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Waiting for "Not That Kind of Girl"?
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Waiting for “Not That Kind of Girl”?

One of the hottest new books this month is Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl.” While you’re waiting to read it – or if you just finished and loved it – try these other books by brilliant and funny women making their own way as they navigate work, relationships, glass ceilings and personal identity: […]

The Leaves Are Still Changing...
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The Leaves Are Still Changing…

And we’re still reading!   Karen is reading: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb (the tale of a young detective in London)         Liz is eReading: American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare by Karen Abbott (The biography about one of America’s legends during the Roaring Twenties)       […]

Are Your Hands Well Washed?
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Are Your Hands Well Washed?

Westover Kids Learn An Easy Way to Avoid Getting Sick and Spreading Illness On Wednesday, Oct. 15, GMU Global Health student Nicole Kraatz presented a surprising and fun hand washing workshop at the Westover Branch Library. Over 30 kids looked at their hands under black light, and learned how to wash their hands properly:   Handwashing is […]

Waiting for "The Paying Guests"?
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Waiting for “The Paying Guests”?

Everybody’s excited to read Sarah Waters’ latest novel. While you’re waiting to read it – or if you just finished and loved it – try one of these older books, which also involve issues of social class and European culture in conflict:   Life Mask by Emma Donoghue A fictionalized account of the true 16-year […]

Dangerous and Well Dressed
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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 […]

And the Answer is 432 Library Cards
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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, […]

Aurora Hills Kids Club Goes Bananas!
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Aurora Hills Kids Club Goes Bananas!

On September 17, Ms. Susannah from Go Bananas Dancing visited our Kids Club and led an enthusiastic group of 80 children and parents to a dance and movement program. Everyone had a great time learning new dance moves and fun group activities – thank you Ms. Susannah!   Lear more about Elementary Kids Events at […]

Summer Reading '14 Wrap-Up: Another Glorious Book Vacation
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Summer Reading ’14 Wrap-Up: Another Glorious Book Vacation

With the boys of summer done for the year in Washington (baseball’s a tricky game), it’s a good time to take one last look back at how the boys and girls of Arlington did with Summer Reading 2014. Reading throughout the summer helps kids to explore new books and stories, and helps to maintain their […]

Waiting for "The Secret Place"?
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Waiting for “The Secret Place”?

If you’re waiting to get your hands on Tana French’s latest novel, give one of these other literary, psychological thrillers a try:   Case Histories by Kate Atkinson Jackson Brodie, a private investigator and former police detective, is quietly contemplating life as a divorced father when he is flung into the midst of three resurrected […]

Code Name Bond: Writers Who Used to be Spies
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Code Name Bond: Writers Who Used to be Spies

Good Spies Always Have a Good Cover Story. Lucky for us, the cover story for a lot of spies has been “writer,” leading to some excellent literature.   In anticipation of the Second Annual Lit Up Ball, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite true life spy stories featuring famous authors:   […]