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Published on Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life is a bowl of Maraschino Cheeries for the 'red bees' of Brooklyn. This month's Speak Easy Salon conversation focuses on Honeybees and also considers colony collapse disorder in relation to bumblebees. As for the red bees of Brooklyn, they like many humans prefer high glycemic sweets rather than the good for you nutrients. Please contact the library at 202-282-3139 to request that the articles be e-mailed to you. The meeting is on Wednesday, January 19 at 3:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

Published on Monday, January 10, 2011

   Palisades Neighborhood Library will be expanding its repertoir of storytimes in the new year with a storytime geared specifically for babies. There is a large proportion of babies in the community, so the new Lap Time has been added to increase phonetic development in babies and develop a sense of community among families with babies. No registration is required. Come on Monday mornings at 11:15 am for stories, songs and lap bounces with your child. Please call, 202-282-3113 with any questions.

* Note: There will be no baby time on Jan 24 and 31 as the library will be closed for repairs.

Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Early Literacy Tip
Continue reading with enthusiasm even if your toddler wanders away. Your child is benefiting from what he is hearing.

Books we read
counting crocodiles

Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra
A first Book All About You: Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes by Judy Hindley

Dressing for the Weather - sweater, hat, scarf, gloves and coat

Published on Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby Love book cover     Chef Geoff Tracy

Is there anything more important than a happy, healthy baby?  Start your children on a lifelong love of food by providing them with fresh ingredients through easy-to-make, cost-effective, environmentally conscious and delicious meals. Join us Saturday, January 8, at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of food, demonstration and discussion with Chef Geoff Tracy.

Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dear Santa,

    I know I'm supposed to write you and tell you all about how I've been a good little girl all year. Well, I'm going to skip that part. We both know I've been spending the year eating lots of chocolate pudding and being mean to my sister Cinderella. So I won't even pretend I've been good.

    But that's what I wanted to write you about. You see, I really think you need to look at what it's like for us "bad" children. I think having the word "Ugly" in their name is enough to make anyone act crazy. You need to read a couple of stories from our point of view. Don't believe me? Okay, have you ever read:

Published on Thursday, December 9, 2010

Please join us for a discussion about Honeybees and why they matter. The Speak Easy Salon group will be meeting Wednesday, December 15 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.  The readings are two short articles about the mystery of colony collapse and can be e-mailed to you. Please call Ms. Rosenblatt at 202-282-3139 to make your request.  Also available is the book The Mysterious History of the Honeybee by Hattie Ellis. Copies of the book are at the circulation desk. Enjoy a stimulating discussion, cool teas, pastries, and fruits.

Published on Thursday, December 9, 2010

Express your Holiday Spirit on Thursday, December 16 at 3:30pm. Sing out your joy with seasonal tunes Karaoke and make your own Gingerbread House and craft a Yuletide Necklace. And, let's share real tales of the Holiday Spirit. Holiday Goodies Served.

Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Early Literacy Tip:
Today we read holiday books that we could sing and play instruments to. Singing, rhyming and repetition are important in developing an awareness of different word sounds.  This helps develop their phonological awareness which is important for later reading skills.

Books We Read:

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The play "Streetcar Named Desire", by Tennessee Williams, premiered in December, 1947, starring Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the next year.  "Streetcar" was Williams' second critical success, following "The Glass Menagerie", which premiered in 1944-45.  To learn more about Williams and read some of his other writings, come see the display at Palisades Library.

Streetcar Named Desire

Published on Monday, December 6, 2010

I have always been a foodie. 

The first dessert I made by myself was Bananas Foster; I was maybe 8. The crepes were gummy and the sauce runny, but I made it; it was delicious! Since that time I have become infinitely better and thoroughly enjoyed every minute I have spent in the kitchen. It is the place where I go to release my frustrations, to be romantic, to be creative, and to be really at peace. 

When my daughter was born, my husband and I agreed that it was the best and only decision for us to home-make all her food.  It is cheaper, healthier, tastes better and provides more variety for developing taste buds. It was a satisfying way to include her more in our daily lives. 

Some of the most helpful and enjoyable books for making baby food can be found here at the library. Give these titles a try; you won't be disappointed.