Neighborhood Library

Published on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Have you received a handmade gift?  Have you admired your friend's craft project?  Would you like to learn a new craft?  Would you like to enhance your current skills?  Come see the display at the Palisades Library.

Some suggested titles to check out:

Published on Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lion And Mouse Book Cover      I, like every other person who has ever been a teenager, have been forced to defend the honor of comic books among non-believers. I know with the recent spread of Twitter and other digitized simplifications of information, there is much worry about the plight of the written word. Have no fear; the written words is still alive and well. It just lives in other books.

Published on Friday, March 19, 2010

Teens are invited to perform in an interactive murder mystery titled "A Murderous Melodrama." The crime scene will be ready for investigation on April 22 at 3:30pm.  Choose your role and enjoy food and prizes galore!

Published on Friday, March 19, 2010

Discover the best books for teens by joining the Palisades Library Adult Discussion Group of Teen Literature.  This group meets the fourth Monday of the month.  The next meeting is on April 26 at 4pm. Copies of Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis will be at the circulation desk.  This story is about the experiences of an African-American woman serving in the Women's Army Corps during WW II.

National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month

Published on Friday, March 19, 2010

On April 21 at 3:30 p.m. the Speak Easy Salon will meet to celebrate poetry and jazz.  Please bring in a poem of significance to you. We will also consider poetry written in the jazz tradition and listen to the music of the noted musicians.  The Speak Easy Salon began last March with a focus on the prohibition era, hence, its name.  Some of the program themes have been Landscapes: Literal and Symbolic; World Heritage Sites in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and book discussions of such titles as Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson; and Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

Dr. Paul Farmer and Haiti

Published on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

 Author Tracy Kidder attempts to explain the improbable: Why would a brilliant doctor give of himself 24/7 to work in a politically dangerous and desolate place? His book Mountains Beyond Mountains considers the phenomenon of an exceptional individual becoming the ultimate social entrepreneur. Please join the Speak Easy Salon book discussion on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:30 pm to consider the complexity of his accomplishments.

Lucky Teen Mystery Production Party

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

On March 17 at 3:30pm, teens are invited to produce an interactive murder mystery melodrama. Design the clues for this thriller and choose the character you want to play. While you create and figure out the mystery, enjoy hearty green edibles and drink. Next month, participate in the performance and see if you picked the right suspect.

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clapping, tapping, bouncing, swaying,                      
Bending, marching, stretching, dancing;                     
Bells, shakers, sticks and drum;
Classical music, jazz, ethnic and folk. . .
And favorite children’s songs included!

Published on Monday, February 22, 2010

A plethora of Phalaenopsis - a clutch of Cattleyas - Orchids are everywhere.  If you are looking for a break from the sight of dirty snow and damaged foliage, step into the beauty and serenity of the orchid display that opened at the U.S. Botanic Garden this month.  And to learn more about this intriguing and enigmatic plant or to grow the perfect specimen yourself, the following books are available at the District of Columbia Public Library:

Moth Orchids:  the Complete Guide to Phalaenopsis               Steven A. Frowine

Complete Guide to Orchids                                                     Ortho Books

Orchids for Every Home                                                Wilma & Brian Rittershausen

Bloom-Again Orchids                                                                Judy White