Thanks to All the Players!
View the Results of the 2015 Friends of the Library’s Arlington Puzzle Festival:
Ward’s acclaimed 2013 memoir focuses on five young black men lost to drugs, accidents, murder and suicide in her small hometown of DeLisle, Miss. The dead include her younger brother, killed by a drunk driver.
“Time” magazine says “Men We Reaped” is [l]avishly endowed with literary craft and hard-earned wisdom. Ward, an English professor at Tulane University, won the 2011 National Book Award for her novel “Salvage the Bones.”
Now you can win a copy of “Men We Reaped.”
Use the comments space below to tell us in a few sentences what books best speak to you on race and the African American experience.
Winners will be contacted by March
18 20. Winning copies will be available for pick-up at Central Library.
On Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m., Arlington Reads 2015 featured fiction writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks at Central Library on her funny, powerful “Americanah,” named one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times.
Admission and parking are free for Arlington Reads events. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the authors’ books will also be sold the night of their appearances, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, Clarendon.
Arlington Reads is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.
Reading throughout the summer helps kids to explore new books and stories, and helps to maintain their reading-proficiency for when they go back to school in the fall. For Arlington young people, it’s become a celebrated Library-based tradition.
Registration remained virtually identical to the record levels of 2013, with 8,000 young people from preschool to high school signing up. That’s more than double the number of program registrations from 2007. This year everyone signed up for Summer Reading got to take home a large sky blue sign declaring their participation, making for many proud front lawns, porches and picture windows around Arlington.
For 2014, 3,378 young people met their summer goals, with preschoolers and elementary students reading at least 10 hours worth of books and middle and high schoolers reading at least four to 12 books. That’s at least 33, 780 hours for the younger readers since we’ve decided to use a time metric rather than the number of books read as in previous years. For the older readers, we’re still measuring by book and that means a minimum of 2,808 titles were read while we know a lot more were actually consumed. Voraciously.
In addition, the Library’s Youth Services team served up 52 special Summer Reading programs in the libraries, ranging from science and storytelling to teen t-shirt crafting.
On behalf of the students who completed Summer Reading goals, the Friends of the Arlington Public Library have donated $3,000 to the American Library Assocation Philippines Library Relief fund to help rebuild libraries and archives damaged last fall by Typhoon Haiyan.
Also part of Summer Reading: Two young Arlingtonians were big winners of the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest, with Arlington Public Library serving as a participating regional submission center. With the contest theme of “A Book That Shaped Me,” Ananda Kalukin, a 10-year-old home-schooler, won the 1st Place Grand Prize and was also the Virginia State Winner, writing about “Bird Songs Bible” by Les Beletsky. Caroline Antonipillai, a fifth grader at Arlington Science Focus School, won 3rd Place Grand Prize and was a Virginia State Finalist, writing about “Matilda” by Roald Dahl. The grand prize winners got to read their essays in a ceremony at the Library of Congress in October.
Another annual tradition: The entire Summer Reading program was made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Arlington Public Library. The Friends are always there for the Library and that’s something we count on year round.
This year’s summer readers helped raise over $3000 to help the Philippines rebuild libraries and archives damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013. For every participant who completed the program once, the Friends of the Arlington Public Library donated to the ALA Philippines Library Relief fund.
Congratulations to Ellie, the Cherrydale Branch Library’s winner!
Schulte was guest speaker at the 2014 Friends of the Arlington Public Library Annual Meeting on June 5 at Central Library. In honor of her appearance, the Friends added five more copies of the much-in-demand “Overwhelmed” to the Library collection.
HD video of the event was produced by our friends at Arlington TV.
On Tuesday, April 1, every book in the Cherrydale Friends of the Library Book Sale is just 5 cents.
The Totally Foolish Booksale is for one day only, and only at the Cherrydale Branch Library.
5 pennies for one book, one nickle per book – that’s 5 books for a quarter!
Cherrydale is open today from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. – we hope to see you, and your nickels, there. Because we really, really want to sell all these books:
Thanks to Arlington Public Library customers paying fines from Nov. 2 through 9, more than $1,000 will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. With the Friends of Arlington Public Library generously contributing 10 cents for each dollar paid off, the total take in fines was nearly twice that of a “usual” week.
Staff at Central Library and the branches also report a hearty collection of non-perishables in the AFAC food bins placed throughout the system.
With the holidays approaching, the food and funds will no doubt provide a bit more happiness to those in need around Arlington.
Thank you for caring.
Seventy puzzle-loving people showed up at the Reed School Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 2, to take part in the third annual Arlington Puzzle Festival.
Participants filled out coded name tags, solved crossword, Sudoku and Octo puzzles, learned about Mensa and “puzzle hunts” and experimented with “Slitherlink.” And at the end of the day they tackled the Jeopardy style feedback form, in which the answers were provided, but the questions had to be filled in (one answer was “Iocaine Powder,” which we’re fairly certain was not actually part of the festival…).
Special thanks go out to Doug Gardener, for organizing an other excellent Puzzle Festival, The Friends of the Arlington Public Library for sponsoring the event, and Arlington Public Schools for hosting us on short notice in the Reed School Gymnasium.
You can pay fines at any Library location – use your credit or debit card at the self-checkout station, or pay with cash, check or credit/debit at the Library service desk. You can also pay your fines online, from your Library account.
You can still help support AFAC! Bring food donations to any Library location between Nov. 2 – 9, and place them in the tall cardboard donation boxes.
In particular, AFAC needs the following items:
For 25 years, AFAC has distributed groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs.
Thanks to a talented volunteer, the Columbia Pike Branch Library’s Friends Book Sale area has been reorganized and relabeled, with an eye-catching new sign.
Tatiana, who worked with Library staff and the Friends to create the new Book Sale sign, also volunteers at Columbia Pike’s Sunday Job Seeker Lab, and helped design and build the Friends of the Arlington Public Library’s new website.
Thank you, Tatiana!
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