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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 […]

What Are We Reading As The Fireworks Light Up The Sky?
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What Are We Reading As The Fireworks Light Up The Sky?

Ever wonder what your favorite staff members are reading? Here’s what we’re curling up with…   Karen is reading… Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple             Kathy is reading… But Enough About You by Christopher Buckley             Liz is reading… The Reason I Jump […]

Catalog/Accounts Access is Back; Holds and Return Dates Extended
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Catalog/Accounts Access is Back; Holds and Return Dates Extended

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the recent catalog/accounts system outage. Materials originally due back Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25 are now due Thursday, June 26. If you returned materials during the outage, thank you for your diligence.  Holds will remain on the shelves two extra days. No fines accrued during […]

Video: Brigid Schulte on Her Best-Seller About Personal Time, "Overwhelmed"
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Video: Brigid Schulte on Her Best-Seller About Personal Time, “Overwhelmed”

Washington Post writer, author, busy Northern Virginia mom and wife Brigid Schulte shared stories from the research–both scientific and personal–that went into creating her best-selling exploration of the American lack of leisure time. Schulte was guest speaker at the 2014 Friends of the Arlington Public Library Annual Meeting on June 5 at Central Library. In […]

Celebrate "The Beautiful Game"
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Celebrate “The Beautiful Game”

Get Caught up in the 2014 World Cup Did you know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world? We’re super-excited about the World Cup in Brazil, so between games we’re reading all about one of our favorite sports. And don’t miss our collection just for kids with soccer fever.   How Soccer Explains the […]

Trail Tales: Opening Day at Long Branch
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Trail Tales: Opening Day at Long Branch

A New Way To Read and Learn! On Saturday, June 14, kids and families came out to Long Branch Nature Center to walk the trail and learn all about woodlice (also known as pill bugs and roly polies).   Kids could also get their faces painted, listen to special stories, and study woodlice through a microscope:   […]

New Flame: The Partner Track
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New Flame: The Partner Track

“Modern and inspiring read that will leave you thinking about gender, race and class…” New / Old Flames are our favorite books  - the ones we really think you should read too.   The Partner Track by Helen Wan Reviewed by Alexandra Northern Virginia native Helen Wan’s debut novel deserves all the acclaim it has received. This […]