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Clean your Quarantine Away

Some decluttering books to help you relax

You might be using your time stuck at home to catch up on TV, but maybe now is the time to clean your closet or go through your bookshelf! If you want to clean, but need some help, here are a few experts writing on the subject of clean, happy homes. They will give you the tips, steps and tricks to getting your home in ship-shape by the time you return to your normal routine. 

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

 Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrated on the fifth day of May each year. You can't go out to celebrate this year, but you can celebrate at home! You can make maracas and a piñata using household items.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Read-Along

Join us for a special online adult book club focused on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the many books that it inspired. For the next two weeks, we invite you to read a title from the Pride and Prejudice bookshelf, either Austen’s original novel or one of the many retellings, riffs, and remixes that other authors have written.

Collards

Chef Quarantine

Collard Greens Salad with Fried Plantain and Sumac

Did you ever think collard greens could taste so good?  Try this any time of the day salad to complete your meal.  This recipe will bring the family together to relax, converse and have fun in making a tasty springtime dish. May 2020 edition. of Bon Appetit Magazine, p.84 & 85 Collards Greens Salad w/ Fried Plantain and Sumac Stay tuned for next week's incredible recipe See you in the kitchen!

 The Psychology of Time Travel

Meet Here Yesterday

Books about time travel

There’s never been a better time than now to jump into a time machine; set a course and grab your helmet! While sadly that isn’t possible (for now), we can escape to other histories, bodies, and universes in the pages of the books below. Each title explores the questions that are bound to time travel -- free will versus determinism, establishing identity in an age of futility, and fighting for love in an unpredictable landscape. Bring along a notebook; things can get tricky.  

Truffle

Chef Quarantine

Truffle Gouda Quesadilla

Have fun while cooking with a little help from the library. Make dinner as a family with this delicious recipe from O Magazine, the truffle gouda quesadilla is a cheese lover's delight! Find the full recipe and more cooking magazines for free with your library card, Download hundreds of magazines with RBdigital. See you in the Kitchen!    

Capturing the Devil cover

Staff Pick: "Capturing the Devil" by Kerri Maniscalo

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers working in her uncle's laboratory than high society. Thomas Cresswell is an assistant in her uncle's laboratory, providing forensic evidence to the London police. Together they have solved difficult and dangerous cases. 

Cleveland Park Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

The Cleveland Park Library has received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for its design, construction and operation.

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United States of Complexity

Red, White, and Who?

We certainly live in times of great divisiveness: politically, economically and racially. We live in a very complex country varying from region to region in its political persuasions, cultural backgrounds, and systems of belief. The following books take aim by their respective authors of truly seeking to understand a group of “other” Americans and why they believe what they do and why they pursue the things they do.

Space Opera

Hopeful Science Fiction

The last several years, science fiction has been very dark. Post-Apocalyptic fiction is big. Either the world has been destroyed, and we're all trying to survive in a wasteland, or terrible people have formed a totalitarianism government that lies to us and keeps us down. Now in real life, we’re all socially isolating because a virus. I thought it might be nice to read some hopeful science fiction -- something that shows us doing good things, rather than trying to survive terrible ones.

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