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.
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? 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.
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.
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 theScopes 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 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
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.
Born in December 1830, Emily Dickinson is also known as the Belle of Amherst. Do you know why? What other authors does Dickinson remind you of and why? To learn more about Dickinson, her writing, and her life, come check out the display at the Palisades Library.
During the holidays, we think of family and friends, especially those in the armed services, who are away from home. During the months of November and December, the Palisades Library is displaying adult, teen and children's books about Afghanistan. Rory Stewart's adult book The Places in Between will be discussed at the Speak Easy Salon on December 16 at 3:30 p.m. Stewart describes his walk across the breadth of the country. His choice to travel solo without any provisions made his survival dependent on strangers.