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Waiting for "We Are Not Ourselves"?
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Waiting for “We Are Not Ourselves”?

Matthew Thomas’ novel charts the story of the American Century, with the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. Whether you’re waiting to read “We Are Not Ourselves,” or already read it and loved it, here are five more epic family sagas exploring the American Dream:   Within […]

Storytime Break: Nov. 23, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015
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Storytime Break: Nov. 23, 2014 – Jan. 5, 2015

Fall 2014 Storytimes End Saturday, Nov. 22 We will miss seeing you every week, but we’re planning great things for January 2015!

Celebrate Winter with Picture Books
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Celebrate Winter with Picture Books

Fall 2014 Storytimes End Saturday, Nov. 22 We will miss seeing you every week, but we’re planning great things for January! Winter 2015 storytimes will begin the week of January 5.   You can create your own seasonal storytime (at home or at the Library) with these picture books about snow and winter:   Snow Babies […]

Video: YA Author Meg Medina on Bullying
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Video: YA Author Meg Medina on Bullying

Recorded Monday, Oct. 27 at Central Library, by Allan Yankosky / 1411 Media. Ms. Medina is the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 CYBILS Fiction winner for her young adult novel, “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.” She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture […]

Geography Awareness Week: 5 Books (and 2 Websites) for Kids
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Geography Awareness Week: 5 Books (and 2 Websites) for Kids

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week, November 16 – 22! Kids and adults can explore geography all over the world with National Geographic Virtual Library (free with your Library card), or discover the geography of food as part of the National Geographic Society’s focus this year.   We also recommend these great geography books for your young […]

Do You Recognize This First Line?
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Do You Recognize This First Line?

Test Your Memory At Central Library In honor of NANOWRIMO, we’re holding a “First Line Quiz” at Central Library during November.  To take part, visit the NANOWRIMO display in the first floor lobby at Central, complete your age-appropriate quiz, and drop it in the submission bucket.  You can get a head start with these images […]

Alex Braden: Sound Installation
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Alex Braden: Sound Installation

Piece and Quiet Arlington County Spotlight Artist Grant, to be installed on Saturdays at the following locations: Nov. 22 – Westover Branch Library Nov. 29 – Cherrydale Branch Library Dec. 6 – Central Library Dec. 13 – Shirlington Branch Library True quiet is a near impossible experience. Even in anechoic chambers—soundproofed spaces designed to eliminate […]

Video: Ann Patchett at Central
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Video: Ann Patchett at Central

Watch a masterful talk by the great Ann Patchett at Arlington Central Library The acclaimed author, essayist, book store co-owner and dog lover drew a devoted overflow crowd for her Arlington Reads Extra appearance Oct. 23. The evening was made possible by the Friends of Arlington Public Library. Special thanks to Rob Farr and David […]

A Night to Remember at the Lit Up Ball
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A Night to Remember at the Lit Up Ball

The Second Annual Lit Up Ball was another night to remember, with dancing to excellent music performed by the Hot Society Orchestra, delicious deserts and a spy game worthy of 007 himself. Spy-themed cocktails (shaken not stirred, of course) were enjoyed by all, and the raffle baskets raised over $500 for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.   Nearly […]

Seeking Opinionated Teen Reviewers
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Seeking Opinionated Teen Reviewers

Write for Us! We’re looking for teens to review the books they read this year for our teen tumblr. We love to have recommendations from teens for teens! Who better to give us the inside scoop on what’s worth checking out in our YA department? If you’re a teen (or a parent who knows a teen) that […]