The Big Read: Year Long Book Selection for the whole Palestine District

Club meets on the second Thursday of every month from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Refreshments are provided


May 30th- Juggling Jeff

@Palestine Public Library 10:00- 11:00 am

June 6th- Animal Tales

@Palestine Public Library 10:00 - 11:00 am

June 13th- Richard Landry

@Palestine Public Library 10:00 - 11:00 am

June 20th- Mad Science

@Palestine Grade School 10:00 - 11:00 am

June 27th- Fairytale Entertainment

@Fife Opera House 10:00 - 11:00 am

Pool Party -Date to be announced

@ Robinson Municipal Swimming Pool 7:00 - 9:00 pm

The son of two writers, John Berendt grew up in Syracuse, New York. He earned a B.A. in English from Harvard University, where he worked on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1961, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. Berendt has written for David Frost and Dick Cavett, was editor of New York magazine from 1977 to 1979, and wrote a monthly column for Esquire from 1982 to 1994.

Berendt first traveled to Savannah in the early 1980s, when he realized that he could fly there for a three-day weekend for the price of “a paillard of veal served on a bed of wilted radicchio” [p. 24] in one of New York’s trendier restaurants. Over the ensuing eight
years his visits became more frequent and extended, until he was spending more time in Savannah than in New York.

Part of the appeal, Berendt says, lay in the city’s penchant for morbid gossip: “People in Savannah don’t say, ‘Before leaving the room, Mrs. Jones put on her coat.’ Instead, they say, 'Before leaving the room, Mrs. Jones put on the coat that her third husband gave her before he shot himself in the head.” (Entertainment Weekly, 3/11/94, p. 52)

Since the publication and unprecedented success of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt has become a Savannah celebrity and was even presented with the key to the city. “I took it down to City Hall one night to see if it would work, but it didn't.” (Syracuse Post Standard)- Amazon

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Mon, Wed, Fri

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tues & Thurs

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

​Closed Sat & Sun

Computer Workshops

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981.  Was it murder or self-defense?  For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.  John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction.  Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight.  These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. -Amazon

Adult Reading Club

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique.- Amazon

With Funds provided by the Leo Herning Foundation Grant, the Palestine Public Library is once again hosting FREE Computer Workshops in our Technology Center. Check out all that we have to offer! Register by calling 586-5317 or register at the front desk! Registration is required.

  • April 3, 10, 17, 24th from 6 - 8 pm - Introduction to Online College Courseswith Hannah Tuemler from Lincoln Trail College 

  • May 8, 15, 22, 29th from 6 - 8 pm- Quickbooks for Intermediate Users with Lauren Lewis and AnneMarie Hopkins from Kemper

  • May 15, 17, 22, 24th from 4 - 6 pm- Basic Computing with Chuck Bennett from Lincoln Trail College 

  • June 5, 7, 12, 14th from 4 - 6 pm- Windows 10 with Chuck Bennett from Lincoln Trail College 

  • June 19,21, 26, 28th from 4 - 6 pm (tentative)- File Management with Linda Branch and Tancy Finkbiner

  • July 10, 12, 17, 19th from 4-6 pm- Computer Maintenance and Safety with Chuck Bennett from

  • Lincoln Trail College

  • July 24, 26, 31 & Aug. 2 from 4 - 6 pm - Excel with Linda Branch and Tancy Finkbiner

W. White Amvets #33, Cheryl Mefford

Jonas Jonasson is the author of the novel The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which has sold more than eight million copies worldwide. He was a journalist for many years, then became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting events production company for Swedish television. After selling his company, he moved abroad to work on his first novel. Jonasson now lives with his son on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.



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