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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 […]

Discover the Art - and Value - of Play
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Discover the Art – and Value – of Play

Everybody Needs to Have Fun! Games and play are not just for kids or professional athletes. Play is an essential part of relaxation, creative thinking, discovering identity, and developing community for people of all ages.  Learn more about the art of playing, the history of games and the people who play them, and how to […]

Summer: The Perfect Time to Start Your College Essays (Seriously)
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Summer: The Perfect Time to Start Your College Essays (Seriously)

Too Hot Outside? Cool Down with Some Big Thinking! Outstanding essays give college applicants a real advantage in the admission process, and educator Ray Anderson says that summer is the perfect time to start crafting them. This month we have several writing programs to help – and of course we have great books all year round:   The […]

What Are We Reading As The Fireworks Light Up The Sky?
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What Are We Reading As The Fireworks Light Up The Sky?

Ever wonder what your favorite staff members are reading? Here’s what we’re curling up with…   Karen is reading… Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple             Kathy is reading… But Enough About You by Christopher Buckley             Liz is reading… The Reason I Jump […]

Video: Brigid Schulte on Her Best-Seller About Personal Time, "Overwhelmed"
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Video: Brigid Schulte on Her Best-Seller About Personal Time, “Overwhelmed”

Washington Post writer, author, busy Northern Virginia mom and wife Brigid Schulte shared stories from the research–both scientific and personal–that went into creating her best-selling exploration of the American lack of leisure time. Schulte was guest speaker at the 2014 Friends of the Arlington Public Library Annual Meeting on June 5 at Central Library. In […]

Celebrate "The Beautiful Game"
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Celebrate “The Beautiful Game”

Get Caught up in the 2014 World Cup Did you know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world? We’re super-excited about the World Cup in Brazil, so between games we’re reading all about one of our favorite sports. And don’t miss our collection just for kids with soccer fever.   How Soccer Explains the […]

New Flame: The Partner Track
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New Flame: The Partner Track

“Modern and inspiring read that will leave you thinking about gender, race and class…” New / Old Flames are our favorite books  - the ones we really think you should read too.   The Partner Track by Helen Wan Reviewed by Alexandra Northern Virginia native Helen Wan’s debut novel deserves all the acclaim it has received. This […]

Make the Most of Mulberry Season!
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Make the Most of Mulberry Season!

Arlington Mulberry Trees are Bursting with Delicious, Sweet Fruit… There are more than 1,200 different species of mulberry trees, but mulberries are only grown commercially in Europe and Turkey. Here in the U.S., the mulberries can only be bought at the occasional farmers market, so the best way to find them is to pick them yourself! […]