Palisades
Neighborhood Library

Not Just for Proms Anymore

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:

Overlooked Wizard, Ghoul & Dragon Tales

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.

Teen Date Night Thriller

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.

In Memoriam

Several lights of the literary world passed away recently.

Smashing Jim Crow in the Nation's Capital CANCELED

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.

Booker Books

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.

Temperature Dropping?

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.

Healing the World

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.

Best Books for Teens 2009

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.  

How Many Countries Have Your Pajamas Seen?

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

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