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A Night to Remember at the Lit Up Ball
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A Night to Remember at the Lit Up Ball

The Second Annual Lit Up Ball was another night to remember, with dancing to excellent music performed by the Hot Society Orchestra, delicious deserts and a spy game worthy of 007 himself. Spy-themed cocktails (shaken not stirred, of course) were enjoyed by all, and the raffle baskets raised over $500 for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.   Nearly […]

Auora Hills Kids Club Does STEM
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Auora Hills Kids Club Does STEM

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, over 50 children and their caregivers came to Aurora Hills Branch Library Kids Club for an afternoon of STEM activities. They made mini lava lamps, musical maracas, spinning tops, and musical pipes; played with the human body skeleton, and snap electrical circuits. We had great fun!   Learn more about Kids […]

Use Market Turbulence to Strategize (not Panic)
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Use Market Turbulence to Strategize (not Panic)

According to investment strategists, recent big shifts in the markets make this a good time to consider changing or rebalancing your proportion of stocks and bonds. These books can help you decide how to best adjust your investments:   The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes and How to Avoid Them by Peter Mallouk Named the […]

Waiting for "Not That Kind of Girl"?
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Waiting for “Not That Kind of Girl”?

One of the hottest new books this month is Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl.” While you’re waiting to read it – or if you just finished and loved it – try these other books by brilliant and funny women making their own way as they navigate work, relationships, glass ceilings and personal identity: […]

The Leaves Are Still Changing...
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The Leaves Are Still Changing…

And we’re still reading!   Karen is reading: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb (the tale of a young detective in London)         Liz is eReading: American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare by Karen Abbott (The biography about one of America’s legends during the Roaring Twenties)       […]

Are Your Hands Well Washed?
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Are Your Hands Well Washed?

Westover Kids Learn An Easy Way to Avoid Getting Sick and Spreading Illness On Wednesday, Oct. 15, GMU Global Health student Nicole Kraatz presented a surprising and fun hand washing workshop at the Westover Branch Library. Over 30 kids looked at their hands under black light, and learned how to wash their hands properly:   Handwashing is […]

Waiting for "The Paying Guests"?
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Waiting for “The Paying Guests”?

Everybody’s excited to read Sarah Waters’ latest novel. While you’re waiting to read it – or if you just finished and loved it – try one of these older books, which also involve issues of social class and European culture in conflict:   Life Mask by Emma Donoghue A fictionalized account of the true 16-year […]

Dangerous and Well Dressed
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Dangerous and Well Dressed

What does the best dressed heroine or villain of the 50s or 60s wear? While the photos below focus primarily on early Bond Girls (and one uber-villain), these links will help you find costuming for more eras, ages and character types: Browse Amalgamated Clothing on Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria, where shoppers will receive a discount […]

And the Answer is 432 Library Cards
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And the Answer is 432 Library Cards

The question: How many Arlington Public Library cards fit into an old Mary Jane candy jar? We received plenty of guesses for our National Library Card Sign-Up Month contest, ranging from 38 to 920 cards. The closest estimation came from Library fan Hina, who was just a bit short with 363 cards. For her efforts, […]

Aurora Hills Kids Club Goes Bananas!
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Aurora Hills Kids Club Goes Bananas!

On September 17, Ms. Susannah from Go Bananas Dancing visited our Kids Club and led an enthusiastic group of 80 children and parents to a dance and movement program. Everyone had a great time learning new dance moves and fun group activities – thank you Ms. Susannah!   Lear more about Elementary Kids Events at […]