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Agenda

  1. Feb
    28
    Sat
    1. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CENTRAL GARAGE BEFORE THE LIBRARY OPENS
      Feb 28 (all-day)

      To allow staff to prepare for the day, we ask Library users not to proceed down the ramp off Quincy Street until the building is officially open for the day.

      Central Library opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

      Thank you for your understanding as we work to make opening procedures at Central Library as consistent as possible.

       

  2. Mar
    1
    Sun
    1. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CENTRAL GARAGE BEFORE THE LIBRARY OPENS
      Mar 1 (all-day)

      To allow staff to prepare for the day, we ask Library users not to proceed down the ramp off Quincy Street until the building is officially open for the day.

      Central Library opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

      Thank you for your understanding as we work to make opening procedures at Central Library as consistent as possible.

       

    2. Arabic Conversation Class–Central
      1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

      Practice your Arabic with new friends and neighbors.

      All levels are welcome, but participants should have some knowledge of the language. Come for a session and see if it works for you.

    3. Sunday Job-seeker Lab–Columbia Pike
      5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      A weekly lab to make hunting for jobs easier.

      Participants receive:

      • Three-hour uninterrupted computer reservations 
      • Free job-related printing
      • Extra staff /volunteers ready to help with resources and online applications.

      Drop-ins  welcome.

      Take advantage of a selection of job-related books, local job skills course catalogs and local employment center brochures.

    4. Tech Help–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Tech Tutoring

      Need help getting your computer’s software to work?  Want to download a book or magazine from the Library’s eCollection? Interested in finally uploading all the photos on your smartphone?

      Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one Library tech assistance appointment.

      Sundays, 7–8:30 p.m. at Central Library

      Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. at Central library

      Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. at Central Library

      Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Central Library

      Register for a 30-minute slot.

      Also: Mondays, 5:45–8:45 p.m. at Columbia Pike Branch Library, 703-228-5710.

      Also: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 – 8 p.m. at Cherrydale Branch Library, 703-228-6330

       

  3. Mar
    2
    Mon
    1. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CENTRAL GARAGE BEFORE THE LIBRARY OPENS
      Mar 2 (all-day)

      To allow staff to prepare for the day, we ask Library users not to proceed down the ramp off Quincy Street until the building is officially open for the day.

      Central Library opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

      Thank you for your understanding as we work to make opening procedures at Central Library as consistent as possible.

       

    2. Drop-in Storytime: Under Twos–Glencarlyn
      10:30 am – 11:00 am

      For ages up to 24 months.

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached.

      Call 703-228-5715 for more information.

      For safety, Library children’s programs are canceled when Arlington Public Schools are closed for inclement weather.

    3. Drop-in Storytime: Under Twos–Shirlington
      10:30 am – 11:00 am

      For ages up through 24 months.

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached.

      Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

      For safety, Library children’s programs are canceled when Arlington Public Schools are closed for inclement weather.

    4. Drop-in Storytime: Under Twos–Shirlington
      11:15 am – 11:45 am

      For ages up through 24 months.

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached.

      Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

      For safety, Library children’s programs are canceled when Arlington Public Schools are closed for inclement weather.

    5. Book Club: Read Between the Lines–Shirlington
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      An informal book group that meets the first Tuesday of each month

      The March featured title will be “Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.

      The April featured title will be “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

    6. Drop-in Storytime: Baby Steps–Central
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      For ages up to 12 months.

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached.

      Call 703-228-5946 for more information.

      For safety, Library children’s programs are canceled when Arlington Public Schools are closed in inclement weather.

    7. Film Series: Jane Austen Tea Party–Shirlington
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Stop by Mondays at 2 p.m. for a cup of tea and screenings of films based on Jane Austen’s classics

      Feb. 2:  ”Pride and Prejudice” Part One [1995] BBC television mini-series

      Feb. 9:Pride and Prejudice” Part Two [1995] BBC television mini-series

      Feb. 23:Emma” [1996]. Rated PG, 121 minutes. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Greta Scacchi. Directed by Douglas McGrath.

      March 2:Sense and Sensibility” [1995] Rated PG, 131 minutes. Starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Directed by Ang Lee.

    8. Tech Class: Computer Fundamentals–Central
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Learn the parts of the computer, vocabulary, get hands-on training

      Get familiar with the mouse and keyboard, and learn the basics of Microsoft Windows. No prior computer skills required.

      Advance registration is not required.

    9. English Conversation Class–Central
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Non-native speakers practice English, in a small group setting.

      For more information, call Ingrid Kauffman at 703-228-5996.

      Please note that this class will meet on Mondays at 3 p.m. beginning Oct. 15.

       

      Learn more about Language Conversation Classes at the Library.

       

       

       

    10. Maker Mondays for Tweens–Central
      4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

      Take things apart, make a four-wheel balloon car and more

      Registration not required but space is limited. First-come, first-served -til we reach capacity.

      For safety, Library children’s programs are canceled when Arlington Public Schools are closed for inclement weather.

       

      Maker Wordle layers copy

       

    11. Tech Help–Columbia Pike
      5:45 pm – 8:45 pm

      Having difficulty with a computer program or just need some help figuring out how to do something on your computer?

      Sign up for one-on-one staff tutoring sessions at the library.

      For more information, call 703-228-5710.

      Sessions also available during the week at Central Library and Cherrydale.

       

       

    12. Life Coach Presentation: Supercharge Yourself–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Inspiration and Tips from a Pro

      Taryn Laughlin will discuss how to recognize what’s holding you back, relieve fear about new opportunities, set realistic goals and get off the hamster wheel!

       

       

      Taryn Laughlin is a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).  She is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF).  

       

    13. Meet the Artists: Songwriter and Broadway Star Nick Blaemire–Shirlington
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Off Book: Signature at the Library

      Nick Blaemire, songwriter of Signature’s “Glory Days” and star of Broadway’s “Godspell,” sits down to share insight into “Soon,” a Signature world premiere musical for which he’s written the book, music and lyrics.

      Off Book is a monthly feature at the Shirlington Branch.

    14. Book Club: Monday Night Book Club–Cherrydale
      7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

      The Cherrydale Branch’s Monthly Monday Night Book Discussion

       


      Oct. 6: (meeting on the first Monday of the month, because of Columbus Day)

      The Light Between Oceans:  A Novel” by M.L. Stedman.

      O, The Oprah Magazine“This months-long New York Times bestseller is irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page.”. . . . Amazon.com Review:  “Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom -­ whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I -­ begins to waver. M. L. Stedman’s vivid characters and gorgeous descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Light Between Oceans.”. . .

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      Mon., Nov. 3: (meeting on the first Monday of the month) Thunder At Twilight:  Vienna 1913/1914 by Frederic Morton, March 25, 2014 edition

      Publishers Weekly:  “In an astonishing work of literary energy and historical insight, the author of The Rothschilds brings us the backstage dynamics that preceded the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the deed that precipitated WW I. Morton captures both the elegant decadence of Emperor Franz Joseph’s Vienna, and the potent spirits of those revolutionary thinkers who, all in Vienna at some time during the two years before the war, would blow away the past and create modernity. There were Stalin, Trotsky and Lenin; Freud and Jung; the glowering Hitler; Kafka, Wittgenstein and Karl Kraus; and a small band of Serb nationalists, one of whom fired the shot that catapulted Franz Joseph, Kaiser Wilhelm and Tsar Nicholas into a war they didn’t want but couldn’t prevent, and that reduced them to puppets.”

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      No meeting in December

      The Jan., 5 , 2015 book, “Prague Winter” by Madeleine Albright, will be given out at the Nov. 3 meeting

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      Mon., Jan. 5, 2015, 7:30 pm (meeting on the first Monday of the month):Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948“ by Madeleine Albright.

      Publishers Weekly (starred review):  “Showing us villainy, heroism, and agonizing moral dilemmas, Albright’s vivid storytelling and measured analysis bring this tragic era to life.” . . .Washington Post Book World:  “A compelling personal exploration of [Albright’s] family’s Jewish roots as well as an excellent history of Czechoslovakia from 1937 to 1948. . . . Highly informative and insightful. . . . I can’t recommend ‘Prague Winter’ highly enough.”

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      Mon., Feb. 2:  (meeting on the first Monday of the month): “Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand – Major Motion Picture being released.

      #1 New York Times Bestseller. Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine.  Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award. . . . Book Description on Amazon:  “In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.” . . . . The New York Times Book Review: “Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”

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      Mon, March 2 (Meeting on first Monday of the month): “Citizens of London: Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour“by Lynn Olson.

      Publishers Weekly: “Starred Review. . . The Anglo-American alliance in WWII was not inevitable, writes former Baltimore Sun correspondent [Lynn] Olson (Troublesome Young Men). In this ingenious history, she emphasizes the role of three prominent Americans living in London who helped bring it about. Best known was Edward R. Murrow, head of CBS radio’s European bureau after 1937. His pioneering live broadcasts during the blitz made him a celebrity, and Olson portrays a man who worked tirelessly to win American support for Britain. Most admirable of the three was John Winant, appointed American ambassador in 1941. A true humanitarian, he skillfully helped craft the British-American alliance. And most amusing was Averell Harriman, beginning a long public service career. In 1941, FDR sent the wealthy, ambitious playboy to London to oversee Lend-Lease aid. He loved the job, but made no personal sacrifices, living a luxurious life as he hobnobbed with world leaders and carried on an affair with Churchill’s daughter-in-law. Olson, an insightful historian, contrasts the idealism of Winant and Murrow with the pragmatism of Harriman. But all three men were colorful [all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister's family], larger-than-life figures, and Olson’s absorbing narrative does them justice.” . . . New York Post:  “[A] cracking good read.”

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      Mon., April 13:  “For Whom the Bell Tolls“, by Ernest Hemingway

      This title is  #8 on “Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century, a list of the one hundred best books of the 20th century, according to a poll conducted in the spring of 1999 by the French retailer Fnac and the Paris newspaper Le Monde.” Published in 1940, this novel has inspired film, TV, and a 2010 musical adaptation.

      Book Description:  “In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from “the good fight,” For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerrilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan’s love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo’s last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. ‘If the function of a writer is to reveal reality,’ Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, ‘no one ever so completely performed it.’ Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author’s previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.”  . . . New York Times:  “‘The best book Hemingway has written.”

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      Mon., May 11:  “The Garden of Evening Mists:  A Novel“ by Tan Twan Eng

      This title was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

      Library Journal:  “Starred Review . . . Like his debut, The Gift of Rain (2007), Tan’s second novel is exquisite…Tan triumphs again, entwining the redemptive power of storytelling with the elusive search for truth, all the while juxtaposing Japan’s inhumane war history with glorious moments of Japanese art and philosophy. All readers in search of spectacular writing will not be disappointed.”  . . . Book Description on Amazon: “Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon comes.” Then she can design a garden for herself.  As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around them a communist guerilla war rages. . . .” . . .Philadelphia Inquirer:
      “Beautifully written…Eng is quite simply one of the best novelists writing today.”
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  4. Mar
    3
    Tue
    1. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CENTRAL GARAGE BEFORE THE LIBRARY OPENS
      Mar 3 (all-day)

      To allow staff to prepare for the day, we ask Library users not to proceed down the ramp off Quincy Street until the building is officially open for the day.

      Central Library opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

      Thank you for your understanding as we work to make opening procedures at Central Library as consistent as possible.

       

    2. Free Tax Preparation Assistance–Central
      10:00 am – 7:00 pm

      For people of low and moderate income.

      At Central Library: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

      Feb. 3 through April 14

      Presented in partnership with AARP.

      Tax Prep Clinics 2015

    3. One-on-One ACA Coverage Enrollment Assistance–Central
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Information Outside the Open Enrollment Period

      For those who need to apply for health care coverage during the special enrollment period.

      Learn more about the Affordable Care Act, find out what your plan options are and how to sign-up.

      Assistance provided by the Young Invincibles organization, which is funded by grants from partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies.

      No appointments necessary. The ACA assistance is available on Central First Floor near Welcome Desk.

       

      • Tuesday March 3,  10 am – 4 pm
      • Wednesday March 4, 10 – 4 pm
      • Tuesday March 10, 10 am – 4 pm
      • Thursday March 12, 10 am – 4 pm
      • Tuesday March 17, 10 am – 4 pm
      • Thursday March 19, 10 am to 4 pm
      • Not present the 3rd week in March
      • Tuesday March 31, 10 am to 4 pm
      • Thursday April 2, 10 am – 4 pm
      • Tuesday April 7, 10 am – 4 pm
      • Thursday April 9, 10 am – 4 pm
    4. Free Tax Preparation Assistance–Columbia Pike
      1:15 pm – 7:45 pm

      For people of low and moderate income.

      At Columbia Pike Branch Library: Tuesdays, 1:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

      Feb. 3 through April 14

      Presented in partnership with AARP.

      Tax Prep Clinics 2015

    5. Kids Club–Shirlington
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Kids Club at Shirlington on Tuesdays, for elementary school aged children.

      Feb. 3:  Ready, Aim, Fire! Build a catapult.

      Feb. 10: Block Party! Creative time with Legos.

      Feb. 17:  Celebrate Chinese New Year! Make a dragon. –Canceled due to weather

      Feb. 24: Game Day! Play some favorite board games.

      March 3:  Puff Mobile: Make a car and get ready to race!

      March 10:  Block Party! Creative time with Legos.

      March 17:  Pipe Cleaner Art: Super easy pipe cleaner activities.

      Kids Club will take a break and resume on April 7

       

       

    6. Drop-in Storytime: Stop In for Stories–Westover
      4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

      For ages up to 5 years.

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached.

      Call 703-228-5260 for more information.

      For safety, Library children’s programs are canceled when Arlington Public Schools are closed for inclement weather.