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Under Construction at Glencarlyn
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Under Construction at Glencarlyn

Create! Explore! Be Inspired! Kids put together exciting stuff each week with the Glencarlyn Lego Club, Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m.   Learn more about Kids Events at the Library.  

Drop Everything and Read - at Buzz Bakery
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Drop Everything and Read – at Buzz Bakery

Looking for an excuse to finish the book on your nightstand? Or start your next book club choice? That’s what over 40 people did at Buzz Bakery in Ballston last Tuesday night. Buzz donated a percentage of that evening’s profits to the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, and attendees had the chance to sign up […]

Postcard Display Celebrates America's Libraries
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Postcard Display Celebrates America’s Libraries

Souvenirs from the Early 20th Century On exhibit at Central Library, April 2015. Don’t miss this month’s historic postcard display at Central in honor of National Library Week. It includes images of dozens of beautiful library buildings, many of them Carnegie Libraries, which were built between 1890 and 1920.   The postcards are part of […]

Obsessed with Wolf Hall?
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Obsessed with Wolf Hall?

We Just Can’t Get Enough Corruption in the Halls of Power… Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy is the latest historic novel to jump to the small screen, in the form of a new series on PBS.  “Wolf Hall” fictionalizes the life of Thomas Cromwell, crafty architect of Henry VIII’s annulment from Catherine of Aragon, the execution of Sir […]

How High Can You Build?
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How High Can You Build?

A Very Tall Tower at Aurora Hills Over the weekend these kids exercised their engineering skill, and built the tallest Mega Tiles tower we have ever seen.   We challenge you to beat them next time you visit the Aurora Hills Branch Library!  

What's YOUR Library "Essential"?
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What’s YOUR Library “Essential”?

Happy National Library Week: Here’s What We Want to Know: What is the ONE Arlington Public Library service, program, collection, staffer/volunteer you could not do without? Please use the comment space below to tell us.  Be specific as possible. While “books” are a pillar of what we do, we’ll be looking for more nitty gritty in […]

13 Picture Books for Spring
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13 Picture Books for Spring

Celebrate Spring with a Good Book! Join us April 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a special April showers storytime at the Shirlington Branch Library, followed by a toddler dance party.   And you can share these stories about rain and spring at any time:   Blue on Blue by Dianne White Rhyming text and illustrations […]

Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences
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Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences

National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward stressed the importance of dialogue both locally and nationally during two Arlington Reads 2015 appearances April 8.  Speaking first to students at Marymount University, Ward said “hope” was the key to confronting each new day despite the weight of the latest tragic headlines stemming from the issues of race […]

Central Shines with Energy Savings
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Central Shines with Energy Savings

The results are in and Central Library is doing even better than expected in terms of sustainability efforts. Central was tapped three years ago by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy to be the County’s first showcase project for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The goal was to cut energy use 20 […]

Too Shy to Ask for Book Recommendations?
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Too Shy to Ask for Book Recommendations?

Staff Favorites Highlighted in the Shirlington Stacks! Staff at Shirlington Branch Library have been busy writing reviews of their most loved books, so now you can check out their favorites too! Browse the shelves and find a staff member whose book tastes you share, and you’ll know you’re getting a book you’ll enjoy, without even […]