Neighborhood Library

Away from Home: Afghanistan

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.

November Is Aviation History Month

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.

Have You Ever Seen an Elephant?

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

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.

Read National Book Award Winners in Fiction

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)

Investigating World Cultures

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.