Cleveland Park
Neighborhood Library


Wonderstruck Shadow Boxes

The art of collecting

On Wednesday, May 20, at 4 p.m., join us as we talk about the art of collecting and make our own shadow boxes. This program is in honor of Brian Selznick's book Wonderstruck, where they see a "cabinet of wonder" in a museum. Participants will learn the basics of how to preserve their own wondrous objects and then use materials to make their own cabinet of wonder.

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Author Talk: John DeFerrari

Chinese and Asian dining in D.C.

In the late 19th century, the first Chinese eateries opened in Washington. Dishes such as chow mein, chop suey, and Peking duck became favorites and were adapted for American tastes. The exotic fare added to Washington's culinary scene. At its peak, Chinatown was a popular local destination for Chinese food. Of special interest to Cleveland Park residents, Yenching Palace (formerly Peking Palace) opened in 1955 and was a long-time neighborhood fixture.

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Books for Beginner Bike Lovers

Picture books about bikes and biking

There is something intrinsically appealing about bike books. Bikes remind me of warm sunny days and the wonderful feeling of freedom and exploration. I think I share that trait with most of the younger population. What little kid doesn't like to go out and ride their bike? Finding a good book about bikes and bike riding can be a great way to draw in active reluctant readers as well as established book lovers. They can also be useful for teaching kids how to ride bikes and building confidence for beginner riders. Here are a few that I have enjoyed:

Book making crafts

Book-Making Crafts

Friday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

Join us on Friday, April 17 at 4 p.m. to make a book that you can decorate using a variety of findings. To celebrate National Library Week, children will also learn how to write a story following simple step-by-step instructions. This program is for children ages 5 and older. One is never too young or too old to start writing his or her own story. Come and explore your creativity!

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April Teen Events

Come see what's going on this month!

April is here and that means a new month of events at Cleveland Park!  First, join us on April 8, as we show a screening of the movie The Bling Ring at 4 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. Refreshments will be provided.

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'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel

New drama series on WETA

He was Henry VIII's right hand man and played an influential role in English history. However, power and influence came with a heavy and dangerous price for Thomas Cromwell.

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Job Seekers Clinic April

Kaplan ASVAB 2015 study guide

Staff at Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library are available for job seeker assistance all month long, every month. While we can provide only the quickest help for walk-ins, call the Information Desk, 202-282-3072, or email to make an appointment for one-on-one assistance. You can receive help navigating search sites, filling out online applications, setting up accounts on popular job websites, and writing resumes and cover letters.

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Poetry Month Kids' Scavenger Hunt

Discover great literature and win a prize!

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating all month long in the children's room with a poetry-themed scavenger hunt! Starting April 1, participants will use their inner sleuth to search through the library to find hidden clues. Each clue will have a title of a book as well as a call number. Find each book on the shelf and match it to its description on the questionnaire to win a prize.

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'Murder on Astor Place' by Victoria Thompson

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club April Selection

Join us on April 2 to discuss Murder on Astor Place, first in the Gaslight Mystery series set at the end of the 19th century in New York City, featuring mid-wife Sarah Brandt and Detective Frank Malloy.

Haiku contest

Haiku Contest 2015

April 1 through 20

As the cherry blossoms arrive, so does the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library's annual haiku contest! Find your muse, and create your own haiku. A form of Japanese poetry, haiku arises from observations of everyday life, and often of nature. The poem consists of three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. Haiku’s simplicity is its strength, and the poem’s third line may bring a surprise. Touching the essence: A vision, mood, a moment Illuminated