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 

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 


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) Ask library staff to sign you up. 
2) Pick out a recipe from this month's cookbook. 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 (while supplies last!). 
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. 

Esplanade Book Club
​Friday, September 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 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 The Whistler by John Grisham

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history. What's the source of the ill-gotten gains? 

(palisades people) Sunday Symposia: The Hostage’s Daughter

Sunday, September 17, 4:30 pm at the HNA Conference Center

Sulome Anderson, former Palisades resident, conflict reporter, and daughter of one of the world's most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, will discuss war,   journalism and politics in this talk based on her eye-opening memoir, The Hostage's Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East

In 1991, six-year-old Sulome met her father for the first time. While working as the Middle East bureau chief for the AP covering the long and bloody civil war in Lebanon, Terry was kidnapped by a Shiite Muslim militia associated with the Hezbollah movement. Years later Sulome investigated her father’s kidnapping for her memoir.

Offering an intimate look at the effect of the Lebanese Hostage Crisis, this event is recommended for anyone interested in international relations and America's role in its fate.

This program will be held at the: HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center, 334 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964. There will be a $10 ($5 for students) charge at the door to benefit the library. 

Tech Tuesdays: Meet Libby
Tuesday, September 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
& Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Drop in with your iOS, Android, or Microsoft device for help with Libby, Overdrive's new app for discovering
and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks
 for free with your library card.
Can't make it to Tech Tuesdays?! Call the library at 845.359.0136 to schedule an appointment for
one-on-one assistance at a time that's convenient for you!
Sign up online for the afternoon session.
Sign up online for the evening session.

Inspiration from the Past 
Paintings by Carol Luckhardt
October 1-31
Marie H. Firestone Community Room

Opening Reception:
Sunday, October 1, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
The public is invited.