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Obsessed with Wolf Hall?
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Obsessed with Wolf Hall?

We Just Can’t Get Enough Corruption in the Halls of Power… Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy is the latest historic novel to jump to the small screen, in the form of a new series on PBS.  “Wolf Hall” fictionalizes the life of Thomas Cromwell, crafty architect of Henry VIII’s annulment from Catherine of Aragon, the execution of Sir […]

How High Can You Build?
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How High Can You Build?

A Very Tall Tower at Aurora Hills Over the weekend these kids exercised their engineering skill, and built the tallest Mega Tiles tower we have ever seen.   We challenge you to beat them next time you visit the Aurora Hills Branch Library!  

What's YOUR Library "Essential"?
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What’s YOUR Library “Essential”?

Happy National Library Week: Here’s What We Want to Know: What is the ONE Arlington Public Library service, program, collection, staffer/volunteer you could not do without? Please use the comment space below to tell us.  Be specific as possible. While “books” are a pillar of what we do, we’ll be looking for more nitty gritty in […]

13 Picture Books for Spring
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13 Picture Books for Spring

Celebrate Spring with a Good Book! Join us April 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a special April showers storytime at the Shirlington Branch Library, followed by a toddler dance party.   And you can share these stories about rain and spring at any time:   Blue on Blue by Dianne White Rhyming text and illustrations […]

Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences
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Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences

National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward stressed the importance of dialogue both locally and nationally during two Arlington Reads 2015 appearances April 8.  Speaking first to students at Marymount University, Ward said “hope” was the key to confronting each new day despite the weight of the latest tragic headlines stemming from the issues of race […]

Central Shines with Energy Savings
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Central Shines with Energy Savings

The results are in and Central Library is doing even better than expected in terms of sustainability efforts. Central was tapped three years ago by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy to be the County’s first showcase project for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The goal was to cut energy use 20 […]

Too Shy to Ask for Book Recommendations?
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Too Shy to Ask for Book Recommendations?

Staff Favorites Highlighted in the Shirlington Stacks! Staff at Shirlington Branch Library have been busy writing reviews of their most loved books, so now you can check out their favorites too! Browse the shelves and find a staff member whose book tastes you share, and you’ll know you’re getting a book you’ll enjoy, without even […]

What a Party!
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What a Party!

Almost 60 kids, their dolls and families celebrated Women’s History Month at Central Library on Wednesday, March 25. Our American Girl Tea Party included crafts, games and refreshments:   Learn more about the American Girl Lending Program.  

Top 10 Professions for Romance Heroines
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Top 10 Professions for Romance Heroines

We’re Always Looking for Inspiration In February, we made a fun list of the Top 10 Professions for Romance Novel Heroes. But in trying to do the same for the heroines, we found the most common job options were way less cool… What is up with that?   Luckily, there are at least a few inspirations […]

Troop 2584 Lends Many Hands
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Troop 2584 Lends Many Hands

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 2584 for helping fill folders last week, for the Library’s early literacy program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Girls from Troop 2584 have volunteered regularly to help with folders since 2013, when 1000 Books Before Kindergarten began. Almost 2000 children are currently registered for the program, and we’re so grateful for […]