Dear queer gamers! Rainbow Rumble is on Monday!


Get those thumbs ready.  Monday night is the Rainbow Rumble (in which we have a tournament style video game night with pizza and new friends). Very exciting.  Winner gets a  super tiny Teacup Pomeranian just like Paris Hilton our everlasting admiration and the pleasure of our company.  18+ event.

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Game Night is September 30!

What better time for board games than a crisp fall evening?

Everyone aged 13 and up is welcome to our monthly board game night held in the Robbins Library Community Room. We’re set up by 6pm, but come anytime! Gaming goes until 8:45. We have several games to choose from, but participants usually bring some of their own too, so you never know what new game you’ll get to try!

We hope to see you on the 30th!


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NaNoWriMo 2014

nano_12_new_Come_Write_In_Logo1Hellooooooo WriMos!

September will be over before you know it, and October is always a busy month. Blink a few times and it’ll be November…which means National Novel Writing Month!

For the third year in a row, the library is throwing open its doors (metaphorically – November’s usually pretty chilly around these parts) and inviting local WriMos to “Come Write In.”

This year we have twelve (12) Write Ins scheduled. Download our 2014 Write In calendar here: 2014-11_ARL_NaNoWriMoCalendar [PDF], or see below.

Mondays 6-9pm in the Community Room

Wednesdays 9am-noon in the Conference Room (11/12 in the Community Room)

Fridays 9am-noon in the Conference Room

Write Ins are a great time to focus on your novel, meet other writers, use the library’s resources, and of course get a free NaNoWriMo bookmark. Check out this word count calendar as well – it’ll help you keep track of your word count throughout the month. Visit the official NaNoWriMo site as well, and remember to check out the Regional Forum.

Stay tuned for more!

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Tonight! QBG / Social has 2 queer web series just for you.

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Tonight!  Watch some funny internet TV with us!  We’ll be screening the very queer     Hudson Valley Ballers and f to 7th on Wed., Sept. 24 at 7PM.

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Banned Books Week display now featuring teen art

bannedbooksteenartArlington High School students have created some beautiful banned book art to add to the display here at the library. This photo doesn’t do them justice – you have to come see for yourself! So far there is one piece of art each for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and 1984 by George Orwell.

Remember, everyone is welcome to contribute to the Banned Books Week display by re-imagining a cover design for a book that has been banned or challenged. We have some blank index cards on the display table, just waiting for your ideas to color them in! Read more about the Banned Book Trading Card project here.

bannedbooksjarMany of you have already celebrated your freedom to read by filling up the Books Change Lives jar. It’s not too late to add the name of an author or book that meant a lot to you – the display will be up through the end of this month.

Thanks again to the AHS students who contributed their art to this display!

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Get cracking on that memoir

writeWhether you’re considering writing about your life, your family’s history, houses you’ve lived in, or pets you’ve loved, here’s your chance to start putting your words on paper, receive feedback and guidance on your work, and have your writing questions answered. Writing Memoir and Family History with Lynette Benton will take place on the first four Wednesdays in October.  The workshop is limited to 12, and class will take place in the Conference Room, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Register for this free class here.  Feel free to bring writing to read aloud and get comments on to the first class.

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Arlington Book Festival – November 1, 2014

arlington book fest_final_color_croppedmoreIf you live in Arlington, there’s a good chance your next-door neighbor is an author. This is our hypothesis based on the overwhelming number of applications received for the first-ever Arlington Book Festival, to be held at the Robbins Library on Saturday, November 1. Official sponsors are the Friends of the Robbins Library and The Book Rack.

Free and open to all, the festival will be a celebration of local authors and their work, and an opportunity for anyone who’s interested to learn about the writing and publishing process. Local authors’ books will be made available for sale by The Book Rack. And headlining the event is Arlingtonian author Steve Almond, a man brave enough to speak in public about his new book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.

An overview of the day:  from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., we’ll host eight 50-minute moderated panel discussions on a variety of topics related to writing and publishing. Panel discussions will be held in the Robbins Library Reading Room and in the Community Room.  At 3 p.m., Mr. Almond will give his talk in the Community Room, entitled There’s Murder In That Game: Steve Almond Tackles Football, America’s Biggest Sacred Cow.

Panel Discussion Schedule in Brief:

Authoring Children’s Books  / Reading Room
Art of Writing Memoirs / Community Room

New Pathways to Publishing / Reading Room
Writing on the Subject of Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health / Community Room

Doing Research for Your Writing / Reading Room
The Importance of Community Connections for Authors / Community Room

Story Craft / Reading Room
Promoting Your Work / Community Room

Keep checking the blog and our online calendar for details as plans evolve.  We hope to see you on Saturday, November 1st!


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