Adventures in Curiosity

This year’s Literary Festival takes place Wednesday, December 7 through Saturday, December 10. Our theme is Adventures in Curiosity. The Literary Festival is comprised of visits to the local library, talks by incredible authors and writers, a pop-up bookstore, and a special Literary Festival Kuyam. The many Literary Festival activities are designed to celebrate and encourage a love of reading and writing; this festival promotes a passion for reading, inspires our students to take ownership over their literary creativity by seeing themselves as authors, and instills a culture of visiting libraries and bookstores.

Each year, our committee brings renowned authors to speak to our community and share their valuable insights and passion for literature, science, research, and various disciplines. This year’s event features the following guests:

Dana Goodyear, author, poet, and staff writer for The New Yorker.
Heather Hach Hearne, Freaky Friday screenwriter.
Suzanne Hudson – Painting Now.
Susan Kaiser Greenland – Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families.
Chitra Kallay – The Flat on Malabar Hill.
Justin Merz – The Boxcar Children Movie
Annie Parnell – Missy Piggle Wiggle.
Barney Saltzberg– Arlo Needs Glasses, Crazy Hair Day, and more.
Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter –When Miles Got Mad and other books from their Mother Company series.
Janis Thomas, Sir Lacksalot and the Two-Headed Dragon.

Titles will line the North Campus Art and Music walls from Wednesday through Saturday. Our pop-up bookstore will feature children’s books inspired by our theme along with traditional titles to serve as great holiday gifts. The Literary Festival culminates with a Community Day, Saturday, December 10, where members of the Palisades community are invited to join our celebration of books, peruse our pop-up store, and register their children for FREE makerspace activities. The makerspace events will entail the building of art bots and robots and are designed for children ages 5-18. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The Literary Festival’s Community is free to the public. Register here for the Saturday makerspace activities. We invite you and your friends in the greater Palisades community to be a part of our literary celebration!


Literary Festival Hours

December 7, 2PM – 5PM
December 8 through 10, 8AM – 5PM

December 10Open to the Palisades Community for Celebration of Books and Makerspace Events!

Makerspace program times: 9AM , 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2PM

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