Central Library: Groundbreaking May 31


The new George W. Hawkes Central Library will take another step toward the future on Tuesday, May 31, when the City of Arlington officially breaks ground on the project. City officials, Library Board members, and library staff will be present to celebrate the beginning of the construction journey. A reception will follow on-site. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 […]

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SYNC Audiobooks for Teens


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. The 2016 season is May 5 – August 17, 2016. SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles – two paired audiobook downloads a week! The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, kicks off its seventh year with an exciting lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors. Starting May 5, […]

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Get Ready for Summer Reading Club

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Every year, the Arlington Public Library presents Summer Reading Club, which celebrates reading, literacy, and summer fun! All ages can participate by tracking what they read and attending library events over the summer. For students, Summer Reading Club is a great way to fight against learning loss that can happen when school is out. Last year, 8,431 people tracked their […]

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

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It is time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things. April 10 – 16 is National Volunteer Week! The Arlington Public Library System depends on hundreds of volunteers to provide great service to our community. Last year, we were lucky to have 715 volunteers donate 31,095 hours of their time — this is equivalent to $415,465.68. Here are just some of […]

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Graphic Novels as Teaching Tools?

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Comic books have gotten a bad rap for just about as long as they have existed. Many think they are childish, lower works of art – all bright colors and little substance. Not only that, but there are so many – how can anything that is so prolifically produced be any good, and if there is something good, how can […]

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Learn a language in 5 months!


It takes the average learner 50 hours to complete one level of a chosen language with the Rosetta Stone Library Solution. If you set aside five 30-minute sessions per week, the average learner would complete a level of their learning in only 20 weeks. Best Practices & Tips: Practice a little bit every day Rosetta Stone recommends 30 minutes in the program a day to keep […]

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James Madison, A Life Reconsidered, by Lynne Cheney

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The cornerstone of America is the Constitution and the accompanying Bill of Rights, the words written because of the amazing effort of James Madison. The document was written despite the dissent from the Congressional members: each individual in Congress representing a state with special problems and needs to match. Imagine standing in an airy congressional chamber, bickering evident, sometimes over […]

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