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A Smashing Good Time at the Eight-Thirteen Ball

You should have been there, old sport!

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Friends of the Arlington Public Library hosted over 400 people at the Arlington Artisphere, for the Library’s first Eight-Thirteen Ball.

Eight-Thirteen Ball

The Hot Society Orchestra – photo by Chris Rudy


Master of Ceremonies Garrett Peck

MC Garrett Peck

Guests dressed-to-impress in Great Gatsby inspired atire, and danced the night away with the Hot Society Orchestra and Fidgety Feet dance troupe.

The Ball and accompanying silent auction raised money for the Friends in support of the Library’s early literacy program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who attended, volunteered, and otherwise helped to make this such an excellent night!



Photographer Chris Rudy was on hand to take lots of excellent photos:

Check out more of Chris’ photos from the ball on flickr. He can also be contacted at


And Arlington TV took video for the “Around Arlington” news program (starts at 1 minute):

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The Friends of the Arlington Public Library support all Library programs, from Storytimes and Summer Reading, to our annual Arlington Reads Author Series and the American Girl Doll Lending Program, and beyond. The Friends also offer scholarships to Library staff members attending library school.

You can help –  become a Friend today.



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  1. FBD says:

    Great event! The band and singer were excellent, every looked great in their costumes and we even got to see the Warhol exhibit. Pictures were taken of us as we entered (against the wall near the coat rack) and I wondered where I could find them.

    Thank you for a great evening.

    • The Dancing Librarian says:

      We’re so glad that you enjoyed the Ball!

      Those photos were taken by volunteers, so we’ll share them as soon as we get them (which should be later this week).

  2. The Librarians says:

    All of the photos are now up on flickr:

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