Cleveland Park
Neighborhood Library

Sundown Science

Weather in the Library

Beat the heat this Wednesday July 9 and come to Sundown Science at 7 p.m. where we will be talking about the science of weather. Kids ages 4 and up will have the opportunity to explore weather concepts and make their own rain and snow.

Three Myths About the Burning of Washington, D.C. Debunked

August will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, D.C. as part of the War of 1812.  So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore. Ralph Eshelman, a War of 1812 historian, has visited every known War of 1812 location in the region.

Urban Gardening: City Strategies

Share the techniques of Master Gardener Neil Hoffman

On Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.,  the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library will host Master Gardener Neil Hoffman for a talk on problems unique to gardening in a city. Whether you are an old hand at gardening or a beginner, cultivate a community garden plot or a planter or two, you can benefit from his experience.

Rock Creek Park

124 Years of Preservation

Summer Science: Sinkers and Floaters

On Friday, July 11, 3:30 p.m., come find out why some vegetables float and others sink?  Why do cargo and cruise ships float, but pennies sink?  Displacement, up-thrust, buoyancy, density, and surface tension all contribute to an object’s ability to travel on top of or to bury itself deep below the surface of a body of water.  Join us as we make our own clay, aluminum foil,

"House of Cards"

The original UK trilogy on DVD

Before Senator Frank Underwood was on Capitol Hill, there was Francis Urquhart in the halls of Parliament...

Blow Balloons using plastic putty

July 12 Family Story Time & Science Experiments

Blow balloons with plastic putty

Summer Crafts: Make Your Own Hula Hoop

What is summer without a hula hoop?  Join us on Friday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m. as we make our own hula hoops, using materials from the garden store.  Then, we will enjoy a few hula hoop games and dances as we test parallel oscillation, centripetal force, angular momentum, and friction.  Parents of infants will learn how to recycle their hula hoops in various ways as their children grow.

Sundown Science

Summer science program for ages 4 and up

Every Wednesday this summer the children's department will host a science program for ages 4 and up at 7 p.m. Each program will cover a different scientific concept and will include relevant books, music and hands-on experiments for kids to try in the library and at home.June 25: Glow-in-the-Dark Bouncy BallsJuly 2: Chromatography Crafts

Author Talk: Ralph Eshelman

In August 1814, the British set fire to Washington, D.C.  One question: how much of it was burned?The infamous burning of Washington is one of the legends about the city during the War of 1812.  Find out what is legend and what is true.  You may be surprised to learn the truth is different than what you were taught in history class!

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