how to use Photoshop? There are workshops for that. Fan of yoga? Shaw resident Heather Ferris leads a class every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Check the library's calendar for a full schedule of book clubs, film series, music lectures and more.
-- Margaret Ely