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Voices of Little Saigon in Clarendon: Public Art on View at Central Library
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Voices of Little Saigon in Clarendon: Public Art on View at Central Library

Public Art and Oral Histories Honor Clarendon’s Vietnamese Heritage On May 9, 2015, artist Khánh H. Lê’s temporary public installation will be on display in the fountain of Clarendon Central Park for “Echoes of Saigon,” a multimedia celebration honoring the journey of Clarendon’s Vietnamese community during the late 1970’s and 1980’s. In addition to the […]

Wakefield High School Photographers on Exhibit
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Wakefield High School Photographers on Exhibit

April Showers Bring May Flowers On exhibit at the Columbia Pike Branch Library, May 2015.   Brought to you through a partnership with Arlington Public Schools and Arlington Public Library.   Learn more about Art Exhibits at the Library.  

We Loved "Take Your Kids to Work Day"
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We Loved “Take Your Kids to Work Day”

For this year’s Bring Your Child to Work Day, librarians Anne and Raquel introduced Arlington County employees’ kids (and their parents) to some of the cool things the Library does. The kids also learned about Arlington’s Nature Centers, and County government.   We had a great time – and we think the kids did, too! […]

IndieFlix Spotlight: Robots for Kids and Teens
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IndieFlix Spotlight: Robots for Kids and Teens

Get the Imagination Whirring with Short Films Staring Robots To watch these (or any) IndieFlix titles for free with your library card, create (or login to) your IndieFlix account now. Learn more about IndieFlix at the Library.   Dubstep Dispute [2012] 2 mins, Family, U.S.A. Join this lovable crew of droids as they solve their differences the only […]

How We Roll: Earth Day, Every Day
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How We Roll: Earth Day, Every Day

Just in time for Earth Day 2015, Arlington Public Library is riding high with another distinction in sustainability. Central Library is now a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business according to the League of American Bicyclists. The award recognizes Central for its efforts to encourage biking among its employees and patrons through education programs, bike-friendly facilities, car-free […]

Waiting for "A Spool of Blue Thread"?
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Waiting for “A Spool of Blue Thread”?

Anne Tyler’s beautifully written tale of the Whitshank family “untangles the threads that bind and sometimes choke all of them.” (Library Journal) Whether you’re still waiting to read “A Spool of Blue Thread,” or already read and loved it, we think you’ll also enjoy these character-driven family stories:   After This by Alice McDermott A […]

Drop Everything and Read - at Buzz Bakery
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Drop Everything and Read – at Buzz Bakery

Looking for an excuse to finish the book on your nightstand? Or start your next book club choice? That’s what over 40 people did at Buzz Bakery in Ballston last Tuesday night. Buzz donated a percentage of that evening’s profits to the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, and attendees had the chance to sign up […]

Postcard Display Celebrates America's Libraries
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Postcard Display Celebrates America’s Libraries

Souvenirs from the Early 20th Century On exhibit at Central Library, April 2015. Don’t miss this month’s historic postcard display at Central in honor of National Library Week. It includes images of dozens of beautiful library buildings, many of them Carnegie Libraries, which were built between 1890 and 1920.   The postcards are part of […]

13 Picture Books for Spring
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13 Picture Books for Spring

Celebrate Spring with a Good Book! Join us April 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a special April showers storytime at the Shirlington Branch Library, followed by a toddler dance party.   And you can share these stories about rain and spring at any time:   Blue on Blue by Dianne White Rhyming text and illustrations […]

Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences
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Jesmyn Ward Offers Insight, Hope to Arlington Reads Audiences

National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward stressed the importance of dialogue both locally and nationally during two Arlington Reads 2015 appearances April 8.  Speaking first to students at Marymount University, Ward said “hope” was the key to confronting each new day despite the weight of the latest tragic headlines stemming from the issues of race […]