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Remembering Arlington's Freedman's Village
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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 […]

Reading about Hurricane Katrina with Kids and Teens
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Reading about Hurricane Katrina with Kids and Teens

These books and DVDs are a great way to help kids learn about an event that is all over the news, in age-appropriate ways:   Two Bobbies: a True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, illustrated by Jean Cassels Ages 4-8. Bobbi (the dog) and Bob Cat are […]

The Storm That Claimed More Than 1,800 Lives
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The Storm That Claimed More Than 1,800 Lives

Remembering Hurricane Katrina As we mark the storm’s 10th anniversary, learn more about the devastation wrought in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and the people and places affected by the storm and its aftermath. And check out our suggestions for kids and teens who want to learn about Hurricane Katrina.   Breach of Faith by […]

Waiting for "The English Spy"?
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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 […]

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

Storytime on Break Aug. 9 - Sept. 14
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Storytime on Break Aug. 9 – Sept. 14

Fall 2015 Storytimes Start Monday, Sept. 14 In the meantime, check out these end-of-summer picture books to share with your little ones:   Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee A little girl enjoys the activities of a warm summer day and night.     Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sís A little boy […]

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

Helping Kids Cope with Bullying
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Helping Kids Cope with Bullying

Has Your Child Had to Deal with a Bully? Kids aren’t born knowing how to handle bullies – or a friend who turns into a bully.   If you know a child struggling with another kid’s bad behavior, these stories can help him or her feel less alone – and help you both talk about […]

Back-to-School Picture Books to Soothe Anxious Kids...
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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 […]

Cruise Into the New School Year
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Cruise Into the New School Year

It’s Almost Time to Shake Off Summer… These collection spotlights and websites can help ease your back-to-school transition, and offer year-round educational support:   Picture Books to Soothe Anxious Students Because some kids need a little encouragement to go back to school.     Books For New Friendships For little one filled with anxiety about […]