Looking for hot summer reading suggestions?
This list is full of great books for your summer getaway – or your weekend on the couch.
Don’t forget to tag and share your #LibraryBooksInTheWild.
Any time you go somewhere interesting with a library item – whether you’re reading on vacation, carrying an American Girl Doll to the grocery store, digging in your garden with a hand rake, or playing board games in the living room with friends – snap a photo and share it on your social media account with the hashtag #LibraryInTheWild or #LibraryBooksInTheWild.
By using these hashtags, you’ll show the people in your circles that you’re a proud library user – and you may even inspire them to do the same thing.
And if your social media account settings allow, we’ll be able to find your photos when we search the hashtags, and we can share them or add them on Storify.
The County Board will honor two volunteers on Tuesday, April 25 as the 2016 recipients of the Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award.
An ardent supporter of Arlington’s natural resources, Yu-hsin Hsu has volunteered with Long Branch Nature Center, the Arlington Central Library pollinator garden, the Natural Resources Management Unit and Arlington Regional Master Naturalists.
Yu-hsin became a volunteer in our gardens in early spring 2016. At that time, she happened to pass by the Library’s native pollinator garden, where she saw a staff member weeding. She offered to help, and has not stopped helping since – eventually taking over the care of the pollinator garden. (This garden is particularly special to Central Library staff, as it was created and nurtured by former coworker Lynn Kristianson, who died in 2015.)
Margaret Brown, Central Services Division Chief at the Library says of Yu-hsin: “She brings to the garden a spunky energy and perseverance, as well as a similar passion for educating others about the critical importance of pollinators and native plants. She is tireless in her efforts and selfless in her generosity.”
At Long Branch Nature Center, Yu-hsin has been invaluable as a Saturday animal care volunteer since fall 2013, logging about 160 hours and freeing up weekend staff to attend to visitor contact and other activities as well as directing other animal care volunteers in their tasks. In addition to animal care, Yu-hsin helps with invasive exotic plant removals and preparing for twice-yearly native plant sales at the center.
The final piece of Yu-hsin volunteering trifecta is her work with the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resources Management Unit, educating and involving children in the Remove Invasive Plants (RiP) program, volunteering at the native plant nursery, and with habitat restoration projects. She has also helped inventory County plants and animals through the annual National Geographic Bioblitz, and engages in other conservation and outreach activities through the Master Naturalist Program.
We live in interesting times.
Please be assured that Arlington Public Library remains committed to being a welcoming place that accepts all comers regardless of backgrounds, beliefs, origin, income status, and appearance.
We will continue to embrace inclusion and diverse points of view.
We will continue to inspire, to tickle your passion, to quench your thirst to know.
We will encourage you to ask why and why not?
We will continue to be a wellspring for ideas, for conversation, for disagreement, for enlightenment.
We will continue to educate and to provoke.
We will continue to create opportunities for increased understanding: of our world, of our community and of each other.
We will continue to honor truth and fairness, social justice and compassion.
We will stand up for each other and ask that bullies stand down.
We will do all of this as we have always done:
We may live in interesting times and we will be there for you.
Director, Arlington County Public Library
We champion the power of stories, information and ideas.
We create space for culture and connection.
We embrace inclusion and diverse points of view.