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New Butterfly-Friendly Planting at Glencarlyn
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New Butterfly-Friendly Planting at Glencarlyn

The Monarchs Are on Their Way, but They Need Our Help Milkweed and other nectar-providing plants are being added to the Cemetery Garden at the Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden. According to the VCE Master Gardeners who take care of the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, new agricultural practices and habitat destruction have resulted in the […]

Photos from Seventh Annual Tour des Bibliothèques
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Photos from Seventh Annual Tour des Bibliothèques

An Excellent Day for a Beautiful Ride   On Saturday, April 19, Arlington Public Library’s 7th annual Tour de Bibliotheques toured Arlington in perfect biking weather — cool and sunny.  Eighteen riders gathered at Central Library mid-morning: The group stayed together some of the ride, and at other times split into a fast group and […]

Kids Books for Earth Day
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Kids Books for Earth Day

Looking for Earth-Friendly Activities for Kids? Take a hike, plant something in your garden, or visit Long Branch or Gulf Branch Nature Center! Then leaf through our very green collection, and uncover a few more seedlings: Picture Books These seas count! by Alison Formento In this counting book, a class learns about the importance of having clean, healthy oceans and […]

Read and Watch Green in 2014
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Read and Watch Green in 2014

Plant Some Seeds, then Watch Them Grow We try to make every day Earth Day (and we love an opportunity to make fertilizer-quality puns)…   The Library’s gardens are coming up, and you reap the rewards: Master Gardener Advice - Thursdays from April – Nov.   6:45 – 8:45 p.m., Central Library Make Your Yard Their Home: Migration […]

May 17: The Trucks Are Coming!
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May 17: The Trucks Are Coming!

Mark Your Calendar and Save the Date On Saturday, May 17, you and your little ones are invited to get up-close and personal with a menagerie of trucks and buses.  From 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Central Library parking lot Plus transportation-themed craft activities in the Library auditorium   Stay tuned for more updates…   […]

Q: How Can You Use the Washington Business Journal Book of Lists?
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Q: How Can You Use the Washington Business Journal Book of Lists?

A: To Answer Your Business Research, Job Search or Sales Lead Questions The Washington Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists uses reliable sources  in real estate, banking and finance, tech and media, and much more to survey, compile and rank metro-DC area companies.  Metrics used to create the top rankings include revenue, profits, salaries, number […]

Introduce Kids to Shakespeare with Five Great Books (and One CD)
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Introduce Kids to Shakespeare with Five Great Books (and One CD)

Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare! Playwright William Shakespeare is believed to have been born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon.   Stories From Shakespeare by Geraldine McCaughrean A clear retellings of ten of Shakespeare’s most famous plays with accompanying illustrations.       The Best of Shakespeare by E. Nesbit, introduction by Iona Opie Simplified […]

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
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Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Start Quoting Him Now… Or at least take his 450th birthday as a chance to learn more about his life, his work, and some of the many people he inspired – in good, bad and bloody ways: And check out our Childrens Librarians’ post on Five Great Books for Introducing Kids to Shakespeare, too.   […]

Looking for Family Films?
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Looking for Family Films?

Spend Saturdays at Shirlington! Once a month, the Shirlington Branch Library shows a film just for kids. Our next screening will be Finding Nemo, on Saturday, May 10, at 3:00 p.m. Admittance is limited to children and their caregivers. Recent titles include Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, and Frozen. For information on future dates and films, contact Valaria at 703-228-6545. […]

New Flames: The End of Night
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New Flames: The End of Night

“For anyone who looks up at the night sky and aches for more.” New / Old Flames are our favorite books  - the ones we really think you should read too.   The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light  by Paul Bogard Reviewed by Katie “The End of Night“ is […]