Palisades Free Library Website


JUNE 26 – AUGUST 21, 2017

This year adults can join in the fun by participating in the Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge.

Visit the library to register and receive your Book Bingo Challenge card. As a bonus for signing up, you can stop by the Reference Desk and pick out (and keep!) an ARC (advanced reading copy) of recent and upcoming titles (including must-reads from this year's BookExpo)!
  • Anyone 18+ is welcome to register (certain squares will require a Palisades Free Library card to access online resources).
  • You may only count one square per book. Fill in the titles of the items as you finish them.
  • Complete five squares in a row to make a Bingo!
  • When you have one Bingo or more, submit your card to library staff.
  • You may start a second card only after completing your first card.

To complete the square asking you to write a book review, pick up a paper form at the library (one will be provided when you register for the summer reading program) or you can submit your review online (link opens a Google form, no sign-in required). This year we’re asking you to review one book! It’s quick, easy, and fun.  If you choose, you can share your review with friends and neighbors by having it posted to the Palisades Free Library Blog.

Ask at the Reference Desk for help finding books to complete your Bingo Bingo Challenge card, check out the Book Bingo Challenge Online Guide, stop by one of the Library’s summer reading displays, visit the Library’s What Should I Read Next? or Best Books Pinterest Boards, or try out NoveList Plus (sign in from home with your library card number and PIN).

The bingo card also includes some e-Resources Palisades Free Library cardholders can try for free anytime! All you need is your library card number, and, in some cases, your PIN or password.

Listen to an audiobook (and find e-books!): Overdrive E-Books and Audiobooks
Read an article/product review: Consumer Reports
Learn a phrase in another language: Rosetta Stone
Follow/join the library on social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Wordpress, and Meetup

Need help getting started with, or have questions about, these online resources? Stop by the library for one-on-one assistance with Overdrive, Consumer Reports, Rosetta Stone,
and more. Call 845.359.0136, or e-mail Adult Services Librarian Anya Berg at, to make an appointment for technology assistance at a time that's convenient for you!


OTHER PRIZES: Other prizes include signed copies of upcoming books by Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You), Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), Melanie Benjamin (The Aviator's Wife), and more!



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
Every Monday @ 11:30 am
"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
(i.e. food!) with Linda Jouas, Palisades resident and veteran New York State certified teacher of French.
Learners of all levels welcome to participate.
Sign up online or RSVP on 

Esplanade Book Club
​Friday, July 21 @ 11:00am
Auditorium, The Esplanade at Palisades

Join us for the new 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 Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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!

Sign up online or RSVP on 


Outdoor Movie Night
Tuesday, August 8, 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family, and a blanket or chairs, for a movie under the stars in the library's parking lot! Refreshments will be served. 

The NeverEnding Story (1984, Rated PG, Dir: Wolfgang Petersen, Warner Bros., 94 min.): A bullied boy escapes into a book store and is drawn into a storybook fantasy in which a wonderland is
endangered and needs to be save from destruction.
Rain date: Tuesday, August 15, 8:00 pm

Sign up online or RSVP on 

Beekeeping Meetup
Tuesday, September 12 @ 7:00 pm

Exchange knowledge, tips, and tricks with other backyard beekeepers. Experienced beekeepers, novice beekeepers, and anyone interested in this fascinating hobby are welcome to attend. The first meeting will be led by Aurelio Orlandini, a local beekeeper with 20+ years' experience.
Sign up online or RSVP on 


Cookbook Club
Thursday, September 14, 7:00 pm

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Part potluck, part discussion, the Palisades Free Library Cookbook Club is for you! All in attendance will be entered into a prize drawing for a signed copy of this month's cookbook! 

Here's how it works: 
1) Stop by the Reference Desk to sign up starting on Tuesday, August 1st, and pick out a recipe from this month's cookbook: 
The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School: Recipes and Inspiration to Build a Lifetime of Confidence in the Kitchen by Alison Cayne. 

2) Library staff will make you a copy of the recipe you select, or you can check out a copy of the cookbook to take home. 
3) Prepare the recipe at home and bring it in on the night of the meeting to share with other participants while we discuss the cookbook and enjoy wine selected by the experts at The Grape D'Vine with your meal.