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A Speak Easy Salon Discussion

Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Join the Speak Easy Salon discussion on July 21 at 3:30pm. This month participants will delve deeper into the subject of memory and forgetting. The main readings are two articles "Making Memories" from Smithsonian magazine and "New Brain Condition Shakes up our Idea of how Memories Work" from New Scientist. Please call and request that these articles be e-mailed to you.

July 8 at 7 p.m. with Artist Karen O. Brown

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010

Teens and Tweens are invited to make waves with books through Maze, Pop-Up, Accordian and other creative constructions. Let artist Karen O. Brown lead the way through pattern-making and collage in decorating your masterpieces.  Join the group on July 8 at 7pm for a fun evening with cool refreshments.

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010

Everyone had fun at the summer reading kickoff at the beginning of June. Participants made boats, colored some moose hats and set sail in our kiddie pool. If you haven't signed up yet for the summer reading program, it's not too late! Come in and see a librarian today to join in the fun. Below are some pictures of the kickoff and a list of water-filled books to whet your appetite. 
Rubber ducks, reading

Published on Friday, June 18, 2010

June is Great Outdoors Month. Are you looking for new hikes in the DC area? Are you planning a trip to some of the National Parks?  Are you looking for new outdoor activities? Come and take a look at the display at Palisades Library for some ideas and information.

Some suggested titles:

Find Resources to Help You With Your Animal

Published on Thursday, June 17, 2010

Have a pet? Or just thinking of getting one?

The resources below can help you choose which pet is right for you, or help you with the one you have.

Selection and Care of Dogs

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Devil's Paintbox by Victoria McKernan does not flinch from describing the harsh conditions of post-civil war Kansas and the life and death risks of moving west by wagon train.  The Adult Discussion Group of Teen Literature will discuss this highly acclaimed western adventure on Monday, June 28, at 4 p.m.

Join the Teen Book Share June 30

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Teens ages 12 and up are joining Make Waves for Summer Reading at the Palisades Library. This summer, teens will set their own reading goals and receive prizes during their Teen Book Share monthly meetings. At the next meeting on June 30 at 3:30pm, participants will discuss their favorite books and express themselves artistically through sand art. 

The Mystery of Memory

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On June 23 at 3:30pm, the Speak Easy Salon will meet to discuss a true story from David Grann's new book The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession. The story "Which Way Did He Run?" describes the agony of a firefighter, sole survivor of his company, who can't remember what happened. Grann develops in this account the notion of memory as a "code to who we are, a collection not simply of dates and facts but also of emotional struggles, epiphanies, and transformations" (139).  Please join us for a stimulating afternoon of lively discussion and refreshments.

Published on Monday, June 7, 2010

Children in grades K & 1 have been participating in a weekly book club at the Palisades Library.
Each Tuesday at 4:00 pm, Children's Librarian Miss Lorraine chooses a book to read aloud based on participants' interests and combines the story with related games and activities.

A previous read-aloud was Who Broke Lincoln's Thumb? by Ron Roy, from the Capital Mysteries series.  Everyone played detective to figure out who the culprit was as the clues were read. Another selection was A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, a biography of the famous woman pilot.

On June 9, Miss Lorraine will be reading Ms. Frizzle's Adventures:  Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole.  The Magic Schoolbus series is always fun and informative!

Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The winners of the Palisades Library Poetry Contest have been announced. We had several stellar poems submitted this year. In fact, there were so many wonderful poems that we added a new category to the contest, the 6-7 age group category. So without further ado, we are posting the winner poems for your reading pleasure.

1st Place in the 6-7 Age Group

The Ordinary Cup
by Virginia

When I see a cup full of sparkling water
I think of it being an ocean. The little sparkles are cute
little fish and tiny sea monkeys. The cup is the sand on
the beach.

1st Place in the 8-9 Age Group

The Internet
by Jacob