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Martin Luther King, Jr. for Kids
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Martin Luther King, Jr. for Kids

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why Do We Celebrate Him? Talking to young children about the life and legacy of Dr. King is important, but can also be challenging. These books, films and websites can help. And don’t miss Arlington’s official tribute program on Jan. 17.   Websites Life in Pictures - Photos of Martin […]

We've Got Vacation Reading Suggestions!
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We’ve Got Vacation Reading Suggestions!

Looking for a Light Read for Your Winter Break? Try one or two, or all, of these fun books:   The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez In the years after graduating from Boston University, six Latina friends from widely varied backgrounds meet every six months to dine, share the stories of their everyday […]

Thanks for Another Delicious Edible Book Contest!
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Thanks for Another Delicious Edible Book Contest!

Saturday, Dec. 12 marked the Cherrydale Branch Library’s 3rd annual Edible Book Contest. Celebrity guest judges Lynne McCartin (former White House Assistant Pastry Chef) and Julia Strange (of local cookie company Noshy) did a great job choosing the winners, but all 11 entries were fantastic and fun. Thank you to everyone who created such creative […]

Great Gifts: Chapter Books 2015
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Great Gifts: Chapter Books 2015

Our Youth Services Librarians have great gift suggestions for Elementary readers: Many of these are first in a series.   Anne at Westover Recommends: Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky This collection of six interconnected stories follows the adventures of three curious toys, Lumphy the toughy little buffalo, knowledgeable StingRay, […]

Picture Books Make Great Gifts 2015
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Picture Books Make Great Gifts 2015

Our Youth Services staff have lots of suggestions for fun books to read with the little ones in your life:   Rachel at Central Recommends: Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton Tells the story of a slightly bewildered hippo and the loyal penguin who wants nothing more than to be his pal: “Now, lots of […]

Fiction Gift Books for Adults 2015
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Fiction Gift Books for Adults 2015

Give the Gift of Reading Our staff’s latest suggestions for the fiction readers in your life:   All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation […]

Nonfiction Gift Books for Adults 2015
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Nonfiction Gift Books for Adults 2015

Give the Gift of Reading Our staff’s latest suggestions for the nonfiction readers in your life:   The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobsen An uncensored history of DARPA, America’s top secret military research agency, from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.       Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah […]

Are You Ready for Star Wars?
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Are You Ready for Star Wars?

Get the Inside Scoop You know that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will hit movie theaters on December 17. But did you know that there’s a whole new universe of books and graphic novels related to the movie? These fun new stories are now part of the official Star Wars canon. They fill in narrative […]

10 Award Winning Magazines for Kids
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10 Award Winning Magazines for Kids

Want to Give a Great Literacy Gift that Arrives Monthly? Youth Services librarian Pat shares her recommendations – all of which are award-winners:   Babybug Magazine Ages: 0 – 3 yrs. Joyful, brightly-illustrated stories and poems are perfect for parents and grandparents to read aloud. A “Guide for Caregivers” on the last page offers read-aloud […]

Give the Gift of Lit Up Ball Tix
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Give the Gift of Lit Up Ball Tix

Looking for a Unique Holiday Gift? Buy your favorite book lover a ticket (or two) to the best literary themed party in town! The 2016 Lit Up Ball will be Saturday, March 12, at the Clarendon Ballroom. Tickets are $35 each, from the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.   This years theme is Lewis Carroll’s […]