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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ride and Read: "Life After Life"
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Ride and Read: “Life After Life”

Spring 2015 Join the Commuter Book Club in reading (or listening to) “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson.  It’s the kind of book that makes metro the stops fly by, but doesn’t take you six weeks to finish. Meetup and Chat: Thursday,  May 14, 7:00 p.m., at Le Pain Quotidien in Clarendon. Think you’ll make it? Register on Meetup. Think you […]

Trailblazers in Storytelling: African American Indie Films
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Trailblazers in Storytelling: African American Indie Films

“Tell It Like It Is” “Many pioneering African-American directors, like Melvin Van Peebles and Julie Dash, were trailblazers who found money for their fiercely idiosyncratic visions. They defied expectations and proved that there was an audience for films about black characters as told by black artists.” – Arts and culture site Flavorwire, in the introduction […]

Drawn from African American History
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Drawn from African American History

An Illustration is Worth a Thousand Words Expand your reading of American history with these visually powerful graphic novel memoirs, biographies and historical fiction. Then celebrate Black History Month at Arlington’s 23rd annual Feel the Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1-6 p.m. at Drew Community Center.    Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by […]

Romeo & Juliet Approve These YA Romances
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Romeo & Juliet Approve These YA Romances

She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not… The best love stories contain an element of conflict: characters distrust each other at first sight, families feud, or the whole community condemns her fashion choices… But with a Young Adult love story, you also know it’s going to end with a good dose of learning, love, and […]

Graphic Novels + Science = Inspiration
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Graphic Novels + Science = Inspiration

Have You Been Inspired by an Awesome Scientist? Pass the inspiration on to your new generation of readers and scientists with these fun graphic adventures, staring a diverse cast of characters:   Summer Camp Science Mysteries by Lynda Beauregard Starting with book #1, “In Search of the Fog Zombie: A Mystery About Matter,” this series […]

Waiting for "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up"?
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Waiting for “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”?

Marie Kondo’s new book about “the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing” is inspiring people to both explore the Japanese aesthetic and use of space, and to focus on how decluttering and surrounding yourself only with things that are meaningful can change other aspects of your life. Whether you can’t wait to read the book, or already […]

Dream It, Think It, Read It, Make It!
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Dream It, Think It, Read It, Make It!

Tools to Explore, Tinker, Build, Imagine, Fail and Try Again Our monthly Maker Mondays are just for Tweens (grade 4-6 age kids), but anyone can use these books and websites to get their creative juices flowing. Websites for Making PBS Kids Design Squad Nation Thingiverse Girls Inventing Technology Instructables   Books for Making How Cool is […]