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Published on Monday, May 13, 2013

By a spider's thread bookcoverBy a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman is a suspense novel about a private detective, Tess, and her search for a missing woman and her three children. The husband/father, Mark Rubin, enlists Tess's help after the police refuse to help him.  Mark has no idea why his wife would just take the kids and leave and he gives Tess virtually no clues with which to start the search. 

Published on Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cover of Rookie Yearbook OneRookie Yearbook One is not just a style guide. Tavi Gevinson is the editor of the book and founder of the website Rookie. Rookie Yearbook One is a compilation of articles, photos and stories from the website and from Tavi's mind.

The Early Years

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to the permanent location of Cleveland Park Library, it was housed in a school building.

In 1911, the Cleveland Park School and Community Association established a temporary library in the John Eaton School.  Miss Clara Herbert was the first librarian.

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

April is National Poetry Month; In celebration we are posting a new public domain poem every Monday.
Rainy doorway
"Spring Storm" by William Carlos Williams    

The sky has given over
its bitterness.
Out of the dark change
all day long
rain falls and falls
as if it would never end.
Still the snow keeps
its hold on the ground.
But water, water
from a thousand runnels!
It collects swiftly,
dappled with black
cuts a way for itself
through green ice in the gutters.
Drop after drop it falls
from the withered grass-stems
of the overhanging embankment.

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Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Beethoven's Hair bookcoverBeethoven's Hair by Russell Martin is a fascinating true account about a lock of Beethoven's hair snipped off on his deathbed and preserved in a glass and wood frame for almost two hundred years.  The readers find themselves traveling from the present, when a surgeon is opening the frame for the first time in years, back to the day the hair is reverently cut from the dead man's head.

Where were you in 1963?

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

Bombingham bookcoverJoin us at Cleveland Park on Saturday, May 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., to discuss Bombingham. Reminisce if you're the right age, and hear first-hand what it was like to be there in 1963.

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures, at its core, is a "forbidden love" story, with a healthy portion of "it's a race against time" thrown in.

I'm not one to delve into the details of a book, giving away spoilers and secrets to try to convince people if the book is good or not. The real questions - the ones you want to know - are:

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Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013 her first historical novel, best selling author Jennifer Chiaverini writes about Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hobbs Keckley, an African-American modiste who lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. A former slave, Mrs. Keckley sewed gowns for the women of Washington. Her numerous clients included First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Varina Davis, wife of Senator Jefferson Davis, Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and other leading society ladies of the day. It is her life and her friendship with Mrs.

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Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Before I Go to Sleep bookcoverBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson grabs the reader's interest immediately but then, progresses very slowly. It doesn't matter though, because the author is establishing the plot, day by day, bit by bit, building up momentum until finally, crashing into an explosive ending.

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

April is National Poetry Month. In celebration we are posting a new public domain poem every Monday.

"A Performance of Henry V At Stratford-Upon-Avon" by Elizabeth Jenkins     Anne Hathaway's cottage

Nature teaches us our tongue again
And the swift sentences came pat. I came
Into cool night rescued from rainy dawn.
And I seethed with language, Henry at
Harfleur and Agincourt came apt for war
In Ireland and the Middle East. Here was
The riddling and right tongue, the feeling words
Solid and dutiful. Aspiring hope
Met purpose in "advantages" and "He
That fights with me today shall be my brother."
Say this patriotic, out of date.