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  • Start Those College Essays Now!

    Outstanding essays give college applicants a real advantage in the admission process, and summer is the perfect time to start crafting them. This month we have several writing programs to help – and of course we have great books all year round:

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    Play the Undercover Arlington Contest

    Play the Undercover Arlington Contest

    Find the Spies and You Could Win Tickets to the Lit Up Ball The theme for this year’s Ball is Ian Fleming’s “James Bond: From Russia with Love,” so to get you in the mood we’re holding an espionage-in-Arlington puzzle contest! Starting Wednesday, July 16, we will publish a new Undercover Arlington puzzle each Wednesday for […]

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    What Volunteers Do: Get "Real World" Experience

    What Volunteers Do: Get “Real World” Experience

    Arlington Library and Schools Partner for Senior Experience Washington-Lee High School seniors Kyle Chipman and Emma Troy spent the last three weeks of their high school career supporting a critical Library outreach activity – helping Central Library’s Youth Services librarians prepare for Summer Reading. Washington-Lee’s Senior Experience program encourages graduating teens to spend at least 75 hours […]

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    Seeking Opinionated Teen Reviewers!

    Seeking Opinionated Teen Reviewers!

    It’s summer, the perfect time for reading by the pool (or the beach, or in an air-conditioned room). We’re looking for teens who want to review the books they read this summer for our teen blog and teen tumblr. We love to have recommendations from teens for teens! Who better to give us the inside […]

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    Catalog/Accounts Access is Back; Holds and Return Dates Extended

    Catalog/Accounts Access is Back; Holds and Return Dates Extended

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during the recent catalog/accounts system outage. Materials originally due back Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25 are now due Thursday, June 26. If you returned materials during the outage, thank you for your diligence.  Holds will remain on the shelves two extra days. No fines accrued during […]

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    Trail Tales: Opening Day at Long Branch

    Trail Tales: Opening Day at Long Branch

    A New Way To Read and Learn! On Saturday, June 14, kids and families came out to Long Branch Nature Center to walk the trail and learn all about woodlice (also known as pill bugs and roly polies).   Kids could also get their faces painted, listen to special stories, and study woodlice through a microscope:   […]

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    New Flame: The Partner Track

    New Flame: The Partner Track

    “Modern and inspiring read that will leave you thinking about gender, race and class…” New / Old Flames are our favorite books  - the ones we really think you should read too.   The Partner Track by Helen Wan Reviewed by Alexandra Northern Virginia native Helen Wan’s debut novel deserves all the acclaim it has received. This […]