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  1. Sep
    8
    Mon
    1. 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.

      Please note: The Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 sessions will take place in the Central Library first floor area south of the circulation desk.

    2. 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.

       

    3. Drop-in Storytime: Family Storytime–Shirlington
      7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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

      The Cherrydale Branch’s Monthly Monday Night Book Discussion

       

      Feb. 10:  ”Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (author of “The Orchid Thief”). A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Bestseller. The American Library Association’s Booklist ranked “Rin Tin Tin” as the “Top of the List Nonfiction Adult Book for 2011.”

      From Booklist: “Starred Review. . .Rin Tin Tin, the smart, athletic German Shepherd who became “the archetypal dog hero,” was born on a battlefield in France in 1918 and rescued by Lee Duncan, an American soldier. Duncan, whose love for animals was rooted in a childhood of abandonment, brought Rin Tin Tin to California, where diligent training, talent, and luck turned “Rinty” into a universally beloved movie star. The Rin Tin Tin character lived on after the original dog’s death in 1932 (the world mourned) as Duncan, utterly devoted to his creation, worked with a series of German shepherds to keep Rin Tin Tin in the movies and on television for nearly four more decades. In her first from-scratch investigative book since The Orchid Thief (1999), New Yorker staff writer Orlean incisively chronicles . . . [the] Rin Tin Tin saga, including the rapid evolution of the film and television industries, the rise of American pet culture, how Americans heeded the military’s call and sent their dogs into combat during WWII . . . . Move over Seabiscuit, . . . Orlean presents a spectacularly compelling portrait.”

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      March 10: “The Language of Flowers: A Novel” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh .

      BookList: “Abandoned as an infant, Victoria grew up as a ward of the California foster-care system and, abused and neglected, turned into an angry, uncontrollable child. Deemed ‘unadoptable,’ she gets one final chance at a home life when she is placed with Elizabeth, a single woman running her family’s vineyard in the verdant hills outside San Francisco. Days before Victoria is scheduled to be officially adopted by Elizabeth, a terrible misunderstanding violently tears them apart, and she is sent back into the system. Though the emotional damage seems insurmountable, Victoria’s time on the farm taught her that there were other ways of getting her message across. Finally forced to support herself, Victoria lands a job with a florist and uses her knowledge of the hidden meaning of flowers to gradually and fitfully make her way back into the world, one that will include a career, motherhood, and the personal forgiveness necessary for her to love and be loved in return. Enchanting, ennobling, and powerfully engaging, Diffenbaugh’s artfully accomplished debut novel lends poignant testimony to the multitude of mysteries held in the human heart.”

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      April 7 (meeting on the first Monday of the month in April): “Double Cross” by Ben Macintyre.
      Amazon: “What do a Polish pilot, a Peruvian party girl, and a Spanish chicken maven have in common? They were all central to the success of Operation Fortitude, the audacious ruse that kept Hitler guessing of the location of the D-Day invasions, saving the lives of countless Allied soldiers and turning the war in their favor. In the same enthralling and entertaining fashion of his previous World War II spy stories (Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat), Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross goes behind the standard narratives of armies, generals, and tactics to chronicle the unlikely–and occasionally outlandish–stories of the spooks, spymasters, and double agents that changed the course of the war.”

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      May 12: “A Movable Feast“ by Ernest Hemingway, 1964 version (posthumous).

      Suzanne Embree, book group volunteer: ”There is also a restored version, published in 2009, but our book group and the other county book groups voted for the 1964 version to be purchased for the discussion collection based on group reader recommendations and after reading critical reviews. Among critics, advocates of each version have criticized the other as not being true to what Hemingway would have intended. Both versions have the same Amazon reader rating: 4.2 stars (out of 5). ”

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      June 9: “The Round House by Louise Erdrich. (Winner, 2012 National Book Award for Fiction)

      Library Journal: “Erdrich skillfully makes Joe’s coming-of-age both universal and specific…the story is also ripe with detail about reservation life, and with her rich cast of characters, Erdrich provides flavor, humor and depth. Joe’s relationship with his father, Bazil, a judge, has echoes of “To Kill a Mockingbird” 

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      No meeting in July. August book will be given out at June 9 session.


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      Aug. 11:  “Half of a Yellow Sun:  A Novel” by Chimamand Ngozi Adichie

      Orange Prize Winner & National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist .  The movie version of  this story will be out shortly, starring  Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”, “Children of Men”), 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Lead Actor.

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      Sept. 8:  ”The Art Forger : A Novel“  by B.A. Shapiro

      A New York Times bestseller.

      The Washington Post:  “Precise and exciting . . .  Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find The Art Forger rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.”

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      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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  2. Sep
    9
    Tue
    1. Kids Club–Shirlington
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Kids Club at Shirlington, for elementary school aged children.

      Sept. 9:  Make your own puppet!
      Sept. 16:  Homemade Bouncy Balls
      Sept. 23: Your Library Card 101–Using Library Databases
      Sept. 30: Watch a Good Book!

    2. 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.

    3. Drop-in Storytime: Over Twos–Cherrydale
      4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

      For ages 25 months to 5 years.

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

      Call 703-228-6330 for more information.

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

    4. Teen Advisory Board (TAB)–Central
      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      High School teen book discussion group meets first Tuesday of each month.

      There’s no assigned reading–come talk about whatever books you’re reading.

      Snacks provided.

       

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    5. 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.

    6. James Bond Film Festival–Shirlington
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      With Every Actor to Play Bond on the Big Screen

      Films will be shown at the Shirlington Branch Library on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.

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      Vote for your favorite Bond after every film, and enter to win tickets to the 2014 Lit Up Ball. Ticket winners will be announced Oct. 15. Screenings in Chronological Order by Actor

    7. Drop-in Storytime: Family Storytime–Central
      6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      All ages. 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 for inclement weather.

  3. Sep
    10
    Wed
    1. Drop-in Storytime: Baby Steps–Shirlington
      10:00 am – 10:30 am

      For ages 1 year and under.

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

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

    2. 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.

       

    3. Drop-In Storytime en español : Cuentos Para Niños–Columbia Pike
      10:30 am – 11:00 am

      Cuentos para niños! Programa en español para todas las edades.

      Lectura de cuentos, canciones y manualidades. No se requiere registro para este programa.

      Stories for Children! is a Spanish storytime for all ages.

      The program uses a mixture of stories, songs and crafts. There is no registration required for this program. Seating is first-come, first-served until capacity is reached.

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

    4. Drop-In Storytime: Over Twos–Westover
      10:30 am – 11:00 am

      For ages 25 months through 5 years.

      No registration required. Seating on first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

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

    5. Drop-in Storytime: Stop In for Stories–Central
      10:30 am – 11:00 am

      For ages up to 5 years. 

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached. Please check in at Youth Services desk.

      Call 703-228-5946 for more information.

      For safety, all Library programs for children are canceled on days when Arlington Public Schools are closed due to bad weather.

    6. Drop-in Storytime: Stop In for Stories–Central
      11:15 am – 11:45 am

      For ages up to 5 years. 

      No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached. Please check in at Youth Services desk.

      Call 703-228-5946 for more information.

      For safety, all Library programs for children are canceled on days when Arlington Public Schools are closed due to bad weather.

    7. 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.

       

    8. Homework Club for Middle Schoolers–Columbia Pike
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Middle school students use study spaces reserved just for them

      The library will supply basic school and project supplies.

       

    9. Back to School Bash for Teens–Westover
      3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      Start the School Year Right

      You have your binders and books. Now it’s time to decorate them! Come party with us and start the school year with an artistic twist.

    10. French Conversation Class–Columbia Pike
      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      A new group practice for those learning French.

      Sessions are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Columbia Pike Branch Library.

    11. Kids Read to Dogs: “Paws to Read”–Shirlington
      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 703-228-6545.

    12. Drop-in Storytime: Family Storytime–Glencarlyn
      6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      All ages. 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 for inclement weather.

    13. 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.

       

    14. 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 in Auditorium–”A Place at the Table,” a documentary about hunger in the United States
      • 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”