Neighborhood Library

The Halloween Party

Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This year's Halloween Party at Palisades Library was full of exciting treats for all ages of readers. This year the party moved into the main room to accommodate the large number of ghouls, monkeys and princesses. We started off with an announcement of the first place winners from the Scary Story Contest. The winners who were present came up to read their stories to the 150 participants.

After the ghoulish tales, a couple of the teens entertained the group with a monster fashion show. The announcer read cards that described textures and fabrics of the particpants' daring monster fashions. There was a stylish vampire and a well-dressed Lady Gaga participating in the show.

Published on Thursday, November 3, 2011

Opera is surely not something that kids think about every day. But on November 2, the kids at Palisades Library got a taste of Czech opera in a program designed after Rusalka. Participants heard the story of Rusalka, the water nymph, and her quest to become human and gain the love of a prince. They then chose a character from the story and created a shadow puppet. It was difficult, as they had to imagine what a water nymph would look like.

Published on Thursday, November 3, 2011
Winter's Bone Movie Poster

Please join us to see the film Winter's Bone Thursday, November 10, at 4:15 p.m.

D.C. Reads 2011

Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

 Book Cover The Other Wes Moore" Please join the Palisades Book Club, Tuesday, October, 18, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the DC Reads Book The Other Wes Moore by the author Wes Moore.

Published on Friday, September 30, 2011

Movie The PactPlease join us Thursday, October 13, at 4:15 p.m. to view the movie The Pact.

The Pact is a true-life story about three friends from the “hood” who make a pact in high school to do whatever it takes to help each other to make it through college and then medical school. The three doctors not only accomplished their goals, they begin to reach back to spread the word to inspire other inner-city kids to get an education for a better life.

Published on Monday, September 26, 2011

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Young writers from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to write an original mystery, suspenseful thriller or humorous Halloween tale of a nonviolent nature. Please: no swearing in the stories. Winners will be chosen from each of the following categories:  K -2nd • 3rd-5th • 6th-8th grade


Published on Monday, September 26, 2011

Beginning in November, experience American history through the eyes of a child living life at that time and discovering his/her place in it. 

Imagine living through the bombing of Pearl Harbor, fighting against the British during the Revolutionary War, experiencing the Spanish Influenza tear through the country or discovering the imaginable as a slave girl learn to read.  Follow these stories and many more through diaries of those who experienced the events.  Pursue connections across time periods and settings, characters and themes as well as learning how to access primary and secondary resources to further enhance the experience. 

This book club will replace the American Girls Book Club.  Books will be available for pick up at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Room. 

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jason Wallace's novel Out of Shadows presents a forceful, tension-filled account of life in a boarding school during the 1980s in Zimbabwe. The unflinching depiction of brutality among school boys is coupled with a nuanced account of political divisions among school administrators and community groups.

Reading group members noted how tough it was to read the first third of the book but then being unable to stop reading this sophisticated look at Robert Mugabe's reign. This work is one that brings to "light" a country that has been relegated to the "shadows" by the world media.

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Join the Palisades community in commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Local and award-winning author Carolyn Reeder provides social and historical context for the descriptive letters written by her husband's ancestor.

Her presentation will provide in-depth insights into the daily struggles of a soldier. Copies of the book are available for reading prior to the program.

The program will be on Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Published on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cleopatra book cover

Please join the Palisades Book Club Tuesday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the Book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.

Come and discover the real Cleopatra.