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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.

Published on Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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.

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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. This creates a chilling and suspenseful read.

Published on Saturday, November 21, 2009

Interested in airplanes, flying, or pilots? Seen the new movie about Amelia Earheart? In celebration of Aviation History Month, Palisades Library has mounted a display of books about aviation and people instrumental in the history of aviation.

Check Out Kate DiCamillo's New Book: "The Magician's Elephant"

Published on Thursday, November 19, 2009

What if you had never seen an elephant before?  In the days of books, the Internet and camera phones, it's weird to fathom what it would be like not to have seen exotic animals. But in Victorian England, many people hadn't ever seen tigers, elephants or giraffes.  In fact, one artist, Albrecht Dürer, even made a print of a rhinoceros based on a description from a friend in a letter.

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The National Book Award, given since 1950, honors the year’s best work in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Read past winners:

  • Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen (2008)
  • Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson (2007)
  • The Echo Maker by Richard Powers (2006)
  • Europe Central by William T. Vollmann (2005)
  • The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck  (2004)
  • The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard (2003)
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass (2002)
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  • In America by Susan Sontag (2000)

Find these titles in the library catalog. Place a hold to have a book delivered to the library nearest you.

Published on Monday, September 21, 2009

Whether you want to learn about the Sherpas of Nepal, the Inuit of Alaska or the Quechua of Peru, you can find facts and figures in the DCPL Virtual Collection on World Cultures.