Neighborhood Library

"Crossing the Tracks"

This June, discover first-time novelist Barbara Stuber, whose book Crossing the Tracks has stirred up some dust.  After her mother's death, the 15-year-old heroine, Iris, is placed by her father as a  housekeeper and companion to an elderly woman located in rural Missouri.

Novel Destinations

Calling all armchair, virtual and real world travelers to the Palisades Library. Check out the book display of Novel Destinations and choose one for your trip of a lifetime.Mark your journey with a sticker on the World Map wall. Request a Novel Destinations reading record, and after recording five books, you will be entered into a drawing for a book prize. The trip begins now and runs through the month of August.

Be Inspired at the Speak Easy Salon

On June 14 at 7 p.m. the Speak Easy Salon will discuss A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother by Janny Scott.  Stanley Ann Dunham's story begins with her family's history and follows her determination to enter and succeed in the male-dominated field of international development. Join us in the discovery of a substantive and enlightened woman. 

The Great Readoff: Can You Read More Than a Librarian?

In a galaxy far, far away, there were two librarians who challenged the vast empire of talented readers at their library to a summer reading duel.

Art Club Makes Books and Commercials to Promote Themselves

This past month at Palisades Library, Art Club made an endorsement for reading. Members of the club came up with their own book ideas and created the covers. Afterwards, they created and filmed their own commercials to advertise their books. Take a look at what the kids came up with.

American Girls Book Club

Please join us for a discussion of Kirsten’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Janet Shaw. The Larson family celebrates their first Christmas in America, and Kirsten wants to keep some of their Swedish traditions alive in the new country.  She secretly plans a Saint Lucia celebration for her family. 

Shoe-la-la! Party

Based on the book Shoe-la-la! by Karen B

Summer Fashion Design and Show

Share and recycle your old clothes with other fashionistas.  Bring three to five items from your closet that you would like to give away and swap for other items.  Create new outfits, and personalize your duds by cutting, hemming, appliqué and other techniques to make the perfect summer outfit. Then show off your outfits at the fashion show. Select materials will be provided (sewing machine, thread and buttons).  Design session is Wednesday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m, and the fashion show is Tuesday, May 31, at 3:45 p.m. For ages 8 to 14.

A Visit from the Planks

Thursday night, Palisades Library sailed the seven seas with Mary Quattlebaum, the author of Pirate Vs. Pirate. Quattlebaum showed up in full pirate gear to celebrate her tale of Mean Mo and Bad Bart. Several young buccaneers showed up for grog and seafaring tales. Some pirates even chose to dress up for the occasion. The crew enjoyed treats constructed by our ship's cook... pirate cupcakes and some (ginger) ale. As the author of Pirate Vs. Pirate, Quattlebaum recounted the story of Mean Mo and Bad Bart with members of the audience acting out the story. The battles raged on as Bad Bart and Mean Mo wrestled sharks and threw cannon balls to find out who was the best pirate of them all. Crabclaw, a pirate companion of the author, came for the show as well. During the evening, the kids asked him a lot of questions, including an interesting conversation about the purpose of a cell phone. "Is it to call your shipmates?" He asked one boy.    All and all, it was an enjoyable night on the seven seas for these young buccaneers. Mary Quattlebaum, or Captain Q as she was called, provided a night full of excitement for all who attended. Not only did we have the chance to converse in pirate for a full hour, we met an accomplished author who is excited about writing and the stories she crafts.--by Jess Stork