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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 […]

Tombstone Blues
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Tombstone Blues

“Almost Gone.” Clarendon, April 2, 2012.  Photo by Diane Kresh.

What's Up with Library eBooks?
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What’s Up with Library eBooks?

        In the world of library eBooks, you can’t always get what you want. Unlike the world of print, where a library can buy a regular book and add a plastic cover and some labels, eBooks must be specifically licensed by their publishers for library lending. Here in Arlington, we buy eBooks […]

Dance Factory
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Last Dance

Old sign on North Fairfax, now gone. Photo taken by Diane Kresh on May 8, 2009 near Central Library.    

Don't Touch That Screen: Fourth Annual Good Tidings and Tunes Yule Blog
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Don’t Touch That Screen: Fourth Annual Good Tidings and Tunes Yule Blog

  ©Lloyd Wolf /Arlington Photographic DocumentaryProject Each year, the Christmas season seems to arrive a little earlier. A few weeks ago, it was not yet Halloween and Macy’s at Pentagon City was setting up its Christmas shop. Ever the stickler for tradition, for me the season still begins with Santa’s wave, signaling the end of […]

Arlington Public Library Remembers
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Arlington Public Library Remembers

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? As the 10th anniversary of this epochal moment approaches, I find myself reflecting back on the day and its aftermath. My memory plays like a movie. It was a day just like any other canopied by an improbably blue sky. My walk to work, a stop for carryout […]