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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 […]

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

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 […]

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.  

Play the Undercover Arlington Contest
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Play the Undercover Arlington Contest

Find the Spies and You Could Win Tickets to the Lit Up Ball The theme for this year’s Ball is Ian Fleming’s “James Bond: From Russia with Love,” so to get you in the mood we’re holding an espionage-in-Arlington puzzle contest! Starting Wednesday, July 16, we will publish a new Undercover Arlington puzzle each Wednesday for […]

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 […]

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 […]