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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

Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

You are cordially invited to a free showing of the movie Wrong Man starring Henry Fonda, at Palisades Library on Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

You are cordially invited to a free showing of the movie Witness for the Prosecution, starring Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich, at Palisades Library on Thursday, May 5, at 4 pm. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cover of Pirate Vs. PirateAuthor Mary Quattlebaum will visit the Palisades Neighborhood Library on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.

She'll be regaling us with tales of her new book, Pirate Vs. Pirate. Along with the swashbuckling stories, pirate refreshments will be served, and participants will be making sea-worthy telescopes to take home.

May the fair winds blow you toward this event!

Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Last month at the library we decided to explore the wonderful world of Star Wars through origami. We have a lot of avid Star Wars readers who anticipate the next new book. So while readers are waiting for the next Star Wars adventure, we folded a couple of our own creations. If you would like to fold your own star wars origami, have no fear.

Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On Saturday, April 23, 20 children hurried around corners and into the meeting rooms. But they weren't looking for books. They were looking for eggs.

As part of the Palisades Library celebration of spring, several colorful plastic eggs were hidden all around the second floor of the library. Even though it was raining outside, participants were able to uncover eggs that held candy and haiku poems. The poems were a combination of traditional Japanese Haiku poems, such as those by Issa, and an assortment of new poems by modern haiku masters such as An'ya.

 girl places an egg in her bagShe found the golden egg.











Published on Tuesday, April 26, 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 Tuesday, May 24 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 Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Meet Molly

Meet Molly: An American Girl

By Valerie Tripp

While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.

Recommended for ages 7-12.

Check out a copy of Meet Molly at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Room.

Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Cruisers

To honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Palisades Library will read and discuss Walter Dean Myers book The Cruisers.  

Recommended for audiences ages 10 and up. 

Check out a copy of the book at the Children's Room Reference Desk. 

Published on Monday, April 25, 2011

Palisades Neighborhood Library is proud to announce the 2011 winners of the Annual Poetry Contest. The first-place winners, Celeste and Claire, will receive a blank book and a quill pen as prizes. Those who won Honorable Mentions, Nicholas, Grace and Anu, will be given a blank book.

Below are their wonderful poems. It was a tough decision this year, with many stunning poems. We feel that the winners used creative word choices and interesting images in their poetry.

Thank you to all who participated this year.

Ages 5-7

 1st Place - Shape Poem