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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 […]

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 […]

A Shelter After the Storm
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A Shelter After the Storm

Thanks to all who have helped make Central a safe, cool space this week. The staff and volunteers who have worked hard to keep the building organized, even when they had no power in their own homes. Dominion Power for keeping our electricity running so we could open our doors early and keep them open […]

Library, Cooling Center, Spray Park
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Library, Cooling Center, Spray Park

Both Central Library and the Shirlington Branch Library will stay open tonight (Sunday) until 11:00 p.m. During this weekend’s power outage / heat wave, Arlingtonians have flocked to the Library: By 2:30 p.m. Sunday, over 600 people were perched on practically every available service at the Central Library. They were reading and studying, charging cell […]

Great News for Branches, Yours and Hours
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Great News for Branches, Yours and Hours

Hello friends, The Arlington County Board has approved a Fiscal Year 2013 budget that will restore branch hours throughout the Arlington Public Library system. In short, this means beginning the week of July 1—the start of the new fiscal year—branches that have been closed Tuesdays will again be open on Tuesdays and branches that have […]