GEAR Up for Robotics Tournament

What happens when budding young engineers are given a robot and a challenge? The GEAR Tournament aims to find out. GEAR, which stands for Get Excited About Robots, is a fast-paced robotics competition featuring NXT and EV3 LEGO Mindstorm robots. Small teams of players between 8-years-old and the eighth grade build and program these robots to accomplish challenging tasks. The […]

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Spring Break Story Bonanza has Events for All Ages

“Once upon a time…” These four simple words hold a multitude of possibilities. From March 11 through March 16, Arlington Public Library celebrates the art of storytelling with Spring Break Story Bonanza, 16 programs for a variety of ages.  These events are created to inspire and empower, as everyone is a storyteller. If you’ve ever described a dream, explained why […]

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Teens can Be the Source of Change during Teen Tech Week 2017

Arlington teens will be tuning in as the Arlington Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ from March 4 to 10. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, to raise awareness about how the Arlington Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning […]

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Get Ready for Summer Reading Club

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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LEGO Club brings LEGO builds to life!

LEGO Club

Have you ever wanted to do more with LEGOs than just build? You can take your creations beyond that! Arlington Public Library’s LEGO Club program offers STEAM-related, cross-curricular LEGO activities for ages 9-12. In LEGO Club you can: Connect your LEGO builds to a computer and make them move and make noise at your command! Write a story and then […]

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Start Coding Now!

Code is the computer language used to program your favorite apps and websites. Code can seem like a mystery that only those who know the most about computers can figure out. Thankfully, that’s not true! Thanks to user-friendly computer programs like Scratch and PencilCode, learning to code can be approachable and even fun. During March and April, the library will lead […]

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Cardboard Engineers

Imagination is the one and only supply children need to bring to the library’s upcoming Cardboard Engineers program series. Inspired by the creative and touching YouTube sensation “Caine’s Arcade,” librarian Chelsea Pemberton dreamed up a program that would give children the opportunity to build whatever their heart desired using cardboard, tape, and their own creativity. Caine built his own arcade […]

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Making a Difference through Mentorship

Every young adult needs someone who believes in them, someone who won’t give up, and someone who accepts them for who they are. Often, that someone is a mentor. A mentor is often defined as an experienced trusted adviser, or an influential senior sponsor or supporter. Mentors come in many forms – teachers, coaches, counselors, volunteers, friends, or in our case … […]

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A Librarian’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Teen Readers

Over the past year a committee of 11 librarians, including one of our very own, Morgan Brickey, read and nominated 181 different books which would appeal to teens who, for whatever reason, do not like to read. These books were wildly different! There were nonfiction titles about hero dogs and graphic novels about the human body to fiction books taking place in fantasy worlds […]

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