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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

Easter egg decoration

Easter Egg Decoration

Friday, April 3 at 4 p.m.

Come and join us for Easter egg decoration on Friday, April 3 at 4 p.m. and learn about when and where the tradition started. Did you know that the Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use eggs in connection with Easter? Children brought all the eggs they could find, dyed them, and sold them in the marketplace. Most of the Macedonians eggs were red, though a few were dyed yellow and green. In many parts of the world, Easter is time for races of all kinds.

The Goose Girl

Fairy Tales Your Way

Updated fairy tales for middle grade readers

Because myths and fairy tales are so well known, they can make a great backdrop for an author to play with story. There are a lot of great children's books that take a common story as the base, but where the author makes the tale their own. Here are some of my favorites:

Tam Lin

Fairy Tales - Revised

Look at fairy tales in a new light

My favorite class in college was called "Revisioning the Classics." In this class, we read classic texts like Hamlet and Antigone, and then modern retellings like