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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 […]

What Volunteers Do: Film Presenters at Shirlington
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What Volunteers Do: Film Presenters at Shirlington

Interact with and Entertain Library Patrons Film Presenters screen movies at the different branches in the Arlington Library system. Mary Prisbrey, Shirlington librarian, described how this function is performed at her branch. Film Presenter at the Shirlington Branch Library Function: Selects and show movies Current number of volunteers: 2 Hours: Early evening, 2-3 hours Special […]

Teen Volunteer Prisila Otazo
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Teen Volunteer Prisila Otazo

Gaining Experience and Insight Prisila has been a Youth Services volunteer at Central Library since last spring, and is now helping staff with a special project in Materials Management. She also volunteers at local events and will soon add the hospital to her list of experiences. She says she volunteers because she likes gaining experience, which will […]

What Volunteers Do: Central Library Welcome Desk
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What Volunteers Do: Central Library Welcome Desk

Here to Help Central Library is the largest, the busiest, and with a plethora of special services, the most complex location in the Arlington Library system. Newcomers entering the building often need assistance to get them oriented and to enjoy the Library’s services. Volunteer Position: Welcome Desk at Central Library   Function: Greet patrons and […]

Video: Off Book with the Author of "Beaches"
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Video: Off Book with the Author of “Beaches”

Author and Playwright Iris Rainer Dart Interviewed by Signature Theatre Education Director David Zobell, at the Shirlington Branch Library on Feb. 3, 2014. The world premiere of “Beaches” is on stage at Signature from February 19 – March 30, 2014.   Learn more about Theater Events at the Library.  

Presidents Day, or George Washington Day?
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Presidents Day, or George Washington Day?

The federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday on February is “Washington’s Birthday.” But if you live in the Metro DC area, keeping track of this holiday’s name can be confusing: In Virginia, the official state holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February is named George Washington Day. In Maryland, they now celebrate the state holiday […]

Meet Beth Lewis, Book Repair Volunteer
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Meet Beth Lewis, Book Repair Volunteer

More than One Way to Love Books We all know that Library books are tough, but sometimes they just can’t take any more handling, or another slide down the book drop, and they start falling apart. What happens then? If the Adult Collection Development Librarian decides the damaged book should be put back into circulation, […]

YA Author Interview: Jon Skovron Talks to us about World-Building, Monsters and Hearing from Teens
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YA Author Interview: Jon Skovron Talks to us about World-Building, Monsters and Hearing from Teens

We are very honored to have Jon Skovron back on our blog for an interview today! Not only do we love his books, but we are totally impressed with how comitted he is to getting out and meeting his readers- he’s chatted with our high school TAB group and now he’s the moderator for “Shut […]