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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 5, 2018


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and to celebrate the Palisades Free Library is giving you access to even more of what you want…hoopla and Kanopy!download

Hoopla allows you to instantly borrow (i.e. no waiting lists!) digital movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks, comics, and TV shows. All you need is your Palisades Free Library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started with over half a million titles in six different formats. As a Palisades Free Library cardholder, you can now borrow 5 titles per month!

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Kanopy allows you to stream 30,000+ films on demand from your computer, television, or mobile device. There’s an amazing selection, including Paramount Pictures Classics, the Criterion Collection, film festival favorites, Academy Award winners and nominees, and so much more! Kanopy Kids is also included, which features a collection geared toward children aged preschool and up, and offers Common Sense Media ratings for all content. As a Palisades Free Library cardholder, you can now stream 5 titles per month!

Need help getting started?! Check out the help links provided on the library’s Adult Services page, or contact library staff. Happy reading (and watching)!


Adult Summer Reading Book Reviews Are In!

August 14, 2018

The 2018 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge is complete and the book reviews are in! See what participants thought about¬†The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, and Circe by Madeline Miller below. Sound like something you’d like to read? Click on the book cover to reserve your copy!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (5 stars – LOVED IT!)


A book about love between two people that was so strong it never ended no matter where life took them. I couldn’t put this book down and completely connected with the characters and emotions. If you believe in fate you will love this story. It will pull at your heart strings! – Jennifer C.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (5 stars – LOVED IT!)


A series of essays written by the late Nora Ephron. The author shares her true and hilarious feelings on such subjects as growing older and the burden of femininity such as carrying purses and maintaining one’s looks. I found it “laugh out loud” funny. It is the perfect read for a relaxing day and every reader will relate and recommend to a friend. – Candy P.

Circe by Madeline Miller (4.5 stars – REALLY LIKED/LOVED IT!)

51eaZ1mO9ML._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_I absolutely loved this book. Miller takes the well-known stories from Greek mythology and puts a new spin to them. The novel has many characteristics of Greek mythology – magic, bloodshed, betrayal, family drama – but also includes a re-telling of the often overlooked and villianized Circe. Miller’s Circe is complex and powerful. While the goddess is certainly not portrayed as perfect, Circe is characterized as kind, empathetic and most of all, reflective. She experiences adventures on the level of epics, but she also deals with very human experiences like motherhood. It is in these perhaps smaller, but moving, moments that I fell in love with her story and her life. This book was my favorite novel I’ve read this year and I would definitely recommend it to others. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Until next summer, Happy Reading!




Calling all local authors!

June 28, 2018


Are you a Rockland resident who has published (including self-published) a book in the last four years? Then you may be eligible for the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) Book of the Year Award. Submissions for next year’s award are being accepted now through August 24, 2018. Congratulations to this year’s winner and recipient of the $1000 cash prize (generously donated by The Kurz Family Foundation), Palisades resident and author of The Quack’s Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl, Greta Nettleton! Full submission guidelines and forms can be found here.

Summer Reading for All Ages!

June 28, 2018

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Good books, great programs, awesome prizes. Summer reading for all ages is underway here at the library, including the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge. Stop by to sign up, get your Bingo Card, and spin the prize wheel! Complete the optional book review form and you can have your review published here on the blog. For more info, click here.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Horse Dancer by Jo Jo Moyes

August 21, 2017

51gzQQN9t8L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_(3 stars – liked it)¬†As a Jo Jo Moyes fan I was unfortunately a bit disappointed with this novel. It was too predictable. You knew almost from the start as to how it would end. However, it was still worth reading. Ms. Moyes knows how to engage the reader and does her research well. I did not know anything about the “dancing” French horses and how they and their riders were trained to perform. I would rate the book as a good summer read but definitely not the author’s best. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

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