Monthly Archives: January 2013

Special Guest: Author Maryanne O’Hara

As we mentioned a few months ago, the Staff Picks book group will be reading Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara, and we are especially excited this month because the author will be joining us! (You can visit her website to learn … Continue reading

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February is Amnesty month at the library

February may be a short, dark month, but there’s a bright spot: it’s Fine Free Month here at the Arlington libraries. If you’ve been putting off your next library visit because of mounting fines, have no fear! During February Amnesty, … Continue reading

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The Pew, the library, and you

Last week, the Pew Internet Project released its latest report, Library Services in the Digital Age. Pew studies are very influential in the library and education fields, but what’s the story behind Pew reports and how might they be weathervanes … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is game night!

What better way to spend a cold winter evening than playing board games at the library? As always, we’ll have a variety of games on hand like Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island, chess, and Mahjong. But if you have a … Continue reading

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Awfully big thoughts for a Friday.

Want to feel both amazement and anxiety on a Friday?  Sure you do! What we’ve got at the Robbins: Stuff on Population Stuff on Human Evolution  

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Book Review: The Secret Life of Pronouns

I wanted to like this book, I really did. In the grand tradition of Bill Bryson’s “Mother Tongue” and Lynne Truss’ “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” I love books about words and how we use them. So a book about what … Continue reading

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Books to look for in 2013

I know we’ve just barely started the year, but I’m already looking ahead to books being released in the coming months. There are so many exciting things I want to read! Below I’ll share some of my most anticipated forthcoming … Continue reading

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How do you say…?

Have you ever had an argument – or “friendly discussion” – over the correct pronunciation of a word? While there may not be a right or wrong answer, you can find out if your preferred pronunciation of a given word … Continue reading

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Hiking books to die for

Though I’m a librarian surrounded by books, it’s sometimes hard to find books I really want to read.  But…as a dog lover, hiking enthusiast, and someone interested in New England lore, this book seemed like a natural choice.  What I … Continue reading

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A little light pollution. A lot of wonder.

If you can get past the very solemn “Moonlight Sonata” playing in the background, this is one cool time lapse video.  Basically, the International Space Station was taking trillions (my rock solid professional mathematical opinion) of photos as it was … Continue reading

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