August will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, D.C. as part of the War of 1812. So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore. Ralph Eshelman, a War of 1812 historian, has visited every known War of 1812 location in the region.
Share the techniques of Master Gardener Neil Hoffman
On Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m., the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library will host Master Gardener Neil Hoffman for a talk on problems unique to gardening in a city. Whether you are an old hand at gardening or a beginner, cultivate a community garden plot or a planter or two, you can benefit from his experience.
On Friday, July 11, 3:30 p.m., come find out why some vegetables float and others sink? Why do cargo and cruise ships float, but pennies sink? Displacement, up-thrust, buoyancy, density, and surface tension all contribute to an object’s ability to travel on top of or to bury itself deep below the surface of a body of water. Join us as we make our own clay, aluminum foil,
What is summer without a hula hoop? Join us on Friday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m. as we make our own hula hoops, using materials from the garden store. Then, we will enjoy a few hula hoop games and dances as we test parallel oscillation, centripetal force, angular momentum, and friction. Parents of infants will learn how to recycle their hula hoops in various ways as their children grow.
Every Wednesday this summer the children's department will host a science program for ages 4 and up at 7 p.m. Each program will cover a different scientific concept and will include relevant books, music and hands-on experiments for kids to try in the library and at home.June 25: Glow-in-the-Dark Bouncy BallsJuly 2: Chromatography Crafts
In August 1814, the British set fire to Washington, D.C. One question: how much of it was burned?The infamous burning of Washington is one of the legends about the city during the War of 1812. Find out what is legend and what is true. You may be surprised to learn the truth is different than what you were taught in history class!