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  1. Apr
    1. Nanny Club–Columbia Pike
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      For ages up to 5 years. Para edades de hasta 5 años.

      La biblioteca de Columbia Pike invita a las niñeras y au-pairs  a utilizer el salon de cuentos cada miercoles de 10am a 12pm para cantar, bailar, leer y jugar con sus bebitos y niños pre-escolares.  A su alcance tendran libros, juguetes de peluche, títeres, música y mas. Padres de familia tambien pueden aprovechar de esta oportunidad para disfrutar con sus chiquitines.

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached. Nannies are welcomed to the storytime room to talk, sing, dance, read and play with their preschool children. Big books, board books, soft blocks, rattles, and puppets available for interactive and self-directed activities.

      Parents also welcome.

      Call 703-228-5710 for more information. Llame 703-228-5710 para más información.


    2. Book Club: Seasonal Read & Share–Columbia Pike
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Theme: Spring Flings (Romance Novels)

      Every quarter, the Columbia Pike Library will offer a topic and invite patrons to choose a book relating to the theme which will then be shared with others at the Read & Share meeting.

      Light refreshments will be available.  Upcoming dates and topics will be available at the meeting.

    3. English Conversation Class-Central
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      A comfortable place for non-native speakers to practice English.

      No registration necessary.

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


    4. Tech Class: Online Genealogy and Military Records: Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest–Central
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Research the past from your computer or online at the Library.

      Class will explore Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest,  two premium sites/online databases  included in the Library’s Research Portal.

      No advance registration required.

    5. ASL Club for Kids–Columbia Pike
      4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

      For Kids Grades K-5

      Fun activities, rhymes and songs exploring American Sign Language.

      Childrens’ programs are canceled if Arlington Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather.

    6. Kids Club–Central
      4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

      For Kids Grades K Through 5

      Get together weekly with old pals and new for fun, free activities.

      For safety, when Arlington Public Schools are closed because of inclement weather, Library programs for kids are canceled.


    7. Personal Computer Tutoring–Columbia Pike
      5:45 pm – 8:45 pm

      For beginners on up.

      Bring specific questions about specific programs or let us help you reach your computing goals.

      To register for a 30-minute slot, please call 703-228-5710.

    8. Chinese Conversation Class–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Chinese Language Conversation Group is a new informal practice class using Chinese to cover a variety of subjects of interest.

      The sessions are led by native Chinese speakers. No registration is required.


    9. Expert Garden Talk–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Expert Garden Talks for 2014

      Talks take place at 7 p.m. outdoors at the Central Library Community Garden near the tennis courts unless otherwise indicated.

      • March 19 (indoors): “CROP selection and soils” — giveaways: seeds, soil test kits
      • March 26 (indoors): “Seed starting”  – giveaways: seeds
      • April 2: No program
      • April 9: “Starting the Spring Garden: Transplanting, direct planting and readiness” — giveaways: seeds; seedlings
      • April 16: “Composting and Soil Testing”
      • April 23: ”Container gardens (all kinds)” — giveaways:  seeds
      • April 30: “Water, irrigation, rain barrels”
      • May 7: “Garden structures & vertical gardening” — giveaways: seeds, seedlings
      • May 14: “Herbs and herb container gardens” — giveaways: nibbles
      • May 21:  “No Room? No Problem-Growing Food in Small Spaces” — giveaways: seeds
      • May 28 (indoors): “Edible landscaping (including perennial vegetables)”
      • June 4: “Insect pests and beneficials” with lady bug release
      • June 11: “Weeds, mulches, tillage” with weed show and tell
      • June 18: “Pollination, pollinators, perennials”
      • June 25: “Top Ten vegetable plant diseases” with disease show and tell
      • July 2: No program
      • July 9: “Gardening with and for kids — giveaways: herbs, sachets
      • July 16: “Foraging the Wild Edibles”
      • July 23 (indoors) : “How vegetables are used around the world” — giveaways: food tastes, recipes
      • July 30: “Therapeutic Gardening”
      • Aug. 6: ”Vegetables for the fall” — giveaways: seeds
      • Aug. 13 (indoors):  Film with gardening theme
      • Aug. 20 (indoors): ”Food preservation: canning, drying, freezing
      • Sept. 10: “Cover crops and crop rotations”
      • Sept. 17: “Extending the season: cold frames, row covers, etc.”
      • Sept. 24: “Compost and compost tea” (TENTATIVE)
      • Oct. 1 (indoors): “Indoors vegetable gardening for the winter”
      • Oct. 8: No program
      • Oct. 15 (indoors): “Season in review: what worked, what didn’t”
    10. Book Club: The Discussion Group–Columbia Pike
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Columbia Pike Discussion Group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

      Upcoming topics and titles:

      Feb. 19: The group will discuss “Tender at the Bone“ by Ruth Reichl.



  2. Apr
    1. Reading Rabbits: Kids Read to Bunnies–Columbia Pike
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Students in grades K through 5 can read to a living, breathing rabbit.

      First-come, first-served. It’s like Paws to Read but with bunnies, not dogs.

      Rabbits courtesy of Arlington Public School’s Career Center.






    2. Tech Class: eBooks and eReaders–Central
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Get the latest on free Library downloads and how to read them.

      Learn about your Library’s eBook collection, your eAccount and walk through the process of downloading eBooks to your mobile device.

      Required skills: Basic computer familiarity, comfortable with Windows, familiarity with your mobil device.


    3. Film: “Little Miss Sunshine” [2006]–Columbia Pike
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Road Movies in April

      A cross-country journey for a dysfunctional family bent on seeing their young grade schooler become a beauty queen.

      Rated R, 101 minutes. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Starring a top-notch cast including Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano and introducing Abigail Breslin.

    4. Commuter Book Club–Meets at Le Pain Quotidien, 2900 Clarendon Blvd.
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      A book club for those who are out and about.

      Join the Commuter Book Club in reading (or listening to) “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan.  

      It’s the kind of book that makes metro the stops fly by, but doesn’t take you six weeks to finish.



      Think you’ll make it? Register on Meetup.



    5. English Conversation Class-Central
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      An opportunity for non-native speakers to practice English in a small setting.

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

    6. Spanish Conversation Class–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      An opportunity for non-native speakers to practice Spanish in a small setting.

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

  3. Apr
    1. Drop-in Storytime: Baby Steps–Columbia Pike
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      For ages up to a year old.

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

      Call 703-228-5710 for more information.

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

    2. Tech Class: Downloading Free Library eBooks, AudioBooks and Magazines-Bring Your Device–Columbia Pike
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm

      BYO Device

      Catch a demonstration of accessing the eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines through the Library website, followed by hands-on assistance with your own device

    3. Spring Break Geocaching–Aurora Hills
      1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      Join the Aurora Hills 55+ Senior Center and the Aurora Hills Branch Library for a spring break geocaching program

      Geocaching is “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

      The class will provide a basic overview of Geocaching, what it is and how it works, and teach participants how to use a GPS to search for these hidden geocaches. 

      The class will be presented by members of the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization in partnership with Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation.


  4. Apr
    1. Libraries Bike Tour: Tour des Bibliothèques–Begins at Central
      9:30 am – 1:15 pm

      The Seventh Annual Tour des Bibliothèques is an Arlington Public Library staff and community volunteer bicycle tour of seven of the county’s eight library sites (Plaza Branch Library is closed weekends).

      It’s a great way to cap National Library Week.

      To Register

      • Please email


      The tour will start at Central LibraryFor safety purposes, registration is required and the tour group will be limited to 25 riders. Helmets are required.

      Meet on the Quincy Street side near the front doors at 9:30 a.m. Ride begins at 10 a.m. The total circular route will cover some 30 miles and take between three and four hours but there will be several options for riding shorter portions.


      PLEASE NOTE: The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of bad weather. 


    2. English Conversation Class-Central
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      An opportunity for non-native speakers to practice English in a small setting.

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

    3. Drop-in Storytime: Stop In for Stories–Columbia Pike
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      For ages up to 5 years. No registration required.

      First come, first served until capacity is reached.

      Call 703-228-5710 for more information.

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

    4. English Language Conversation Class–Columbia Pike
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      Conversation practice for non-native speakers of English.

      Sessions are free and you may drop in as frequently as you like.  No registration required.  All levels encouraged to participate.   Our purpose is to give people who are learning English a chance to practice speaking English.  The meetings will be very informal and fun.

      More information on English Conversation Classes at the Library.




    5. Discussion: Saturday Stock Talks–Central
      11:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Get together with others who have an interest in investments and the stock market. Exchange ideas, network. Occasional guest speakers invited. No registration required.

      Meet in the Second Floor Meeting Room at Central, through June 28, 2014.

    6. Kids Read to Dogs: “Paws to Read”–Cherrydale
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Paws to Read at Cherrydale Branch Library

      To register a kindergarten – 5th grade student:

      Paws-to-Read will be at Cherrydale on the first and third Saturdays of the month.