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On Exhibit April 1 - 30
Marie H. Firestone Community Room

An Eclectic Mix: Cityscapes, Landscapes, Portraits and More
(Acrylic on Canvas)

Paintings by Donna Litz 

Artist Statement:
I believe we are all born with strong characteristics or desires that are fundamentally who we are. Mine lean resolutely towards creativity.  I was born wanting to be an artist.
From as early as I can remember, the look and form of my environment held a certain fascination for me. Nature, animals and the human face, in particular, had a certain appeal. Have you ever been intrigued by the sight of a honeybee covered in pollen? I could see things so clearly in my mind’s eye and remember often wanting to capture what I saw. I was quiet and introspect, and my imagination was always active.
My creativity took many forms over the years, drawing, painting, or creating crafts. I took to sewing when I was fourteen, the aesthetic fashioning of the outfit being just as important as its function.  Later in life, I dabbled in writing for the Hudson Valley Canvas Art’s Magazine and spent five intensive years writing a novel. Even at home my yard and vegetable garden became a form of artistic expression for me.
Now, after a lifetime, the pull toward the fine arts has finally taken over.  With the idea of “If not now, when?” I’ve finally begun my painting career.
My goal is to be open.  There is joy in accepting whatever comes and in looking at each new situation as an opportunity to learn and grow. I’m having fun exploring my newfound skill; hours slip away as I get lost in the process, ideas for next paintings pile up in my head, and I find myself getting excited about sharing my work with anyone and everyone.
Hope you enjoy my latest efforts and wish to extend my gratitude for your interest.

Open Play Mah Jongg
Tuesdays @ 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.


The Artist's Way
Monthly Meetup

Wednesdays @ 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!
Register online or RSVP on the Library's Meetup page.


(palisades people) SUNDAY SYMPOSIA: I'll Never Leave This Place Alive
Sunday, May 7, 4:30-6:00 pm at the Palisades Community Center

I'll Never Leave this Place Alive: A Pioneering Female Geologist Explores South America and the Shifting Landscape of Women in the Sciences

Travel memoirs to exotic regions infrequently feature women as protagonists, rarely combine laugh-out-loud misadventures with insights about the pioneering efforts of women to enter the almost exclusively male branches of field sciences.

Margaret Winslow is a field geologist with over thirty years of wilderness experience and the award-winning author of Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond (2012) and The Cusp of Dreadfulness (2016). Margaret's book is like Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, but set in a dictatorship located at the tip of South America during the turbulent 1970's through 1990's.

This program will be held at: The Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Road, Palisades, NY. FREE ADMISSION. Registration is requested.

This symposium is made possible through a generous donation from the estate of Dorothy S. Davis.



Esplanade Book Club: A Spool of Blue Thread
​Friday, May 19 @ 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 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. 

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories only reveal part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's parents, newly arrive in Baltimore in the 1920's, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor. 


Little Known Films: O'Horten
Saturday, May 20 @ 5:00 pm
A special after hours showing, with appetizers, of the film featured in the May 2017 issue of 10964: The Palisades Newsletter. Joining us to introduce the film will be film director (“Charlie Hoboken”, “Undertow”), Palisades resident, and writer of the newsletter's "Little Known Films" column, Tom Mazziotti.

O'Horten (2007, Rated PG-13, Sony Picture Classics, Dir. Bent Hamer, 90 min., Norwegian with English subtitles): The moment the train leaves the station without engineer Odd Horten (Brad Owe) aboard, he realizes the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has been forced to retire after 40 years of traveling a very stable rail, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas.


Backyard Beekeeping: From Hive to Honey
Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm
Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or thinking about starting a backyard beehive, you know that there is nothing sweeter than honey harvested from the backyard. This workshop, with local beekeeper Aurelio Orlandini, is focused on the beginning beekeeper. Learn how to successfully set up a backyard hive and get tips on how to keep a thriving hive. A question & answer session will follow the presentation.


French Language Meetup
Mondays @ 11:30 am, starting in June

Upcoming Meetings: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26
"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.
Click here to sign up or RSVP on the Library’s Meetup page!

Cookbook Club
Thursday, June 8 @ 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!

Here's how it works:
1) Stop by the Reference Desk to sign up and pick out a recipe from June's cookbook. 
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. Enjoy wine selected by the experts at The Grape D'Vine with your meal:
June's Cookbook:
The Love & Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking  by Jeanine Donofrio
Sometimes all you need is a little spark of inspiration to change up your regular cooking routine. The Love & Lemons Cookbook features more than one hundred simple recipes that help you turn your farmers market finds into delicious meals. 
Organized by ingredient, The Love & Lemons Cookbook teaches readers how to make beautiful food with what’s on hand, whether it’s a bunch of rainbow-colored heirloom carrots from the farmers market or a four-pound cauliflower that just shows up in a CSA box. The book also features resources to show readers how to stock their pantry, gluten-free and vegan options for many of the recipes, as well as ideas on mixing and matching ingredients, so that readers always have something new to try.