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Your Annual "Too Cool for Yule Blog" Mix
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Your Annual “Too Cool for Yule Blog” Mix

 This “Frozen” time of the year we bring you good cheer… And queued a set of tunes you’re just longing to hear. There are songs to make you happy and songs to make you dance. Each lovingly selected by mood or happenstance. An unusual mix of carols and hits We searched across genres to find out […]

Director's Blog: Vital Signs
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Director’s Blog: Vital Signs

“We are Pride” In celebration of Pride Month, Director’s Blog is featuring “Vital Signs,” a collection of my photographs chronicling the LGBT Movement over the last several years. From a plaque commemorating the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, to the National Equality March on Oct. 11, 2009 to […]

Director's Blog: Class of 2014
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Director’s Blog: Class of 2014

Class of 2014 A couple of events–one past and one pending–have me engaged in a fair amount of self-reflection. First: the past event. Over the weekend, I attended the college graduation of my youngest son Nathaniel, a weekend filled with pageantry and tears (mine), memorialized by iPhone pics and Facebook posts.  And in a few […]

Eight Arms, 25 Tunes + More to Hold You
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Eight Arms, 25 Tunes + More to Hold You

It was 50 years ago today the Beatles played their first-ever concert on this side of the Atlantic. The location, in the fresh aftermath of an East Coast snowstorm: The Coliseum on Third Street N.E., Washington, D.C., a quick Metro ride from Arlington if Metro had existed back then. Here now is your custom 50th […]

A Birthday Tale to Tell
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A Birthday Tale to Tell

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Would Be 79 this Wednesday Here’s a double trouble playlist, with a hit from the man himself and an alternative from pretenders to/contenders for the throne.   Elvis Presley – “That’s All Right” [Spotify/YouTube] Howlin’ Wolf – “That’s All Right” [Spotify/YouTube] Elvis Presley – “Mystery Train” [Spotify/YouTube] Neil Young […]

The Annual Yule Blog: Rocking, Swinging Through the Holidays with APL
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The Annual Yule Blog: Rocking, Swinging Through the Holidays with APL

Our Sixth Annual Yule Blog The month of December is finally here The time of the season we bring you good cheer. The tunes that we list we hope will amuse So relax take a listen…  you have nothing to lose. Pick from bebop and pop Or country and rock; there’s piano and brass plus […]

Director's Blog: Giving Thanks for Your ABBIEs Support
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Director’s Blog: Giving Thanks for Your ABBIEs Support

Giving Thanks As you may have heard, for the second straight year Arlington Public Library has won “Best Customer Service” and “Best Family Friendly Spot” in Arlington’s Best Business Awards, better known as the ABBIEs. Those were the two categories in which we qualified and the Library was the only government/non-profit organization contending in them. […]

Our Fifth Annual "Too Cool for Yule Blog"
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Our Fifth Annual “Too Cool for Yule Blog”

The classified confetti from Macy’s parade is now gone.   Black Friday and Cyber Monday, too.  It’s that most wonderful time of the year when holiday tunes  reappear and the sounding joys repeat on and on. You’re sure to find something new. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by U2?  Acid rock, jazz, classical, neo-prog? Cementing […]

Director's Blog: November's Happy Ending
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Director’s Blog: November’s Happy Ending

It’s been quite an autumn in Arlington. First came Hurricane Sandy, which thankfully caused little of the heart-breaking destruction seen to the north. Still, Sandy forced this region into shutdown mode and that included two days without services like the Library. Then there was the big election, which just missed a record turnout but still […]

Answers to (Almost) Anything
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Answers to (Almost) Anything

Meet the Public (through the Press) I had the pleasure of taking part last week in a new feature at the ArlNow.com local news site. The “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” feature invited readers to post questions about Arlington Public Library and I spent about two hours answering in real time. It was great fun to tackle […]