Now that Mr. Berry has returned to Kentucky – and we’ve had a chance to recover from the excitement of his visit – we want to sincerely thank everyone who made the 2010 Arlington Reads program such a success.

From the Library staff who worked extra hard bringing these programs together, to our community partners such as Martin Ogle at Potomac Outlook and volunteers like Beth Lewis who designed out Arlington Reads 2010 logo, to all the people who traveled from far and wide to attend or take part in our events  – we could not have achieved such a great program without you.

As Library Director Diane Kresh wrote in her blog,

“It has taken us five tries to get here, but with last night’s event we have finally created the Arlington Reads community that we have sought. It just took the right topic, the right persons, the right audiences, and the right time. Last night was absolutely Mr. Berry’s, but both he and Novella Carpenter have helped launch us on this path to transformative civic engagement.

It’s now up to us to look within ourselves and find the means to take the conversations we have been having during this season of Arlington Reads and pursue sustainable actions for the betterment of the whole community of Arlington.”

Let’s keep the conversation going – let us know what you’re thinking about going forward, or whether you learned anything new from this year’s Arlington Reads programs.

If you missed either author, you can watch the video of Novella Carpenter and Wendell Berry online.  AVN – the Arlington Virginia Network on Comcast/xfinity 25 & Verizon 40 – will also be showing “A Conversation with Wendell Berry” on Wednesday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you next year  for Arlington Reads 2011.