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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    

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 1
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 1

You could probably solve this code pretty quickly if you had worked for this decryption program: Hint: Despite a common name for this cipher, you don’t have to mind your X’s and O’s to solve it.   Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer

Video: Gary Lloyd on Storytelling
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Video: Gary Lloyd on Storytelling

  Recorded June 23, 2014, at the Shirlington Branch Library, by Allan Yankosky.  

Video: Jennifer Hines on Storytelling
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Video: Jennifer Hines on Storytelling

  Recorded at the Shirlington Branch Library, June 25, 2004, by Allan Yankosky.  

What Volunteers Do: Get "Real World" Experience
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What Volunteers Do: Get “Real World” Experience

Arlington Library and Schools Partner for Senior Experience Washington-Lee High School seniors Kyle Chipman and Emma Troy spent the last three weeks of their high school career supporting a critical Library outreach activity – helping Central Library’s Youth Services librarians prepare for Summer Reading. Washington-Lee’s Senior Experience program encourages graduating teens to spend at least 75 hours […]

Video: Shut Up and Write with Barry Lyga
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Video: Shut Up and Write with Barry Lyga

On June 24, 2014, Barry Lyga, author of “I Hunt Killers,” “The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl,” and much more, talked to Jon Skovron about how he became a full time writer, why he doesn’t usually revise, and taking a sabbatical from writing. He also takes questions from the audience. The next Shut […]

Video: Shut Up and Write Panel on Revising Your Work
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Video: Shut Up and Write Panel on Revising Your Work

Authors Lindsay Smith, Miranda Kenneally, Danielle Ellison and Jon Skovron discuss the process of revising their writing, and take questions from the audience. The next Shut Up and Write will be held in June – stay tuned for more details.   Shut Up and Write is a series of panel discussions on writing Young Adult […]

What Volunteers Do: American Girl Doll Maintenance
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What Volunteers Do: American Girl Doll Maintenance

Keeping Dolls Healthy and Beautiful In March 2013, Library started an innovative program to make the library (and reading) more fun and accessible to young readers. The American Girl Lending Program has made American Girl doll kits available for 1-week checkout; each kit contains an American Girl historical doll, the associated “Meet [the doll]” book, […]

Want to Plant a "Garden Tool Library"?
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Want to Plant a “Garden Tool Library”?

Please take a few moments to tell us your thoughts about a possible donated gardening tool lending library in Arlington. Thanks. And spring will arrive. We promise.      

Meet Volunteer Ann Gray
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Meet Volunteer Ann Gray

A Long Love Story Inspires a Volunteer… Ann Gray started volunteering as a pager at the Westover Branch Library on January 17, 2012, the second anniversary of her husband’s death. Ann’s connection to Westover goes back to her childhood, when the library was housed in the apartments at the corner of Longfellow and Washington Boulevard, and her […]