Archive for June, 2016

“What Next To Read”

June 23, 2016

If your child is looking for the next good read, come to the library and look at all the books we have displayed.

The book displays, in the Children’s Room, are divided by age/grade level.  These books were recommended by librarians and teachers.  There are also many displayed books dealing with the summer theme of good nutrition and movement.

Take a look.  There is something for everyone.

Character, Driven.

June 22, 2016

index.jpgCliff is a hilarious voice. He is always trying to be something he is not. He yearns for his life to be more exciting and dramatic. More plot, less character development.

With only one year left of high school, seventeen-year-old Cliff Sparks is desperate to find a girlfriend and “come of age.” But he’s never had much luck with girls. So when he falls for Jillian, a new classmate, at first sight, all he can do is worship her from afar. At the same time, Cliff has to figure out what to do with the rest of his life, since he’s pretty sure his unemployed father plans to kick him out of the house the minute he turns eighteen. Time is running out. Cliff is at the edge, on the verge, dangling―and holding on for dear life.


“Lilac Girls”

June 22, 2016

Martha Hall Kelly’s first novel “Lilac Girls” follows the lives of three very different women during World War II.  This book depicts a fictional narrative of these women from the late 1930s to 1959.  The characters of Caroline Ferriday and Herta Oberheuser were real.  Kasia Kuzmerick is a composite character.

Caroline Ferriday was a wealthy woman who worked for various causes during and after the war.  Herta Oberheuser, a German doctor, was a staff member of the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, Hitler’s only major concentration camp exclusively for women.  The third main character, a young Polish girl, Kasia Kuzmerick, is loosely based on the 74 Polish “Rabbits” who were imprisoned at the camp.

In the novel, Kasia and her sister, are sent to Ravensbruck for working with the Polish underground.  Kasia’s mother, because she protests her daughters’ imprisonment, is taken as well.  At Ravensbruck the girls and many other young women were subjected to brutal experiments that either killed or maimed them forever.  The experiments were performed by Herta Oberheuser.

Caroline Ferriday works with a French relief agency and eventually gets involved in trying to win justice for the Polish “Rabbits.”



Kelly’s novel is well researched.  The most powerful parts of the book deal with the brutality of the staff at Ravensbruck and the bravery of those victims of Nazi hatred.  Kelly chooses to invent a love interest for Ferriday because she felt the relationship gave Caroline more of a personal connection to France.  Unfortunately, I felt, it detracted from the main intent of the story–to tell a true story of the pain and suffering of these captured  women.

This is a powerful story of the bravery of women.  Perhaps a better written and more intense novel dealing with French women during the war is “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.  But both books portray the horrors of war through the eyes of women.


“Libraries Ready to Code”

June 21, 2016

The 2016 ALA conference is set to take place from June 23 – 28, in Orlando, Florida, and I’m envious of those librarians who will be attending. So many different topics will be explored, and according to the ALA Washington Dispatch, one session will focus on the joint project “Libraries Ready to Code”. This project was launched on April 13th, 2016, following the announcement of the President’s plan in January: CS [Computer Science] for All.  Awareness is quickly growing of the importance of increased literacy skills to enable students to successfully compete in the digital economy of 21st century. “Libraries Ready to Code” will investigate current coding activities in libraries, both school and public, from the earliest ages through high school, and determine how to broaden their reach. Palisades Library is right on the cusp with our coding club, so kudos to Lillian and board member Jennifer Citrolo, whom I believe is responsible for the idea .


June 20, 2016


The Palisades Library Teen Summer Reading Program begins this week! Starting on Friday June 24th, Teen Book Bingo Challenge sheets will be available at the Circulation desk and online (rules will be printed on the back). Completing rows on the Bingo card earns you points which you can redeem for prizes at the end of the Summer!

The theme this summer (because of the Summer Olympic Games) is “Get in the Game: Read,” so look out for our sports-themed book displays!

Additionally, Summer Reading lists and Teen/Tween book advisory pamphlets will be available.

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