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Waiting for "The Paying Guests"?
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Waiting for “The Paying Guests”?

Everybody’s excited to read Sarah Waters’ latest novel. While you’re waiting to read it – or if you just finished and loved it – try one of these older books, which also involve issues of social class and European culture in conflict:   Life Mask by Emma Donoghue A fictionalized account of the true 16-year […]

Dangerous and Well Dressed
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Dangerous and Well Dressed

What does the best dressed heroine or villain of the 50s or 60s wear? While the photos below focus primarily on early Bond Girls (and one uber-villain), these links will help you find costuming for more eras, ages and character types: Browse Amalgamated Clothing on Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria, where shoppers will receive a discount […]

And the Answer is 432 Library Cards
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And the Answer is 432 Library Cards

The question: How many Arlington Public Library cards fit into an old Mary Jane candy jar? We received plenty of guesses for our National Library Card Sign-Up Month contest, ranging from 38 to 920 cards. The closest estimation came from Library fan Hina, who was just a bit short with 363 cards. For her efforts, […]

Aurora Hills Kids Club Goes Bananas!
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Aurora Hills Kids Club Goes Bananas!

On September 17, Ms. Susannah from Go Bananas Dancing visited our Kids Club and led an enthusiastic group of 80 children and parents to a dance and movement program. Everyone had a great time learning new dance moves and fun group activities – thank you Ms. Susannah!   Lear more about Elementary Kids Events at […]

Summer Reading '14 Wrap-Up: Another Glorious Book Vacation
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Summer Reading ’14 Wrap-Up: Another Glorious Book Vacation

With the boys of summer done for the year in Washington (baseball’s a tricky game), it’s a good time to take one last look back at how the boys and girls of Arlington did with Summer Reading 2014. Reading throughout the summer helps kids to explore new books and stories, and helps to maintain their […]

Waiting for "The Secret Place"?
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Waiting for “The Secret Place”?

If you’re waiting to get your hands on Tana French’s latest novel, give one of these other literary, psychological thrillers a try:   Case Histories by Kate Atkinson Jackson Brodie, a private investigator and former police detective, is quietly contemplating life as a divorced father when he is flung into the midst of three resurrected […]

Treasures from the Vault
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Treasures from the Vault

Arlington History Through Objects and Ephemera On exhibit at Central Library, October 2014 In observance of National Archives Month, the Center for Local History has created “Treasures from the Vault,” an exhibit of artifacts showcasing Arlington’s history and culture through the years. Learn more about important Arlington residents, politics, businesses, neighborhoods, the arts, and much […]

Code Name Bond: Writers Who Used to be Spies
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Code Name Bond: Writers Who Used to be Spies

Good Spies Always Have a Good Cover Story. Lucky for us, the cover story for a lot of spies has been “writer,” leading to some excellent literature.   In anticipation of the Second Annual Lit Up Ball, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite true life spy stories featuring famous authors:   […]

The Leaves Are Changing...
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The Leaves Are Changing…

While we read at Cherrydale Branch Library!   Karen is reading: Dash by Kirby Larson (which is story of young girl’s bond with her dog and how they are separated when she must go to an internment camp)           Kathy is reading: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (which is a […]

Undercover Arlington Bonus
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Undercover Arlington Bonus

This Character May Help You Beat All the Other Spies at the Ball You’ll find the answer to Clue 11 in the answers to Clues 1-10. Don’t remember them? We’ll recap: Clue 1: venonA project Clue 2: ramon gaRcia Clue 3: the illEgals program Clue 4: aUton and Dunlop Clue 5: agent 123 and aGent 202 […]