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Published on Monday, June 13, 2011

This June, discover first-time novelist Barbara Stuber, whose book Crossing the Tracks has stirred up some dust.  After her mother's death, the 15-year-old heroine, Iris, is placed by her father as a  housekeeper and companion to an elderly woman located in rural Missouri.

Iris struggles to create order in a life without direction and family. Tragedy strikes her again, but by summer's end she understands the nature of trust, hope and love.

Join the discussion set for June 20 at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011

Calling all armchair, virtual and real world travelers to the Palisades Library. Check out the book display of Novel Destinations and choose one for your trip of a lifetime.

Mark your journey with a sticker on the World Map wall. Request a Novel Destinations reading record, and after recording five books, you will be entered into a drawing for a book prize. 

The trip begins now and runs through the month of August.

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011

On June 14 at 7 p.m. the Speak Easy Salon will discuss A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother by Janny Scott.  Stanley Ann Dunham's story begins with her family's history and follows her determination to enter and succeed in the male-dominated field of international development. 

Join us in the discovery of a substantive and enlightened woman. 

Refreshments will be served.

Published on Friday, June 3, 2011

Girl on GlobeIn a galaxy far, far away, there were two librarians who challenged the vast empire of talented readers at their library to a summer reading duel. The two children's librarians, Colleen and Jess, put out a call to all readers at the Palisades Neighborhood Library to sign up for summer reading.

If individual readers from this vast empire should happen to read more than the librarians this summer, it has been written that they will be invited to a lavish party at the end of the summer. This party will celebrate their accomplishments as highly esteemed readers in the summer reading program.

Published on Friday, June 3, 2011

This past month at Palisades Library, Art Club made an endorsement for reading. Members of the club came up with their own book ideas and created the covers. Afterwards, they created and filmed their own commercials to advertise their books. Take a look at what the kids came up with.

Gabe had an idea for a book called Three Soccer Dogs, about three dogs who save the day with their goal-scoring abilities. His commercial was inspired by their soccer skills.

Anu's book was called The Mouse Who Ate Books. She had a lot of ideas for plot twists in her story with her active imagination.

Meg made a book called The Dog Who Bucked the Horse. Meg loves animals, and she put her vast knowledge of wildlife to use while planning her commercial.

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011

Please join us for a discussion of Kirsten’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Janet Shaw.

The Larson family celebrates their first Christmas in America, and Kirsten wants to keep some of their Swedish traditions alive in the new country.  She secretly plans a Saint Lucia celebration for her family. 

For her own Christmas, she hopes for just one special treasure.  But everything depends on a trip to town that Kirsten has been pestering Papa about for weeks.  At last they go, and the journey turns into a brush with disaster.  When Papa and Kirsten finally get back home, you’ll understand why the candles in the little cabin glow with a special Christmas love.

Recommended for ages 7-12.

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011

Shoe-la-la! Based on the book Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont, this program celebrates our mutual love of shoes and the need to find the perfect pair. 

Whether you are looking for shoes for the perfect pair of jeans or the most glamorous party dress, your feet will look stunning after reading about the quest of four girls to find the perfect pair of shoes and their creativity in creating their own shoes. 

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011


Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Share and recycle your old clothes with other fashionistas.  Bring three to five items from your closet that you would like to give away and swap for other items.  Create new outfits, and personalize your duds by cutting, hemming, appliqué and other techniques to make the perfect summer outfit. Then show off your outfits at the fashion show.

Select materials will be provided (sewing machine, thread and buttons). 

Design session is Wednesday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m, and the fashion show is Tuesday, May 31, at 3:45 p.m.

For ages 8 to 14.

Published on Monday, May 16, 2011
Mary talking to a young pirate princess Thursday night, Palisades Library sailed the seven seas with Mary Quattlebaum, the author of Pirate Vs. Pirate. Quattlebaum showed up in full pirate gear to celebrate her tale of Mean Mo and Bad Bart.


Several young buccaneers showed up for grog and seafaring tales. Some pirates even chose to dress up for the occasion.


The crew enjoyed treats constructed by our ship's cook... pirate cupcakes and some (ginger) ale.

Caroline dressed up

pirate cupcakes

As the author of Pirate Vs. Pirate, Quattlebaum recounted the story of Mean Mo and Bad Bart with members of the audience acting out the story. The battles raged on as Bad Bart and Mean Mo wrestled sharks and threw cannon balls to find out who was the best pirate of them all.


Crabclaw, a pirate companion of the author, came for the show as well. During the evening, the kids asked him a lot of questions, including an interesting conversation about the purpose of a cell phone.


"Is it to call your shipmates?" He asked one boy.




Crabclaw and his fans

Mary and the two participants act out the story.

All and all, it was an enjoyable night on the seven seas for these young buccaneers. Mary Quattlebaum, or Captain Q as she was called, provided a night full of excitement for all who attended. Not only did we have the chance to converse in pirate for a full hour, we met an accomplished author who is excited about writing and the stories she crafts.

--by Jess Stork