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Agenda

  1. Nov
    22
    Sat
    1. Alex Braden: Sound Installation–Westover
      Nov 22 (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. 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. Teen Volunteer Fair for Grades 6-12–Central
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      For young people grades 6-12

      Come to the Arlington Teen Volunteer Fair and meet representatives from a wide variety of organizations that can offer valuable experience and need assistance from teens like you.

      Learn how you can make a difference!

      Presented in partnership with the Arlington Teen Network Board and Volunteer Arlington.

    6. 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.

    7. Public Art Reception–Westover
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Sights & Sounds of Arlington

      Come celebrate the Sights and Sounds of Arlington and meet artist, Rick Black, of Turtlelight Press.

      Join us for a reception and then stay to enjoy Mr. Black’s works on the walls of the Westover Branch Library, many of which reflect the community directly surrounding the library, and one of the library itself.

      You’ll also want to take some time to wander through the library to experience Alex Braden’s sound art project, “Piece and Quiet,” composed of sounds the artist recorded around Arlington County in September.

      Several sets of notecards and one 8 x 10” print will be given away as door prizes.

       

      Learn more about Art Exhibits at the Library.

       

       

    8. Zumba for All Ages–Shirlington
      3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      Get fit

      Zumba slider 2

      Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving. It’ll get the blood pumping and get you warmed up fast!

      On the plaza outside the branch library.

       

       

       

  2. Nov
    23
    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 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.

  3. Nov
    24
    Mon
    1. Tech Class: Microsoft Excel 2010–Central
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Learn common uses of Microsoft Office spreadsheets and how to manage information.

      Learn to create worksheets; enter data; navigate toolbars; manipulate rows, columns and cells; use formulas and functions; and produce graphs.

      Prerequisites:  Basic computer and Microsoft Windows skills. Advance registration is not required.

       

    2. 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.

       

       

       

    3. 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.

       

    4. 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.

       

       

    5. Author Event: White House Photojournalist Dennis Brack on “Presidential Picture Stories”–Central
      7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

      Presidents can stay only eight years but veteran photojournalists like Dennis Brack have spent decades documenting First Family life and fresh history in the White House “fishbowl.”

      Having created a museum’s worth of images for the Black Star agency, Brack has now written the book on his craft, “Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House.”RONALD AND NANCY REAGAN AT SANTA BARBARA RANCH

      Packed with historic photos and filled with stories from dozens of acclaimed colleagues, Brack charts a history that goes back to Matthew Brady and Lincoln–and shows how the most unforgettable shots are the result of that close and sometimes tense relationship between press and president.

      Dennis Brack is a former president of the White House News Photographers Association who averaged a picture per week in Time magazine for 23 years. He’ll speak at Central Library Auditorium on the joys and ordeals of such high-profile, high-pressure work.

      Obamas light treeFrom JFK to Barack Obama, Brack has known them all and can vouch for the unique temperament of the men and women President George H.W. Bush called his “photodogs.”

      And if there’s time, Brack just might share a non-presidential story or two. Like the time he staged a quick photo-shoot on a snowy National Mall, capturing John, Paul, George and Ringo just hours before their first-ever concert in America.

      Eisenhower, Reagans and Obamas photos all by Dennis Brack

       

    6. 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.

    7. Face-to-Face Chat with a County Board Member–Aurora Hills
      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  on federal holidays, in August, December, or on Fifth Mondays of the month. 

    8. Book Club: Monday Evening with Friends–Central
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      An informal discussion

       

      The titles:

      Sept. 22:                “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashell Hammett

      Oct. 27:                   “All That Is: A Novel” by James Salter

      Nov. 24:                   Group members will provide copies of poetry selections

      Dec. 15:                   “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

       

       

  4. Nov
    25
    Tue
    1. Book Club: Book Whisperers–Westover
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      The Westover book club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.

      Upcoming titles for discussion:

       

      Tuesday, July 22  at 7 p.m. — Mornings on Horseback” by David McCullough

      Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. – A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway

      Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. – ”Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948” by Madeleine Albright 

      Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. – ”The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain

      Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. – ”Triangle“ by David von Drehle

      Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. – The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

    2. 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.

  5. Nov
    26
    Wed
    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. Tech Help–Central
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      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.

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

       

    4. Homework Club for Middle and Elementary Schoolers–Columbia Pike
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Middle and elementary school students use study spaces reserved just for them

      The library will supply basic school and project supplies. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

      Estudiantes de primaria y secundaria estudian en áreas especiales para ellos. Menores de 11 años necesitan ser acompañados por una persona adulta.