Palisades Free Library News: December 2021

Palisades Free Library
Member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System
19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY 10964

Board of Trustees: Marjorie Galen, President; Margaret Cook, Vice President; Andrew Goffe, Treasurer; Paul Riccobono, Secretary; Sarah Buterbaugh; Marty Nealon; Kathryn Shattuck; Library Director: Maria Gagliardi.

The next board meeting is Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm in person, at the library. All meetings are open to the public.

Masks must be worn at all times in the building. Open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

The Palisades Free Library, founded in 1891, invites you to our first Winterfest and the celebration of the publication of the 4th edition of our community cookbook, Pots & Pans in Palisades. Come enjoy our family friendly winter marketplace at our historic library. Shop handmade jewelry, hand-knit accessories, vintage home goods, wood crafts and original paintings and photographs by Frances Breer. Children can decorate cookies, make cards, hear stories, play games and enjoy all that our community has to offer!

An art sale of original paintings and photographs by local resident artist Frances Breer (1927-2021) will be held in The Palisades Free Library November 27, 2021- January 7, 2022.
Proceeds raised will benefit both the Palisades Free Library and a memorial bench (location TBD) in Franny’s honor.

Stop by the library and pick up your copy for $25. Makes a great holiday gift.

Please stop by the library and vote for our two candidates for Board of Trustees to fill two positions. Kris Haberman has been a resident of Palisades for 20 years, residing in Snedens Landing with his husband and six-year-old son. Kris was owner/principal designer of a landscape design firm, and later was senior account director for ESI Design, an interactive design firm in NYC. He’s currently a stay-at-home dad while setting up his next endeavor, Seven Oaks Farm.

Kathryn Shattuck moved to Palisades with her husband, Paul Papay, in 1996, and they raised their son, Spencer, in the Blacksmith Shop on Oak Tree Road. After 25 years on staff at The New York Times, she now writes as a freelance contributor to the daily culture and Arts & Leisure sections. Both she and Paul, who died in December 2020, previously served on the board, and Spencer, now 24, still finds reasons to visit the library when he ventures home from the city. A former musician, Kathryn can be found polishing her very rusty piano skills late at night when fewer people are awake to hear.

Please register for programs at For full descriptions of programs visit our website. All programs are free. Some programs are in person and some are via Zoom.

Take-and-Make Crafts for Adults and Teens.
Swedish Advent Book Star
Available December 2 while supplies last.
Pine Candle
Available December 16 while supplies last.
Polymer Clay Mini Book
Available January 6 while supplies last.
All materials provided to registrants.

Parent & Caregiver Support Group
First Monday of the month at 11:30 am in the library’s community room. Over the past two years, families have faced a whole new set of stressors. Join Rachel Gottlieb, LCSW, to discuss anything from kid-friendly restaurant recommendations to helping a child with anxiety - no topic is too big or too small. Registration is optional and walk-ins are welcome.

Spark Joy: The KonMari Method for Decluttering
Wednesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm on Zoom
Learn Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic of tidying up with Shannon Honeycutt, certified KonMari consultant. Declutter and organize your space while learning what it means to live a life that sparks joy.

Looking Back at 1955
Monday, January 10 at 7:00 pm on Zoom
Go back in time with speaker Evan Weiner and experience the rollout of the polio vaccine, the murder of Emmett Till, the rise to prominence of Martin Luther King, Jr., the opening of McDonalds, and more!

Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga
Laura Zaino, certified yoga instructor leads a new YouTube video every Friday. Classes are perfect for beginners and suit all body types and ranges of movement. Sign up and a link to the video will be emailed to you to watch at your convenience.

Take-and-Make Crafts
Snow Gauge Kit for Children Available December 2 while supplies last.
Twine Ornament for Teens Available December 7 while supplies last.
Snowflake Craft for Children Available December 16 while supplies last.

Storytime Mondays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 11:30 am in the children’s room. Join Kate for stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft! Please register for this program, which will be held in the Children’s Room. Masks are required for children 2 and older.

Wreath-making for Tweens and Teens
Thursday, December 2 at 4:00 pm at the library
Join Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and learn how to make a fresh winter wreath. Earn one hour of community service credit by making wreaths to sell at the library’s Winterfest on December 4. Take home skills to create wreaths for family and friends! For ages 8+.