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Open Play Mah Jongg
Every Tuesday @ 11:00 am

The Mah Jongg group meets every Tuesday. Advanced beginners and experienced players welcome for casual, non-competitive play. No instruction is provided and we recommend that you bring your own National Mah Jongg League card.


French Language Meetup
Mondays @ 11:30 am
Upcoming Beginner Meetings: 11/13 & 11/27
Upcoming Inter./Adv. Meetings: 11/6 & 11/20
"Parlons français ensemble!"
Learn and practice French in a fun, collaborative, and relaxed environment. Experience French language and culture through mini-lessons, conversation,
and interactive activities with Marianne Scordel,
native French speaker.

The beginner group is geared toward those new to the French language and the intermediate/advanced group for those comfortable conversing in French, however learners of all levels welcome in both groups!
Sign up online or RSVP on 

Kids Against Climate Change Student Posters 
Posters by Ms. Christie-Blick's 5th grade science
students at Cottage Lane Elementary, SOCSD

November 13 - December 8
Marie H. Firestone Community Room


Esplanade Book Club
Friday, November 17
 @ 11:00am
Auditorium, The Esplanade at Palisades

Join us for the Esplanade Book Club, a librarian-led book discussion meeting every month in the auditorium of The Esplanade at Palisades. Questions?! Contact Anya Berg, Adult Services Librarian at the Palisades Free Library or Karen Roth, Director of Recreation at The Esplanade at Palisades.

This month we'll be discussing Céline by Peter Heller

From the best-selling author of The Dog Starsand The Painter , a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Inspired by the life of Heller's own remarkable mother, a chic and iconoclastic private eye, Celine is a deeply personal novel, a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss.

DIY Organics: Make Your Own Face and Lip Balms
Wednesday, November 29 @ 7:00 pm

Custom-make your own face and lip balm using essential oils and other natural ingredients with librarian and DIYer Cheryl McNeil. Take both home to keep and make an extra sample size lip balm (or two!) to give as a gift, just in time for the holidays. All materials provided (gift bag included!). Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.
Sign up online (starting on 11/1/17).

Annual Meeting
Sunday, December 3 @ 2:00 PM

Program: Hudson Valley Historic Haunts with Linda Zimmermann
New York's Hudson River Valley is a place of beauty and history. It is also one of the most haunted regions in the country. This program explores tales of ancient Indian spirits, soldiers who still walk the battlefields, old Dutch settlements, mansions, and cemeteries. Beware; a passing shadow or faint whisper may signal that you have just had an encounter in the historic and haunted Hudson Valley!
Election of Trustee: Sarah Buterbaugh
Movie for the Kids in the Children's Room: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017, Rated PG, Open Road Films, Dir. Cal Brunker, 91 min.)

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The Artist's Way Meetup
First Wednesday of Every Month @ 7:00 pm


Whether you create art to live or simply wish to live more creatively, find your motivation while we explore
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Bring your artwork, writing, music, etc. to share with the group (not required, but strongly encouraged). Newcomers welcome!

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3rd Annual Adult

Thursday, December 7 @ 7:00 PM

("Winner" 2016 Bad Art Night)

Adults, leave your talent and good taste at home.
Get creative, get messy, make a disasterpiece...
and win a prize!*

All bad art supplies will be provided. 
Registration requested. 
* (or create something not-so-awful in time for
holiday gift giving)

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(palisades people) Sunday Symposia: Altered Traits with Daniel Goleman
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the Tappan Manse Barn

Palisades resident and internationally known psychologist, science journalist, and New York Times bestselling author, Daniel Goleman is credited with introducing the world to the revolutionary idea of emotional intelligence, a concept which has transformed how people think about ability, leadership, and success in business.

In this talk he will discuss his latest book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, in which the award-winning writer, along with co-author Richard Davidson, uses cutting–edge research and current data to show the truth about what meditation can really do, and how to derive the greatest benefits from the increasingly popular practice.

Tickets: $10 ($5 STUDENTS) at the door to benefit the Palisades Free Library. 
This program will be held at: Tappan Manse Barn, 32 Old Tappan Road in Tappan, NY. 

Esplanade Book Club
Friday, December 15
 @ 11:00am
Auditorium, The Esplanade at Palisades

Join us for the Esplanade Book Club, a librarian-led book discussion meeting every month in the auditorium of The Esplanade at PalisadesQuestions?! Contact Anya Berg, Adult Services Librarian at the Palisades Free Library or Karen Roth, Director of Recreation at The Esplanade at Palisades.

This month we'll be discussing The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate the first automobile any of them have seen and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change . Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.