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Inquisitor's Tale

A Quest is Afoot!

Middle grade novels about journeys and adventure

I have always found the idea of a quest kind of fascinating. Setting off with a purpose with your friends by your side and excitement before you has always appealed to me. Of course real life isn't always filled with noble steads waiting for your command and kings in need of a brave volunteer to set out on a daring mission. So instead I read. There are too many great quest books to cover in just one list but what follows are some of my favorites.

The Club Dumas book cover

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club August Selection

"The Club Dumas" by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Trees in the woods

Soapstone Valley Tree Walk

Thursday, June 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join an arborist from Casey Trees for an hour-long guided tree walk in the Soapstone Valley, the finger of Rock Creek Park that extends into Forrest Hills.

Celine book cover

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club: June 1 selection

"Celine" by Peter Heller

In Celine, Peter Heller creates one of the most unusual characters in mystery writing in recent years. A 68-year-old eccentric member of the WASP elite, P. I. Celine investigates the decades-old disappearance of a National Geographic photographer in Yellowstone National Park. Reading more like general fiction than focused mystery genre, the wide range of writing veers across the protagonist's own background and family relationships, East Coast and Western settings, socio-cultural history, and political intrigue.


Have you heard?

Great books that make even better audiobooks

Audiobooks tend to be a divisive issue among book lovers: either you love them or hate them. Living in a city, I've learned to love them for providing entertainment while walking or waiting for the bus. At the same time, I don't think all audiobooks are created equal. Some stories really lend themselves to being a great audiobook and some do not. Here is a list of books I've come across that fall into the first category.   

"Missing, Presumed..." book cover

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club: May 4 selection

"Missing, Presumed..." by Susie Steiner

Kirkus Reviews said this about Missing, Presumed, which it named one of the best books of 2016:

Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt

Poetry Puzzles

A book scavenger hunt for kids

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating all month long at Cleveland Park 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. Come to the service desk to get the questionnaire and more information. You can start the hunt any time the library is open during the month of April.

Doomsday book

Classical Chronicles

Historical fiction set in anitquity

One of the interesting aspects of historical fiction is how many layers it has. A person who likes Victorian romances may not be interested in a civil war saga. I like to dabble in a few subsets of the genre, but most of my all time favorites are all set in ancient to medieval history. As such, the following list includes a sampling of books that fall into that category.


Zany Miscellany

Chapter books with unconventional humor

One of the trickier reference questions I get as a children's librarian is "I'm looking for a funny book". Although laughter is universal, what makes us laugh is entirely subjective and I find it very difficult to recommend "funny" books unless I know the person's personality really well. This list illustrates my point - it is filled with children's books that I find hilarious while recognizing that the humor contained within is far from mainstream.


2017 Black History Month Lecture Series

Presented by C. R. Gibbs

Please join C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, who will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.  All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m.   "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia"