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  • Obsessed with “Wolf Hall”?

    The addictive new PBS series (based on Hilary Mantel's novels) follows the life of 1500s political leader Thomas Cromwell. Between episodes you can satisfy your craving for beautiful people, struggles for power, and political intrigue with these shows:

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    Waiting for "A Spool of Blue Thread"?

    Waiting for “A Spool of Blue Thread”?

    Anne Tyler’s beautifully written tale of the Whitshank family “untangles the threads that bind and sometimes choke all of them.” (Library Journal) Whether you’re still waiting to read “A Spool of Blue Thread,” or already read and loved it, we think you’ll also enjoy these character-driven family stories:   After This by Alice McDermott A […]

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    Drop Everything and Read - at Buzz Bakery

    Drop Everything and Read – at Buzz Bakery

    Looking for an excuse to finish the book on your nightstand? Or start your next book club choice? That’s what over 40 people did at Buzz Bakery in Ballston last Tuesday night. Buzz donated a percentage of that evening’s profits to the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, and attendees had the chance to sign up […]

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    Postcard Display Celebrates America's Libraries

    Postcard Display Celebrates America’s Libraries

    Souvenirs from the Early 20th Century On exhibit at Central Library, April 2015. Don’t miss this month’s historic postcard display at Central in honor of National Library Week. It includes images of dozens of beautiful library buildings, many of them Carnegie Libraries, which were built between 1890 and 1920.   The postcards are part of […]

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    13 Picture Books for Spring

    13 Picture Books for Spring

    Celebrate Spring with a Good Book! Join us April 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a special April showers storytime at the Shirlington Branch Library, followed by a toddler dance party.   And you can share these stories about rain and spring at any time:   Blue on Blue by Dianne White Rhyming text and illustrations […]

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    Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences

    Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences

    National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward stressed the importance of dialogue both locally and nationally during two Arlington Reads 2015 appearances April 8.  Speaking first to students at Marymount University, Ward said “hope” was the key to confronting each new day despite the weight of the latest tragic headlines stemming from the issues of race […]

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    Central Shines with Energy Savings

    Central Shines with Energy Savings

    The results are in and Central Library is doing even better than expected in terms of sustainability efforts. Central was tapped three years ago by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy to be the County’s first showcase project for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The goal was to cut energy use 20 […]