Neighborhood Library

American Girls Book Club

This month's book is Samantha’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Maxine Rose Schur. The two weeks before Christmas are filled with activity as Samantha finishes her homemade presents and makes preparations for visiting relatives. Enjoy a book discussion, snacks and crafts on August 15 at 3:45 p.m.  Recommended for ages 7-12. Pick up a free copy of Samantha’s Surprise at the reference desk in the Children’s Room.

Peter the Rabbit Found at Palisades Library

Beatrix Potter was born on July 28 in 1866. This Thursday her creations came alive again at the Palisades Library in a celebration of her birthday.

Construction Alert: Book Donations Delayed

Unfortunately, due to maintenance in the meeting rooms, we will be unable to accept book donations until August 1.We apologize for the inconvenience, and would like to thank the Friends for all of their hard work.

Underwater Tea Party

A warm tropical “welcome” awaits you.  Travel to the South Seas--Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia--through stories, crafts and native foods.  Come dressed in bathing suits and pareo or sarong and flip-flops.  Savor culinary flavors of the islands, and create your own mermaid tail. Recommended for ages 4-8. Please RSVP to

American Girls Book Club

Read Molly’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Valerie Tripp.The McIntire family faces a disappointing Christmas.  Dad is off at war in England, Molly’s grandparents can’t come home for the holidays, and it looks like there won’t be many exciting presents.  Worst of all, the family hasn’t heard from Dad for a long time, and they’re worried. 

Tales Alive! Book Discussion and Craft Session

For thousands of years, birds have been a source of joy and amazement.  Listen to the retelling of three folktales inspired by birds from around the world.  Story time includes related craft. Recommended ages: 7-11.

Lotus Chinese Tea Party

Enjoy stories, crafts and native foods from China.  Come dressed in Mandarin-style silk blouses and slacks or kimono-style robes, sip tea and use chopsticks to eat wontons. Create your own paper fan, dragon chopsticks and dragon paper craft. Recommended for ages 4-8. Please RSVP to  All programs are free and open to the public.

"Crossing the Tracks"

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.

Novel Destinations

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.