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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 3
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 3

Ten spies were caught and arrested for participating in a spy ring. Their group was given this name by the FBI. Hint: These kinds of puzzles derived from the stories told by carefully selected images in medieval heraldry. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   […]

STEM Kits Are A Huge Hit
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STEM Kits Are A Huge Hit

Summer Fun with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! This year for Summer Reading, the Library has created seven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) kits geared toward elementary students and their families.   Helen, a rising third grader, recently tried out the Engineering STEM Kit at the Cherrydale Branch Library. Check out the neat bridge she built: […]

Celebrating 24 Years of the ADA
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Celebrating 24 Years of the ADA

Arlington Public Library marks the 24th anniversary of a sweeping set of civil rights protections becoming law Signed by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications assistance services. Recently we got to […]

Apollo to the Moon at Aurora Hills
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Apollo to the Moon at Aurora Hills

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11′s moon landing, the Aurora Hills Branch Library is showing an exhibit of Apollo-related documents.     The notes, charts, books and newspapers are from the personal collection of engineer and longtime Arlington resident Al Burt, who worked on the Apollo 7 through 13 lunar missions. Mr. Burt worked […]

Mysteries in the Spirit of Agatha Christie
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Mysteries in the Spirit of Agatha Christie

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled” If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:   The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family? Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect […]

5 Picture Books about Turtles
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5 Picture Books about Turtles

They Carry Their Houses Wherever they Go… Summer is a great time for you and your little one to read all about turtles – and maybe you’ll meet a real one too!   Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo A wonderful story about a boy who finds a turtle and tries to make him […]

Three Ways to Grow Tomatoes in Vertical Spaces
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Three Ways to Grow Tomatoes in Vertical Spaces

Trellis, Pole, or Cage This year the Arlington Food Assistance Center gardeners used the Central Library vegetable garden to demonstrate some of the ways you can grow tomatoes, especially if you don’t have a lot of space. Tomatoes can be grown on a trellis by tying the two major stems (called leaders) up to a […]

Discover the Art - and Value - of Play
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Discover the Art – and Value – of Play

Everybody Needs to Have Fun! Games and play are not just for kids or professional athletes. Play is an essential part of relaxation, creative thinking, discovering identity, and developing community for people of all ages.  Learn more about the art of playing, the history of games and the people who play them, and how to […]

Play the Undercover Arlington Contest
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Play the Undercover Arlington Contest

Find the Spies and You Could Win Tickets to the Lit Up Ball The theme for this year’s Ball is Ian Fleming’s “James Bond: From Russia with Love,” so to get you in the mood we’re holding an espionage-in-Arlington puzzle contest! Starting Wednesday, July 16, we will publish a new Undercover Arlington puzzle each Wednesday for […]

What Volunteers Do: Get "Real World" Experience
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What Volunteers Do: Get “Real World” Experience

Arlington Library and Schools Partner for Senior Experience Washington-Lee High School seniors Kyle Chipman and Emma Troy spent the last three weeks of their high school career supporting a critical Library outreach activity – helping Central Library’s Youth Services librarians prepare for Summer Reading. Washington-Lee’s Senior Experience program encourages graduating teens to spend at least 75 hours […]