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Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
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Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

Celebrating Dr. Suess’s 111th Birthday Over 90 people, young and not so young, turned out to celebrate one of our favorite author’s birthdays on Saturday at the Shirlington Branch Library! We made Cat in the Hat faces, Lorax mustaches, and fish bowls, and we had fun reading hits like “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, […]

Learn and Play at Shirlington!
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Learn and Play at Shirlington!

New Learn and Play tubs help young children develop new skills. Visitors to the Shirlington Branch Library can now use one of our six fun tubs of toys. Pop-up books, finger puppets, and puzzles are just a few of the great activities available for caregivers to use with their children. Play helps children develop critical […]

Meet the Authors: NoVA Teen Book Fest 2015
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Meet the Authors: NoVA Teen Book Fest 2015

March 7, 2015   Check out some of this year’s NoVA Teen Book Fest featured authors – and remember, great YA Lit isn’t just for teens! Get the full 2015 author lineup.   Matt de la Peña Author of “The Living” - After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where […]

Live Long and Prosper, Mr. Nimoy
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Live Long and Prosper, Mr. Nimoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy, 1931 – 2015 Nimoy was best known for playing the pointy-eared Vulcan on the show that created a fictional universe.  But his career spanned decades, and ranged from acting and directing, to photography and poetry:   I am Spock by Leonard Nimoy Few actors are as inextricably associated with one role as […]

Don't Miss the Cuentos Dance Party
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Don’t Miss the Cuentos Dance Party

¡A Bailar! At the Columbia Pike Branch Library, we wrap up each Cuentos Para Niños program by dancing and playing maracas. One of our favorite tunes to dance to is Baila! Baila! Baila, from the music CD “¡A Bailar! Let’s dance! Spanish Learning Songs.” The books we read include: Nina Buena, Nina Mala by Juliet Mickelburgh […]

Win Jesmyn Ward's Powerful Memoir; Hear Her April 8 for Arlington Reads
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Win Jesmyn Ward’s Powerful Memoir; Hear Her April 8 for Arlington Reads

National Book Award Winner Will Visit Central  for Arlington Reads Jesmyn Ward will discuss her memoir “Men We Reaped” on Wednesday, April 8 for Arlington Reads 2015, “#Blacklivesmatter: Two Remarkable Writers on Being Black in America.”  Ward’s acclaimed 2013 memoir focuses on five young black men lost to drugs, accidents, murder and suicide in her small […]

New Flame: "The Ocean at the End of the Lane"
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New Flame: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

“Every once in a while a book restores my belief that magic could be right around the corner.” New / Old Flames are our favorite books - the ones we really think you should read too.   The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Reviewed by Megan There’s a lot that’s great about […]

In the News: The Washington Post Visits the Library's Lit Up Team
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In the News: The Washington Post Visits the Library’s Lit Up Team

Writer Bettina Lanyi hangs out with the Library’s ambassadors to the 20- and 30-somethings of Arlington. From Feb. 25, 2015 Washington Post.

We're in the Mood for Spring Training
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We’re in the Mood for Spring Training

Are You Cactus or Grapefruit League? It may not yet feel like spring, but Major League Baseball’s spring training doesn’t wait for warm weather – even in Florida and Arizona. So celebrate one of baseballs’ great traditions by flexing your baseball-fan muscles with these books and films:   Pow! A Peanuts Collection Charles M. Schulz […]

Arlington Reads 2015: Jesmyn Ward and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Arlington Reads 2015: Jesmyn Ward and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Two Remarkable Young Writers on Being Black in America This year, Arlington Public Library’s annual one-theme, one-community read focuses on race in America, as seen through the works of Jesmyn Ward and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – one born in the United States and the other who still calls Africa home. On Wednesday, April 8, Ward, […]