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  • “Mom, What Happened During Hurricane Katrina?”

    On its 10 year anniversary, the storm that devastated the Gulf Coast is all over the news. So these books and DVDs are a good, age-appropriate way for young people to learn about this important event in our country's recent history:

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    Remembering Arlington's Freedman's Village

    Remembering Arlington’s Freedman’s Village

    A new bridge to Arlington’s past On Sept. 10, officials will formally dedicate “Freedmans Village Bridge,” the replacement overpass for Washington Boulevard at Columbia Pike.  The naming honor for the 19th century Arlington community of former slaves was approved by the state after a 2008 request from the County Board. Washington Boulevard is officially a […]

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    1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration

    1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration

    On Saturday, Aug. 29, the families of children who have completed our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program gathered at Central Library to celebrate their achievement: If you haven’t registered your baby or preschooler for the program, sign up the next time you’re in the library – it’s easy and fun, and your child […]

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    Waiting for "The English Spy"?

    Waiting for “The English Spy”?

    Daniel Silva’s latest novel features legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon tracking down the killer of the a beloved and iconic member of the British Royal Family. Whether you’re still waiting to read “The English Spy,” or already read and loved it, we think you’ll also enjoy these authors of character-driven espionage thrillers:   Plum […]

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    Seeking Public’s Ideas on Collecting, Preserving, Sharing our History

    Seeking Public’s Ideas on Collecting, Preserving, Sharing our History

    What about Arlington’s history is important to you? Where do you go to learn about our history as a community? How do you think our history should be collected, preserved and shared? Arlington County is asking the public to help it with an initiative launched by the County Manager in January 2015. The Arlington Historical […]

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    Legacy: Hall's Hill VFD and Station No. 8

    Legacy: Hall’s Hill VFD and Station No. 8

    A timeline of the rich history of the Hall’s Hill Volunteer Fire Department, for decades during segregation the only Arlington, Va. station staffed by African Americans 1898 – First firefighting company in future Arlington County formed in Cherrydale by volunteers.  Other volunteer firefighting companies to follow will include Ballston in 1908 and Clarendon in 1909. […]

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    Back-to-School Picture Books to Soothe Anxious Kids...

    Back-to-School Picture Books to Soothe Anxious Kids…

    And Parents! Summer is drawing to a close, and we know some kids need a little encouragement about starting school (or going back):   The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna Mr. Fish recalls how, on his very first day of school, he anxiously went to one classroom after […]