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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 7
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 7

This home to many clandestine activities has become a symbol of the U.S. military. Hint: This cipher was once (or maybe still is) used by the Freemasons. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer      

Let the Games Begin: Library Fantasy Football Already Scores
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Let the Games Begin: Library Fantasy Football Already Scores

Our first annual Arlington Public Library Fantasy Football League is a hit and we’re still only in pre-season mode! Eighteen players were on hand for our Fantasy Football 101 presentation earlier this month and that meant one league was immediately full. So we created a second league to keep up with demand: the Dewey Decimators 2.0. […]

Five New Picture Books to Soothe School Anxiety
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Five New Picture Books to Soothe School Anxiety

Is your little one anxious about starting school? These books can help kids feel more comfortable taking on new challenges and meeting new people:   Rufus Goes to School By Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev Rufus loves looking through his favorite book. The only problem is that he doesn’t know how to read […]

Can't Get Enough Outlander? Collection Spotlight
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Can’t Get Enough Outlander? Collection Spotlight

Tales of Time Travel, Time-Defying romance, and Scotland If you can’t stand waiting for the next episode of Outlander or the next novel by Diana  Gabaldon, try these books and films:   The Scottish Nation: a History, 1700-2000 by T.M. Devine Charts Scots’ ambivalent relationship to Britain, from 1700 through the Victorian era, when Scottish […]

An Excellent Sleepover
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An Excellent Sleepover

Tigers and Monkeys and Bears, Oh My! Our August 20 Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Cherrydale Branch Library was a huge success! Children came for a pajama storytime and made nametags for their animals:   Then the kids said good night, and the real fun started for the stuffed animals!  Hide and seek in the stacks, […]

Race, Police and Conflict in the U.S.
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Race, Police and Conflict in the U.S.

From “Do the Right Thing” to “Fruitvale Station” In light of the current tumult and tragedy in Ferguson, MO (and many other places around the world), these books and films may help you further explore the issues involved:   Fruitvale Station DVD [2014] The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who resolves […]

Get In a Lit Up Ball Mood
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Get In a Lit Up Ball Mood

With Every Actor to Play Bond on the Big Screen Films will be shown at the Shirlington Branch Library on Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. Vote for your favorite Bond after every film, and enter to win tickets to the 2014 Lit Up Ball. Ticket winners will be announced October 15.   Screenings in Chronological Order by […]

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 6
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 6

This location was utilized at different times by opposing sides during the Civil War because it was ideally suited for one purpose: to keep an eye on Washington. Hint: These kinds of puzzles derived from the stories told by carefully selected images in medieval heraldry. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). […]

Five Books Kids Will Sink Their Teeth Into
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Five Books Kids Will Sink Their Teeth Into

Plus Two Shark DVDs Does your elementary schooler love sharks? Check out these age appropriate books and DVDs, to help you celebrates shark week anytime:   For Grades K – 3 Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever – or Snack Time? writen by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Michael Slack Everyone knows that minnows and sharks can’t be […]

Getting Tips on Getting Into College
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Getting Tips on Getting Into College

On July 22, over 40 area high school students and their parents attended a seminar at the Westover Branch Library on how to write a compelling and original college entrance essay. The seminar was conducted by former HB principal, Ray Anderson.   Write Out Loud by Carol Barash, PhD 12 Tools for Telling Your Story […]