Cleveland Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, June 29, 2012

Sleeping teddyOn Tuesday, July 3th at 7:00PM children are invited to dress in their pajamas and bring their teddy bears to a special pajama story time and teddy bear sleepover. We’ll sing songs and read stories during our story time and then all of the teddy bears and other stuffed animals are invited to spend the night in the library.

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth RendellOn Thursday, July 5, the Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club will discuss Ruth Rendell's Tigerlily's Orchids

Published on Monday, June 18, 2012

Gene Wilder as Willy WonkaComic actors are an underrated lot. Being a good comedian requires a mastery of timing and emotion, transcendence of physical setting, empathy and the ability to manipulate each in real-time. A brilliant comic actor knows how to overdo it because he/she already knows how to do it.  Consider:

     • Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
     • Jamie Fox in Ray
     • Robin Williams in One Hour Photo, The Night Listener, Dead Poets Society’, Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, The Fisher King, etc.

If you need more proof that comedy is not only a legitimate art form, but a true art, let’s not forget one of the most important comic artists of history: William Shakespeare.  Who do you suppose played in Shakespeare’s famous comic roles?  These weren’t beer-hall entertainers. They were the same actors who play Hamlet and Richard III!

It should not be surprising that many artists with the comedy bug have tried their hands at the written word. I’d like to focus on one actor who succeeds in extending his reach into the realm of literature: Mr. Gene Wilder.

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Knitting CatThis month's session will be a “Sit and Knit/Spin/Crochet”.  Just bring along a project of your own and enjoy the company of your fellow fiber artists.

Did you find something special at the Sheep and Wool Festival last month? Please bring it for Show and Tell!

Refreshments will be served this month… Beginners are welcome!!

The Cleveland Park Fiber Arts Workshop meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call or visit the library.

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cover of Ruth and the Green BookOn Wednesday, June 20 at 3 p.m., children ages 8-11 are invited to participate in an entertaining and educational program to strengthen their historical thinking skills.  Smithsonian Institution staff will guide them as they explore original historical artifacts and other records of the past, helping the children understand the historical importance of material culture while giving participants the tools they need to preserve their own history.

Published on Monday, June 4, 2012
Book Cover: Capital SplendorThe creators of Capital Splendor, Gardens and Parks of Washington DC will host a program of words and images on the breadth of created landscapes in our area, from formal gardens to community gardens at Cleveland Park Library on June 12 at 7 p.m.

Published on Friday, June 1, 2012

Finding Nouf bookcoverOn Thursday, June 3, we will discuss Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris. 

In Saudi Arabia, a girl goes missing and a Palestinian man who has worked for her family is asked to investigate. A conservative Muslim and an outsider because of his nationality, class, and large stature, he is wary of the divide between men's and women's worlds as he collaborates with a female Ph.D. employed in the women's section of the state medical examiner's office.

Jackie Mikolaski, Children's Services

Published on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Photo of Jackie MikolaskiSince her arrival at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library in 2001, Jackie Mikolaski's creativity, rich life experiences, and exceptional generosity have benefited customers and staff. Her heartfelt enthusiasm, love for working with children and background as an elementary and middle school teacher are evident in class visits and during her story time presentations -- on Thursdays in French!  Thanks to her artistic talents, we all enjoy the beautiful, original window displays she designs every month. 

Review: In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson

Published on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Cover: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik LarsonIn the Garden of Beasts needs no recommendations. Most likely, if you have heard anything about it at all, it was positive. Erik Larson has a way of intertwining people and events that makes his books very absorbing and readable.

Published on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hey kids, dCover of Calamity Jacko you like reading comics and graphic novels? Do you like talking about the graphic novels you read? Do you like to eat pizza? Let’s do all three this summer!

We are starting a graphic novel book club for kids ages 8 and up.