Neighborhood Library

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

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.