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  • Use Market Turbulence to Strategize (not Panic)

    According to investment strategists, recent big shifts in the markets make this a good time to consider changing or rebalancing your proportion of stocks and bonds. These books can help you decide how to best adjust your investments:

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    Alex Braden: Sound Installation

    Alex Braden: Sound Installation

    Piece and Quiet Arlington County Spotlight Artist Grant, to be installed Saturdays in 2014: Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Westover Branch Library Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Cherrydale Branch Library Saturday, Dec. 6 at Central library True quiet is a near impossible experience. Even in anechoic chambers—soundproofed spaces designed to eliminate echoes—the sound of breathing […]

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    Video: Ann Patchett at Central

    Video: Ann Patchett at Central

    Watch a masterful talk by the great Ann Patchett at Arlington Central Library The acclaimed author, essayist, book store co-owner and dog lover drew a devoted overflow crowd for her Arlington Reads Extra appearance Oct. 23. The evening was made possible by the Friends of Arlington Public Library. Special thanks to Rob Farr and David […]

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    A Night to Remember at the Lit Up Ball

    A Night to Remember at the Lit Up Ball

    The Second Annual Lit Up Ball was another night to remember, with dancing to excellent music performed by the Hot Society Orchestra, delicious deserts and a spy game worthy of 007 himself. Spy-themed cocktails (shaken not stirred, of course) were enjoyed by all, and the raffle baskets raised over $500 for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.   Nearly […]

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    Seeking Opinionated Teen Reviewers

    Seeking Opinionated Teen Reviewers

    Write for Us! We’re looking for teens to review the books they read this year for our teen tumblr. We love to have recommendations from teens for teens! Who better to give us the inside scoop on what’s worth checking out in our YA department? If you’re a teen (or a parent who knows a teen) that […]

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    Dangerous and Well Dressed

    Dangerous and Well Dressed

    What does the best dressed heroine or villain of the 50s or 60s wear? While the photos below focus primarily on early Bond Girls (and one uber-villain), these links will help you find costuming for more eras, ages and character types: Browse Amalgamated Clothing on Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria, where shoppers will receive a discount […]

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    And the Answer is 432 Library Cards

    And the Answer is 432 Library Cards

    The question: How many Arlington Public Library cards fit into an old Mary Jane candy jar? We received plenty of guesses for our National Library Card Sign-Up Month contest, ranging from 38 to 920 cards. The closest estimation came from Library fan Hina, who was just a bit short with 363 cards. For her efforts, […]