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Agenda

  1. Dec
    3
    Wed
    1. Chinese Conversation Class–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Practice speaking Chinese while discussing a variety of subjects.

      Sessions are led by native Chinese speakers.

      No registration is required.

       

    2. Knitting Club–Cherrydale
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Join the “Knit & Purl” gathering: All skill levels welcome.

      Meets every Wednesday (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve). Bring your own supplies but we’ll have a few needles and some yarn on hand.

       

  2. Dec
    4
    Thu
    1. Tech Help–Central
      1:00 pm – 3:00 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

      Register for a 30-minute slot.

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

      For more information about Tech Tutoring at Central Library, call 703-228-5959

      For more information about Tech Tutoring at Columbia Pike Branch Library, call 703-228-5710.

    2. Films: Great Musicals–Columbia Pike
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Columbia Pike screens great musicals throughout December on Thursdays at 3 p.m.

      Dec. 4: “An American in Paris” [1951], Rated PG-13, 113 min. Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly and Lesie Caron. Three friends try to make lives for themselves in post-WWII Paris. However things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

      Dec. 11: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” [1954], Rated G, 113 min. Directed by Stanley Donen and starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

      Dec. 18: “Meet Me in St. Louis” [1944], 113 min., Rated G. Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien and Mary Astor. In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

       

       

    3. Kids Read to Dogs: “Paws to Read”–Aurora Hills
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs.

      Each “Paws to Read” child is given a 15-minute session where they will be paired with a canine listener. Volunteers (both owners and dogs) are part of PAL (People. Animals. Love.), an animal therapy organization. All participating dogs are trained and certified.

      Studies have shown that reading to a dog (or other non-judgmental audience) can help improve a child’s reading level and increase their enjoyment of reading.

      Please register for a slot by calling 703-228-5715.

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

    4. Spanish Conversation Class–Central
      6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

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

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

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

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

      No registration necessary.

      We offer four English conversation classes at Central Library, one at the Aurora Hills Branch 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.

       

  3. Dec
    5
    Fri
    1. English Conversation Class–Aurora Hills
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      New at Aurora Hills

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

      No registration necessary. Groups meets every Friday.

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

      For more information about this class, call 703-228-5715.

       

    2. Music Class for Toddlers–Westover
      10:30 am – 11:10 am

       Levine School of Music presents a special music class for toddlers (1-3 years).​

      Registration is required for this program.

      Register by calling 703-228-5260 or by visiting the Westover Branch Library circulation desk.

  4. Dec
    6
    Sat
    1. Alex Braden: Sounds Installation–Central
      Dec 6 (all-day)

      Piece and Quiet

      True quiet is a near impossible experience.

      Piece and Quiet slider Alex bradenEven in anechoic chambers—soundproofed spaces designed to eliminate echoes—the sound of breathing or a heartbeat can seem louder than a passing freight train. And when we try to create a silent haven (such as at a library), we start noticing softer sounds that we might not have otherwise heard.

      The sounds you will hear in Alexander Braden’s sound installation “Piece and Quiet” were recorded around Arlington County over a period of a few days in September, 2014. They are woven together into a subtle composition that will play quietly on loop, broadcast over eight speakers, each playing a unique part of the soundscape.

      With “Piece and Quiet,” Braden invites you to enter the Library, listen, and discover:

       

      Learn more about Public Art in Arlington County.

       

    2. 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.

       

    3. 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.

       

    4. 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.

    5. Book Celebration: “The Art of Richard Thompson”–Central
      2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

      A presentation and book discussion celebrating the new anthology of work by the tremendously talented cartoonist and Arlington resident. Richard Thompson

      Featuring a slide show of Thompson’s work and a discussion of his career. Speakers will include four of the five editors of the book: Nick Galifianakis, David Apatoff,  Mike Rhode, and Chris Sparks.

      Presented in partnership with One More Page Books.
       

    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.

       

  5. Dec
    7
    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. Children’s Author Event: “There’s Noel in Rat” by Mary-Hannah Klontz and Ron Kuntz–Central
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      A book reading and signing by Mary-Hannah Klontz.

      Ms. Klontz has taught music at all levels in Arlington Public Schools. She currently teaches at Swanson Middle School.

      About the book: A science experiment gives Christmas Rat’s brain a boost from lab rat to super rat. Strong feelings become words and action as he helps homeless orphans, fixes Santa’s bad list and searches for the meaning of Christmas. With Christmas Rat you will laugh, cry and maybe even learn to read with him too! There’s no L in rat, but there is in love.

      For each $10 book purchased at this event, $5 will be donated to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network and buyers will also receive a ticket for a free ice cream sundae from Carvel Ice Cream in Arlington.

    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. Films: The Big Holiday Movie Series–Shirlington
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      A Season of Sundays at Shirlington, 7 p.m.

      Nov. 30: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” [1993] Rated PG; 76 minutes. Directed by Henry Selik and staring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, and Catherine O’Hara.  Jack Skellington wants to try something new and brings Christmas to Halloween town with mixed results.

      Dec. 7: “Elf” [2003] Rated PG; 97 minutes. Directed by Jon Favreau and staring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel. When Buddy the Elf learns he’s actually a human, he heads to New York to find his biological father and spread Christmas cheer.

      Dec. 14: “Christmas Vacation” [1989] Rated PG-13; 97 minutes. Directed by Jeremiah Chechick and staring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis. With 25,000 lights on his house, Chuck Griswold has big plans for Christmas, but everything turns into a disaster.

      Dec. 21: “A Christmas Story” [1983] Rated PG; 94 minutes. Directed by Bob Clark and staring Peter Billingsley, Melina Dillon, and Darren McGavin. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun, even though everyone tells him he’ll put an eye out.

    5. 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

      Register for a 30-minute slot.

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

      For more information about Tech Tutoring at Central Library, call 703-228-5959

      For more information about Tech Tutoring at Columbia Pike Branch Library, call 703-228-5710.

  6. Dec
    8
    Mon
    1. 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.

       

       

       

    2. Kids Read to Dogs: “Paws to Read”–Central
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs.

      Each “Paws to Read” child is given a 15-minute session where they will be paired with a canine listener. Volunteers (both owners and dogs) are part of PAL (People. Animals. Love.), an animal therapy organization. All participating dogs are trained and certified.

      Studies have shown that reading to a dog (or other non-judgmental audience) can help improve a child’s reading level and increase their enjoyment of reading.

      Please register for a slot by calling 703-228-5946.

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

       

    3. 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.

       

       

    4. Book Club: Truth is Stranger than Fiction–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      A Book Club for Non-Fiction Fans

      The December discussion centers onThe Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother” by James McBride.

      Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut.

       

  7. Dec
    9
    Tue
    1. Kids Read to Dogs: “Paws to Read”–Westover
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs.

      Each “Paws to Read” child is given a 15-minute session where they will be paired with a canine listener. Volunteers (both owners and dogs) are part of PAL (People. Animals. Love.), an animal therapy organization. All participating dogs are trained and certified.

      Studies have shown that reading to a dog (or other non-judgmental audience) can help improve a child’s reading level and increase their enjoyment of reading.

      Please register for a slot by calling 703-228-5260. This program takes place at the Westover branch on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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