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Agenda

  1. Nov
    1
    Sat
    1. English Conversation Class–Central
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

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

      No registration necessary.

      We offer four English conversation classes at Central Library, and one at the Columbia Pike Branch Library – view hours and locations.

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

       

    2. NANOWRIMO All Ages Write In–Central
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      NANOWRIMO 2014

      Snacks and wifi provided.

      National Novel Writing Month, or NANOWRIMO began in 1999 when a small group of aspiring novel-writers set out to motivate each other by creating an artificially imposed deadline. Because they had so much fun, and found the artificial deadline so helpful, they decided to share their idea with the world, and now hundreds of thousands of people participate in NANOWRIMO every year in November.

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      Find more NANOWRIMO Programs at the Library.

       

    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.

      Cuentacuentos con Sra. Desirée Disfrutamos cuentos, canciones, rimas en inglés y manualidades para niños de todas edades y habilidades.

      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.

       

      We offer four English conversation classes at Central Library, and one at the Columbia Pike Branch Library – view all hours and locations.

       

    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.

       

  2. Nov
    2
    Sun
    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Tech Night Tutorials–Central
      7:00 pm – 9:00 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.

      To register for a 30-minute slot. For more information, call 703-228-5959.

       

       

  3. Nov
    3
    Mon
    1. Drop-in Storytime: Under Twos–Glencarlyn
      10:30 am – 11:00 am

      For ages up to 2 years.

      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.

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

      For ages up to 2 years.

      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.

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

      For ages up to 2 years.

      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: Baby Steps–Central
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      For ages up to a year old. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

       

       

       

    7. NANOWRIMO Teen Writers Cafe–Central
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      NANOWRIMO 2014

      A chance to write and talk to others about writing. Snacks, coffee and wifi provided.

      National Novel Writing Month, or NANOWRIMO began in 1999 when a small group of aspiring novel-writers set out to motivate each other by creating an artificially imposed deadline. Because they had so much fun, and found the artificial deadline so helpful, they decided to share their idea with the world, and now hundreds of thousands of people participate in NANOWRIMO every year in November.

      Teen Writers button
      Find more NANOWRIMO Programs at the Library.

       

    8. Tech Night Tutorials–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.

      To register for a 30-minute slot.  For more information, call 703-228-5710.

      Please note that the Wednesday night tutorials have been discontinued.

       

    9. Public Meeting: Ballston Metro Station Area Improvements–Central
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Arlington County Transit is redesigning the Ballston-MU Metro plaza and the operation of nearby streets to improve the safety, circulation and aesthetics of the area.

      Come learn about plans to improve the public plaza, bus passenger amenities, pedestrian pathways and vehicular/bus circulation for the Ballston Metro Station area. For project updates, visit http://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/ballston-station-multimodal/.

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    10. Face-to-Face Chat with a County Board Member–Westover
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      It’s an Open Door Monday for at least one member of Arlington’s County Board.

      Stop by, say “hello,” and ask questions or say what’s on your mind.

      Open Door Mondays Schedule for 2014:

      First Monday of the month at Westover Branch Library

      Second Monday of the month Arlington Mill Community Center

      Third Monday of the month at Cherrydale Branch Library

      Fourth Monday of the month at Aurora Hills Branch Library

       No meetings in August, December, or on Fifth Mondays of the month. 

    11. Meet the Artist: Signature Theatre “Sex with Strangers” Stars Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile–Shirlington
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Off Book: Signature at the Library

      Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile star in the Signature Theatre premiere of Laura Eason’s “Sex With Strangers.” Join them as they discuss their careers and this provocative new play.

    12. 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. Nov
    4
    Tue
    1. Tech Class For Seniors: Basic Social Media and Photo-Sharing–Aurora Hills
      11:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Learn the Basics of Facebook and Flickr

      Sending messages, creating profiles, uploading, sharing and much more.

      All that you need is access to an email account and basic computer skills.

      Register at the branch or by calling 703-228-5715. Space limited to 10 seats.

       

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

      An informal book group

      The November title will be “Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway.

      The December title will be “Destiny of the Republic“  by Candice Millard.

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

      Kids Club at Shirlington, for elementary school aged children.

      Sessions on Tuesdays.

      Nov. 4: Make A Wreath

      Nov. 18: Hoop Gliders

       

    4. 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.