Cleveland Park
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Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Summer Lovin'

Now that the weather is finally catching up to the time of year, I feel an urge to break out all my favorite YA summer reads! Even though I am technically an adult, I love reading realistic and fantasy teen novels. And summer ones are especially fun reads as they play on the possibility and freedom that summer brings to teenagers! It seems like the perfect time to fall in love, and you can fall in love with some of these fantastic reads below: 

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The Crooked House by Christobel Kent

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club July selection

On July 7, 6:30 p.m., we'll discuss The Crooked House by Christobel Kent. Alison used to live in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor.

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Royals and Authors

Reading Roundup in Five

A privileged young girl living in Renaissance era Rome... a maid of honor races against time to solve a mystery... an author discovers a map in a library... a parson's daughter becomes a successful novelist... an empress travels the continent...Whatever the time period, each of these ladies were royals or authors who left her mark on history.  Below are a few of the books I've enjoyed reading. All of the books can be checked out or downloaded from the library.

Summer Crafts

Summer Crafts

Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in August

Join us every Friday this August to have fun creating cool arts while staying away from the heat. This program is for children of all ages. Children under 3 will need adult assistance. No need to bring anything except your creativity. Supplies will be provided and the children will be able to take home what they created. Come and join the fun.

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French Music Time

Thursdays at 4 p.m. in August

Sing, play, dance and learn. That’s our motto for this program.  Children of all ages will have the opportunity to play musical instruments, sing along with popular and traditional French songs, dance to their favorite music, learn the alphabet and how to count. This program is all about rhythm and speech stimuli that allow children to enjoy the music; memorize songs, practice their French and maybe become little musicians in the process. During the month of August,  French Music Time will replace French Story Time  Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C. history?  Cleveland Park Library has a local book discussion series! For June, we will be reading Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini.  The novel is about Kate Chase Sprague who was a prominent hostess in Washington society during the Civil War era.

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Handy Tech Manual

Digital Entertainment for Seniors

Are you a senior interested in digital entertainment and need help getting started?  Check out My Digital Entertainment for Seniors by Jason Rich.

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Job Seekers Clinic June

College & Career Planning

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

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Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club June selection

On June 2, 6:30 p.m., we'll discuss Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. In this first novel, the objets d’art produced in the Paris atelier of Zanuso et Filles by a young woman who calls herself Julie and claims to come from California are so lovely, it hardly seems fair to call them fakes. The same applies to Julie from California, who is really Grace from Garland, Tenn.

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Read it and Eat it!

With all the rain we’ve had lately, I keep thinking back to the book, Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco.