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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 3
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 3

Ten spies were caught and arrested for participating in a spy ring. Their group was given this name by the FBI. 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). Find out if you were correct!   […]

STEM Kits Are A Huge Hit
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STEM Kits Are A Huge Hit

Summer Fun with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! This year for Summer Reading, the Library has created seven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) kits geared toward elementary students and their families.   Helen, a rising third grader, recently tried out the Engineering STEM Kit at the Cherrydale Branch Library. Check out the neat bridge she built: […]

Celebrating 24 Years of the ADA
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Celebrating 24 Years of the ADA

Arlington Public Library marks the 24th anniversary of a sweeping set of civil rights protections becoming law Signed by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications assistance services. Recently we got to […]

Teen Summer Reading: Bookmark Bonanza!
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Teen Summer Reading: Bookmark Bonanza!

Monster, Paper Clip and Elastic Charm Bookmarks Thursday, July 17 at Central Library:   More photos of Summer Reading fun for teens are on flickr.   Learn more about Summer Reading.      

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 2
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 2

This pseudonym was used by the single most damaging spy in U.S. history. Hint: These kinds of puzzles derived from the stories told by carefully selected images in medieval heraldry. Instructions Decode the cipher. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer    

Apollo to the Moon at Aurora Hills
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Apollo to the Moon at Aurora Hills

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11′s moon landing, the Aurora Hills Branch Library is showing an exhibit of Apollo-related documents.     The notes, charts, books and newspapers are from the personal collection of engineer and longtime Arlington resident Al Burt, who worked on the Apollo 7 through 13 lunar missions. Mr. Burt worked […]

New Flame: The Intern's Handbook
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New Flame: The Intern’s Handbook

“Raunchy, gory, irreverent and highly enjoyable…” New / Old Flames are our favorite books  - the ones we really think you should read too.   The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn Reviewed by Rachel John Lago has been a hit man for 13 years, and at the ripe old age of 25 he’s getting ready for retirement. […]

Mysteries in the Spirit of Agatha Christie
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Mysteries in the Spirit of Agatha Christie

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled” If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:   The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family? Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect […]

5 Picture Books about Turtles
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5 Picture Books about Turtles

They Carry Their Houses Wherever they Go… Summer is a great time for you and your little one to read all about turtles – and maybe you’ll meet a real one too!   Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo A wonderful story about a boy who finds a turtle and tries to make him […]

Three Ways to Grow Tomatoes in Vertical Spaces
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Three Ways to Grow Tomatoes in Vertical Spaces

Trellis, Pole, or Cage This year the Arlington Food Assistance Center gardeners used the Central Library vegetable garden to demonstrate some of the ways you can grow tomatoes, especially if you don’t have a lot of space. Tomatoes can be grown on a trellis by tying the two major stems (called leaders) up to a […]