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Spring Book Sale!

Friends of the Arlington Library is inviting you to the Spring Book Sale!

May 1 – 4, 2014 at Arlington Central Library parking garage Screen shot 2013-07-29 at 11.11.22 AM

Thursday, May 1, 5:30 – 9pm FOAL Members Only (membership available at the door)

Friday, May 2, 10am – 6pm open to all

Saturday, May 3,  10am – 6pm open to all

Sunday, May 4,  12pm – 6pm open to all – Half price day!

Volunteers needed! Questions?

Contact us at arlington.booksale@yahoo.com or (703) 228-5990.

2014 Featured Author Event – Richard Ford

April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Richard Ford will be interviewed at Central Library Auditorium by Jeffrey Brown of the “PBS NewsHour.”

His “Independence Day” was the first book ever awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction. His Arlington Reads featured title, “The Sportswriter,” established and shared with “Independence Day” the yearning, anguished “everyman” character Frank Bascombe for an eventual trilogy.

Richard Ford

Richard Ford

Admission and parking are free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2014 Featured Author Event – Ann Beattie

April 10, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Ann Beattie will be on stage for a conversation with Library Director Diane Kresh  at Arlington Central Library Auditorium.

Ann Beattie’s Arlington Reads featured title, “The New Yorker Stories,” collects legendary works from the previous four decades for which she won the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form and the Rea Award for the Short Story.

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Ann Beattie

Admission and parking are free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Save the date! Spring Book Sale

Spring 2014 Book Sale

Thursday, May 1 – Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Arlington Central Library parking garage.

Opening night is for Friends members only. Membership is available for purchase at the door. Thousands of books, videos, CDs, records, posters and magazines for sale.

Puzzle Festival Moved to Reed Gymnasium in Westover

Due to a planned Dominion Power disruption on Saturday, November 2, the 2013 Arlington Puzzle Festival has been moved to the Reed School gymnasium, adjacent to the Westover Branch Library.

Reed School Gymnasium
1644 N. McKinley Rd, Arlington VA 22205

 

 

Save the date! Arlington Puzzle Festival

Friends of the Arlington Public Library invite you to the upcoming Annual Arlington Puzzle Festival!

Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:

Reed Gymnasium
1644 N. McKinley Rd, Arlington VA
Next to the Westover Branch Library
The Puzzle Festival will NOT take place at Central Library because of a planned Dominion Power disruption.

Puzzle Festival Highlights:

  • Crossword puzzle tournament
  • Sudoku tournament
  • Octo competition
  • Workshops
  • Games and puzzles for all ages

Participation is free for current members of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, with a suggested donation of $15 for non-members. All proceeds support Library programs and initiatives, and the development of the Library’s collection.

Take a look at pictures from last year’s festival. You can also see a list of the winners from 2012.

The Eight-Thirteen Ball is less than 2 days away!

The Eight-Thirteen Ball is this Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Artisphere: 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA

Do you still need tickets? You can buy them online or at the door by cash or check only.

Getting in: Make sure to bring your Eight-Thirteen Ball ticket-purchase confirmation email to the Ball.

Going out to eat? Café Asia of Rosslyn is offering 10% off dinner for Eight-Thirteen Ball ticket holders, from Sept. 28 – Oct. 5. Participants must bring their ticket, and alcohol is not included in the discount.

Getting to the Artisphere: The nearest Metro station is Rosslyn, and there is free parking (with validation from the Artisphere) in the neighborhood. Learn more: http://www.artisphere.com/visit.aspx#parking

Silent Auction: Get ready to bid on lots of cool items: Jewelry, Nats tickets, cool books, gift cards from The Dairy Godmother and Gossip, autographed Caps hockey pucks and Wizards photos, and much more…

Cocktails: If you’d like to purchase alcoholic beverages, please remember to bring your ID and a credit or debit card.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fall Book Sale!

Friends of the Arlington Library is inviting you to the Fall Book Sale!

September 26 – 29, 2013 at Arlington Central Library parking garage Screen shot 2013-07-29 at 11.11.22 AM

Thursday, Sept 26, 5:30 – 9pm FOAL Members Only (membership available at the door)

Friday, Sept 27, 10am – 6pm open to all

Saturday, Sept 28,  10am – 6pm open to all

Sunday, Sept 29,  12pm – 6pm open to all – Half price day!

Volunteers needed! Questions?

Contact us at arlington.booksale@yahoo.com or (703) 228-5990.

September 28, 2013: Eight-Thirteen Ball

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Benefitting the Friends of the Arlington Public Library and the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Initiative

September 28 - 8pm to 11pm @ The Artisphere – 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA

Enjoy a night out to celebrate literature and support literacy in our community.  The Eight-Thirteen Ball is a literary-themed fancy dress social event created to raise money for the Friends of the Arlington Public Library program called “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten”, which was launched in April 1, 2013.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new early literacy initiative to encourage families, teachers, childcare providers and librarians to read with children from birth and beyond.

The Eight-Thirteen Ball was named for the Dewey Decimal Classification for American Fiction.  This year, the theme is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and 1920’s attire is being encouraged.

Highlights of the evening will include: Jazz orchestra performing 1920’s music, Dance instructors teaching era-appropriate dances, and Canapés reminiscent of the time.

Interested in donating something to the Eight-Thirteen Ball silent auction to benefit 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? Contact us!

On June 18th, 2013, Will Schwalbe visit.

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Will Schwalbe Visits FOAL!

On June 18th, 2013, Will Schwalbe spoke at the Friends of the Arlington Library’s (FOAL) annual meeting held at the Arlington Library Main branch. The author spoke about his second book entitled “The End of Your Life Book Club” which chronicles the time spent with his dying mother and their love for reading. Schwalbe spoke about his mother and his experiences writing the book. At the end he answered questions from the audience.

Entertainment Weekly and BookPage named the memoir a Best Book of the Year.

Schwalbe is co-author of “Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.”

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