Cleveland Park Library History Files: 60th Anniversary

Dedication and Opening Day

Mamie EisenhowerAfter many years of waiting and fund-raising, the Cleveland Park neighborhood finally had a permanent library branch of its own.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 1953, the Cleveland Park Library was dedicated.The next day the public was invited to tour the new library. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower (featured in the photo at left) participated in the ribbon cutting in the children's room dedicated to noted children's author and Cleveland Park resident Catherine Cate Coblentz, who was devoted to the construction of a library for the neighborhood.

Mrs. Eisenhower was joined by Dr. Albert W. Atwood, president of the library board of trustees, Mrs. Cazenove Lee, chairman of the Cleveland Park Library Committee, and Mrs. Joseph L. Miller, chairman of the library committee of the Connecticut Avenue Citizens Association.

Today, the library continues to be a busy branch and community venue in the heart, figuratively and literally, of Cleveland Park.

Happy 60th Anniversary!

-- Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian