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Celebrating 170 Years of Service

Celebrating 170 Years of Service

It’s not every day that we get to celebrate our own… On Thursday, Nov. 5, Arlington County celebrated six Library employees for extraordinary terms of service. These are some of the remarkable people who have made and kept Arlington Public Library a renowned community institution. From left to right: David Beach (30 years), Frances Coles (25 years), […]

Director's Blog: Take a Stand for Books

Director’s Blog: Take a Stand for Books

An email from Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore. arrived in my inbox yesterday reminding me that Sept. 28 – Oct. 3 is Banned Books Week.   Established in 1982 by the late Judith Krug, then director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and a tireless champion of freedom of speech, the annual […]

Forward with Arlington's History: A Mid-Term Task Force Report

Forward with Arlington’s History: A Mid-Term Task Force Report

The Arlington History Task Force, made up of County staff and citizen volunteers, continues to map out the best strategy for preserving our history.  The new Mid-Term Report [pdf] toward a 5-year plan lays out the group’s ideas for capturing, digitally storing and sharing both official documents and those elements of personal stories that will have […]

Director's Blog: Hooray for hoopla

Director’s Blog: Hooray for hoopla

Arlington Public Library just acquired hoopla, the nifty streaming and downloadable music/audiobook source with scores of content ranging from Top 40 to spoken word, all waiting to be discovered, borrowed and enjoyed by you on a PC or mobile device. All free with your Library card, six selections per month.  Here’s our Materials chief Shari […]

Director's Blog: The Cookie Chronicles

Director’s Blog: The Cookie Chronicles

If the sign-up sheets haven’t yet begun circulating in your office, don’t fret.  They will soon. The annual Girl Scout retail juggernaut is underway, spinning thousands of signatures into hundreds of millions of dollars in roughly six weeks’ time, a pace and margin of profit that is the envy of many CEOs. What began in […]

Your Annual "Too Cool for Yule Blog" Mix

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

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

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

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

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 […]