Arlington County’s Energy Lending Library program has received the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2017 Achievement Award.
From the County Press Release:
The Connection: Crystal City—Pop-up Branch Library will be open through June 2018, thanks to an agreement reached between Arlington County and landlord JBG Smith.
“The Connection has proven to be an innovative and popular space for the Crystal City community,” Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz said. “Thanks to JBG for partnering with us to keep the pop-up branch library open through June 2018. When the business community and the government work together, the community benefits.”
The County opened the pop-up library at 2100 Crystal Drive in September 2016, with an initial operating term due to end in December of this year. It offers books, audio visual materials, games and tech access, along with community meeting space, workshops, book groups and other gatherings, including art exhibits. The goal was to meet patrons where they live and work in a low-cost way. Since its debut, the library has enlivened Crystal City Shops at 2100, 2117 Crystal Plaza Arcade and garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the community.
“The revitalization of Crystal City is a top priority for JBG Smith,” said Andrew VanHorn, Executive Vice President of Development at JBG Smith. “The Connection is a prime example of the place-making efforts we are employing throughout the area, in that we are finding creative ways to provide value and utilize space. It has been especially rewarding to be able to work closely with Arlington County to provide a service that Crystal City residents and neighbors both need and enjoy.”
JBG will continue to provide the 1,222 sq. ft. of space that The Connection occupies rent-free. Beginning in January 2018, JBG also will be responsible for The Connection’s share of common area maintenance expenses, real estate taxes and electricity associated with the space the pop-up library occupies in the 2100 Crystal Drive Center.
Learn more about The Connection.
Due to routine upgrades, our public computers may be unavailable at the following locations on these dates:
|Tuesday, July 25||Shirlington Branch Library|
|Wednesday, July 26||Aurora Hills Branch Library|
|Friday, July 28||Central Library|
|Tuesday, Aug. 1||Columbia Pike Branch Library|
|Wednesday, Aug. 2||Cherrydale Branch Library|
|Wednesday, Aug. 2||Glencarlyn Branch Library|
|Tuesday, Aug. 8||Westover Branch Library|
We apologize for the downtime.
Submit Your Creation for the 5th Annual LEGO Exhibit
Open to LEGO builders age 18 and under, as well as teams that include at least one member under 18.
Submission Deadline: Sunday, Aug. 27
Exhibit: September 1 – 30
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following included:
- Photo and name of your entry
- Description and dimensions of your entry
- Name and age of individual builder or team members
- Name(s) and age(s) of builder(s)
- Address and phone number
- School attending in Fall 2017
- Preferred location(s) for display: Central Library, Aurora Hills Branch, Cherrydale Branch, Columbia Pike Branch, Shirlington Branch, Westover Branch, or the Connection: Crystal City Pop-up Library. We will do our best to honor location requests, but may not be able to do so given space limitations and size of entries.
- Entries must be ORIGINAL WORK. Instructions found in a book or online may be followed, but no entries built from commercial kits will be accepted.
- Entries must fit on a 10×10″ baseplate. Please check with your local branch about height requirements.
- Selected entries must be delivered to the assigned Library location for September 2017 exhibit, with name and description on a 5×7″ card.
Summer Reading is a fun for everyone!
Summer Reading helps kids and teens avoid “summer slide,” and reintroduces them to the joy of reading for pleasure. It gives parents and kids an excuse to read or listen to books together, and it gives adults a reason to explore new books and authors.
How Summer Reading Works
- Register Online Starting June 3 – Children 12 and under register with a parent or guardian’s permission.
- Track your reading – Use the online Summer Reading site or your printed reading log.
- Claim fun prizes
- Get optional weekly book recs (for kids age 0-12).
- Kick-Off – Saturday, June 3
- Last Day to Sign Up – Saturday, Aug. 19
- End of Summer Ice Cream Party (grade 6-12) – Wednesday, Aug. 16
- Summer Reading Ends (Last Day to Pick Up Prizes) – Sunday, Sept. 10
Our age appropriate storytimes are designed to help you to help your child learn reading readiness, or Early Literacy.
- No registration required – attendance is first-come, first-served until seating capacity is reached. Call 703-228-5946 for more information.
- Reminder – On days when Arlington Public Schools or Parks are closed because of bad weather, all Library Kids Events are also cancelled.
Looking Back 100 Years Through Words and Pictures
While often in the shadow of the war that would follow, World War I saw conflict on a global scale: 17 million people were killed and large swaths of Europe’s landscape still bears visible scars.
The Great War saw the end of empires, and birthed the modern age, and at the end, it marked the entrance of the United States as a major player on the world stage. The crucible of World War I not only forged military leaders who would make their name in the next war, but also a generation of writers now firmly enshrined in the English-language canon.
Events at the Library
- Wednesday, June 21 – “America and the Great War” – Author talk with Margaret Wagner
- Thursday, Sept. 14 – “War Against War” – Author talk with Michael Kazin
Explore the Library Collection
There can be no way to showcase all of this history in a single booklist, so we’ve started with a World War I Overview, mixing fiction and nonfiction, and covering broad topics, trends and regions in order to present the best introduction our collection can offer.
But these titles are just a small selection of the Library’s collection on World War I. You can find more of our lists in the catalog by searching “World War I Collection Spotlight.”
You can also explore World War I in pictures and letters through our featured exhibit in the Center for Local History’s online Community Archive.
We will add more booklist topics throughout the year as we continue to commemorate and remember the war’s 100th anniversary.
Homepage image from the Center for Local History, 230-6659 Car Hit by Shell, June 1918.