Monthly Archives: February 2021

Red Letter Poem #48

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. “When you die, God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in life that you denied yourself.”  My wife cut out this anonymous quote from … Continue reading

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George Franklin Grant, Black History Month, and Arlington

Dr. George Franklin Grant, Arlington Heights resident,  invented the golf tee in 1899, a lesser-known fact in Arlington history.   George Franklin Grant was an Arlington resident in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the first African American professor … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #47

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. If you’re not familiar with the work of Afaa Michael Weaver – award-winning poet, fiction writer, educator, and soon-to-be memoirist – you might want to dive right in to the three … Continue reading

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Together We Read Book Club

Attention Overdrive/Libby users! From now until February 24, you can read Kate Clayborn’s contemporary romance Love Lettering with no waiting as part of the Together We Read Book Club. The Minuteman Library Network joins nearly 16,000 public libraries and tens … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #46

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. s e x, of course – the ever-present siren-song of our physicality, that’s one element.  Love, absolutely – our need for deep connection, in all its wildly-inventive incarnations.  And it involves the act … Continue reading

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So Sweet!

This month we asked our librarians for their favorite sweet themed titles! (Remember, sweet titles & settings doesn’t always mean sweet content!) Here are their responses: Kids: Not an Alphabet Book: The Case of the Missing Cake by Eoin McLaughlin … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #45

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. “We’re considered blow-ins,” my Irish friend once explained (the image being that of dried leaves carried in on a random breeze) “because we’ve only lived in Sligo for forty years.”  It took me … Continue reading

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Arlington Reads Together: Events and Discussions

The Arlington Reads Together community read program launched in 2003 as a way of bringing Arlington together through literature. Last summer, the ART selection committee chose Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Dr. Beverly … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice Retellings

There is no better time than the depths of winter to watch (or re-watch) the 5-hour BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. But did you know that there are also approximately a billion book adaptations, spinoffs, and … Continue reading

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Robbins Library and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create New “Elevating Arlington’s Voices of Color” Collection

As Arlington and the nation grapple with our history of systemic racism and structural inequity, the Robbins Library and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are creating a new collection to give voice to the experiences of people of … Continue reading

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