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Much More than Leprechauns and Beer
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Much More than Leprechauns and Beer

What Makes Ireland So Fascinating? Saint Patrick’s Day is a great time to explore the Emerald Isle, from the history and mythology, to the literature and food – plus some fun fiction too:   A Celebration of Ireland by Janice Anderson, photography by David Lyons Ready for a vacation? This guide to Ireland outlines all […]

Do You Know Billie the Elephant?
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Do You Know Billie the Elephant?

Her story inspired a library display!     “The Last Chain on Billie” tells the story of Billie, an elephant who was captured in Asia,  spent most of her life abused in the circus, and ultimately found safe haven in the  Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.       A patron was so inspired by Billie’s story, […]

Looking for Online Dating Advice?
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Looking for Online Dating Advice?

These Authors have Researched and Tried it All So don’t start surfing without their wisdom and insight:   DATA, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match by Amy Webb After the end of a relationship, Webb develops a 1,500-point ranking system for her ideal partner, but she can’t seem to […]

Pick Up the Book Before Heading to the Movies
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Pick Up the Book Before Heading to the Movies

Good Books on the Big Screen in 2015 Whether you want to be sure to read the book before seeing the film, or just like to be in the know: Movie release dates are constantly changing – we got our dates from Buzzfeed and IMDb. Your library is open 24/7.   Still Alice by Lisa […]

Waiting for " The Girl on the Train"?
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Waiting for ” The Girl on the Train”?

Paula Hawkins’ thriller – about an unhappy voyeur who become involved in the lives of the people she watches everyday – has been one of the hottest novels this winter. Whether you’re eagerly waiting to read “The Girl on the Train,” or already read and loved it, we think you’ll also enjoy these twisty psychological thrillers:   […]

Old Flame: "American Gods"
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Old Flame: “American Gods”

This Fairytale is Not for Kids New / Old Flames are our favorite books  - the ones we really think you’ll love too.   American Gods by Neil Gaiman Reviewed by Karen As a youth services librarian, I have long been a fan of Neil Gaiman’s children’s books, but never read his novels for adults.  As many […]

YA Author Interview: Robin Talley
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YA Author Interview: Robin Talley

History, Research, Romance and “Lies We Tell Ourselves” Local author Robin Talley will be at the NoVA Teen Book Festival Saturday, March 7. You can get to know her in advance through an interview she did earlier this year on tumblr, with YA librarian Nico.   We are really excited to talk with Robin Talley, […]

Get Book Smart: Great Graphic Novels for Your Kid
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Get Book Smart: Great Graphic Novels for Your Kid

…and why it’s fine if your kid wants to read them all the time. The Get Book Smart conversation series is a chance for parents and caregivers to connect with the Library’s experts and get help choosing books for children. This month we discuss Graphic Novels and Comic Books. We answer parents’ concerns, clear up misconceptions, […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
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Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

Celebrating Dr. Suess’s 111th Birthday Over 90 people, young and not so young, turned out to celebrate one of our favorite author’s birthdays on Saturday at the Shirlington Branch Library! We made Cat in the Hat faces, Lorax mustaches, and fish bowls, and we had fun reading hits like “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, […]

Learn and Play at Shirlington!
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Learn and Play at Shirlington!

New Learn and Play tubs help young children develop new skills. Visitors to the Shirlington Branch Library can now use one of our six fun tubs of toys. Pop-up books, finger puppets, and puzzles are just a few of the great activities available for caregivers to use with their children. Play helps children develop critical […]