September is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Have a family member, friend, or neighbor in Palisades or Sparkill who does not have a Palisades Free Library Card?! Help spread the word: A library card opens doors and opens minds! Everyone who signs up for a Palisades Free Library Card in September will be entered into a raffle to win a prize at the end of the month!

2015 Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Slogan

The 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program starts today!!! Through Friday, August 14th, participants can submit reviews in the library or online for a chance to win prizes at the Wrap-Up Party, which will be held in the library on Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00pm. Share your review(s) with friends and neighbors by having it posted right here on the Palisades Free Library Blog! The more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win. No registration is required to participate in the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Please register in the library, by phone, or online for the Adult Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party. Happy Reading!!!

The library would like to thank the following local businesses for generously donating to the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program prize baskets:

Mimi's Plate

Greek Village

Soft Cloth Car Wash

BookExpo America (BEA)

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend BookExpo America for the first time. This year BEA ran at the Javits Center for three days, allowing librarians, booksellers, retailers, and book industry professionals many opportunities to interact with authors and publishers and find out more about new and upcoming adult, YA, and children’s fiction and non-fiction titles.

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I was able to pick up a number of new and buzzworthy books including The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Frances-Sharma, Bastards: A Memoir by Mary Anna King (pub. date: 6/22), and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.

In the afternoon, I gave my feet a rest during the 4th Annual Book Group Speed Dating Event. During the event, representatives from 27 publishers shared their fall and winter picks for book clubs and distributed galleys for many of the titles discussed, providing me with some great selections for upcoming meetings of the library’s R.E.a.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Book Discussion Group.


By the end of the day I had the biggest suitcase I own filled with great hardcover titles, signed galleys, and other book-related giveaways for the library’s collection and for this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program (stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more info!). I am so glad I had the chance to go, especially since next year’s BEA will be held in Chicago.

LearningExpress Library

The e-mail is down, so I’m putting this in a post on the blog.  A patron called today inquiring about what type of SAT prep resources we have available online for her son.  I directed her to LearningExpress Library and explained how to log in to the site and what would be available for her son.  About ten minutes later I got a call back from her son saying that he couldn’t log in.  He kept entering his barcode and the last four digits of his phone number, but he could not log in.  I said I would speak to Maria about it and find out what the problem is and see if we could get it resolved.  Is there another way to log in to LearningExpress?  I have never logged in to it from outside the library, but I thought you were supposed to log in the same way that you log in to our other online resources.

Work In Progress

Hi, Everyone!

Savannah and I worked on the new display today- it’s going to be school-themed and I’m going to bring in props on Monday to finish it.  Anyone who brought me in film supplies for our last display, thank you very much!  I left all the supplies behind the Ref Desk.

We also created the Hunger Games flier for the movie showing on Thursday, Sept. 20.