Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, February 22, 2010

Looking through the overflowing shelves at the library can be daunting task when searching for that perfect book. In past years, fantasy lovers have bolted straight to the Harry Potter section. But now that the series has come to a dramatic climax and the last movie is due to come out in 2011, what is next for fantasy lovers? Well, hidden inside those shelves is a variety of overlooked ghosts, wizards and dragons. J.K Rowling isn’t the only author who has done a fantastic job depicting the world of ghouls and spells.

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Join in an interactive murder mystery at the Palisades Library on February 10 at 3:30pm.  Prizes will be given to all attendees who as detectives and suspects work toward solving this romantic thriller.  Enjoy a variety of edible and drinkable love potions.

Check out some of the library's romantic thrillers: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey, Tempted -the new House of Night Novel- by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, and Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes.

Published on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Several lights of the literary world passed away recently.

The prolific and popular Robert Parker passed away on January 18.  He leaves behind a legacy of over 60 books, most notably those featuring tough but erudite P.I. Spenser at home in a Boston backdrop.  Many of Parker’s books are owned by the DC Public Library. When a Parker fan was asked to recommended a particular title, the answer was “they are all good. Pick one and start reading.”  Librarian’s recommendation: The Early Spenser, one volume containing three novels (The Gudwulf Manuscript, God Save the Child, Mortal Stakes) that introduce the cast of characters who will accompany Spenser throughout his long career.

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010

Noted historian C.R. Gibbs will speak on "Breaking the Phalanx:  Smashing Jim Crow in the Nation's Capital" at the Palisades Library on February 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. 

A light supper will be served at a reception immediately preceding Mr. Gibb's talk.  Books highlighting local history and the civil rights movement will be on display and available for checkout.

Published on Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Man Booker Prize this year went to British author Hilary Mantel for her historical novel Wolf Hall based on the life of Thomas Cromwell.  Cromwell was a pivotal figure in the always absorbing story of King Henry VIII and his many wives.

The Man Booker prize is awarded to the single novel deemed the best of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonweatlth or the Republic of Ireland.  The Booker winners are sometimes quirkly and always interesting.  On Tuesday, February 16, the Palisades Book Club will meet at 7:30 to discuss the 2008 Booker winner The White Tiger by Aravind Ardiga.

Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Temperature Dropping?  Snow in the forecast?  Stop by the Palisades Library to warm up with some
"steamy romances."  Or find some "cold comfort" in books set in frozen climes.  Check out seasonal extremes in our current displays.  Librarian's recommendation:  Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg is an unusual and elegant thriller set against snowy backdrops ranging from the streets of Copenhagen to Artic ice floes.

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A New Year brings new resolutions. An implausible one is "healing the world."  And, yet individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Greg Mortenson, Wangari Maathai and Paul Farmer have worked toward that end.  The Happy Birthday! Dr. King and Healing the World book displays focus on their contributions as well as those of other inspiring global fixers.

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Discover the Best Teen Books of 2009 at the Palisades Library. Adults, Tweens and Teens will find a great variety of books. Check out this display of readers' favorites such as Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trail by Ronald Kidd, Marcelo in the Real World about a boy with a "cognitive disorder"
 by Francisco X. Stork, and the graphic novel Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan.  

Adults are invited to enter the world of teen literature through the Adult Discussion Group of Teen Literature.  On Monday, January 25 at 4pm, please join us to discuss Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt.

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How far have your pajamas traveled?  Every Thursday night, the pajamas at the Palisades Neighborhood Library get their passports stamped from another foreign country.  The evening Folktale program brings children 5 - 10 through the librry door in their slippers for crafts, folktales and a global themed snack.

 This past year has brought a variety of adventures. Grace Chang, a Chinese author visited the library and
dazzled everyone with her dragon puppet Jin Jin and a plethora of magic tricks.  The German Embassy also paid a visit, to   join in the creation of St. Martin's Day lanterns for the Euro Festival.  For Hanukkah, participants enjoyed Jewish folktales and the driedel game.

Every Thursday night beginning January 7, another country awaits.  Stories begin around 7pm with a snack and craft afterwards, And don't forget the pajamas!

Published on Monday, January 4, 2010

Palisades Library has mounted a display of some of The Washington Post Book World Best Books of 2009.  Perhaps, you missed a gem.  Maybe we have that title that someone recommended. Are you looking for something different to read? Come see what suggestions The Washington Post has made.