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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 […]

When Arlington Did the Right Thing
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When Arlington Did the Right Thing

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On August 28, the 48th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial will be formally dedicated in Washington D.C. Located in West Potomac Park and flanked by the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, […]

Take Me Out--Summer Dreams of Fields
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Take Me Out–Summer Dreams of Fields

  Baseball became a part of my life on a cool evening in the late summer of 1960 at Griffith Stadium in a game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators. The Yankees won. And from that evening on, I was hooked on both baseball and the Yankees. In the months before my […]

Too Cool for Yule: 3rd Annual Holiday Tunes from the Director, Part 3
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Too Cool for Yule: 3rd Annual Holiday Tunes from the Director, Part 3

  And now we bring you the last part of the Library Director’s annual “Don’t Touch That Dial” holiday-music blog post, designed to chase the dark away. 2010, PART 3…. 17. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon, The Harlem Community Choir, Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band, from John Lennon & Yoko […]