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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.

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Did you miss Novella’s appearance at Arlington Central Library last Thursday?

Now you can watch the video online – Windows Media Player required.

Novella also kindly accepted – and modeled – our Arlington Reads 2010 “Dirt + Seed + Water = Life” T-shirt. We think she looks great!

Join us at the Central Library Auditorium on Saturday, April 17 for a work-in-progress screening of Cintia Cabib‘s documentary “A Community of Gardeners.”

The documentary explores the vital role of seven community gardens in Washington, D.C., not only as sources of fresh, nutritious food, but as outdoor classrooms, places of healing, centers of social interaction, and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods.  The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with Cabib.

Join us for a community discussion of our featured Arlington Reads title, “The Memory of Old Jack,” – moderated by Georgetown professor, and Wendell Berry fan, Patrick Deneen – on Monday, April 19, 7 p.m., at the Library’s Central Auditorium. Food for this event has kindly been donated by our local Chipotle.

Founder of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of Modern Democracy, Professor Deneen also writes about technology, political theory and culture on his blog, What I Saw in America – read about his Afternoon With Wendell Berry.

If you can’t make it to the community discussion, you can still use our printable readers guide in your own book group.

Then return to Central Auditorium Tuesday, May 4, when Wendell Berry himself will join us for a discussion of his life’s work, and his vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil.

All Arlington Reads events free to the public – no reservations are required. For more information call 703-228-6321.

Come visit the Central Library for a first-hand look at what it takes to create an urban vegetable garden.

The Library is partnering with a variety of community organizations and agencies to plant and cultivate a vegetable garden at its back entrance. The produce we grow will eventually benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) (check out AFAC’s Plot Against Hunger site to find more information about their program).

In addition to AFAC, our garden partners include:

If you would like to volunteer to help maintain the garden, please contact Puwen Lee at puwen.lee@afac.org or call 703-845-8486.

Both AFAC and the Library will post photos of the garden’s progress through spring, summer and fall, so check back regularly!

How well do you Know What You Eat?

People in Arlington and around the country are increasingly involved in growing and harvesting their own food, and care-taking their land. Using short interviews, we’re gathering people’s  experiences in beekeeping, gardening and more (click to continue reading).

Do you have a ‘Know What You Eat’ practice of your own? We’d love to hear all about it!

  1. What do you do?
  2. When did you start, and why?
  3. What’s the best thing about doing it?
  4. What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned?
  5. Any advice for someone who wants to start doing the same thing?

Add your experience in the comments below!

Welcome to Arlington Reads, the Arlington Public Library’s One Community – One Book program.

We are delighted to present literary legend and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry as this year’s featured author and guest speaker. We will be reading Mr. Berry’s  “The Memory of Old Jack”, and the author will join us on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m., to discuss his life’s work and his vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil.

This year’s Arlington Reads events also include a community book discussion, an ‘Eating Local’ panel discussion, film screenings, a beekeeping workshop for kids, and more:

Would you like to join us in reading “The Memory of Old Jack”? Here’s how to get your copy:

Have you savored “The Memory of Old Jack”? Did you laugh your way through “Farm City”?

Do you find yourself hungry for more great writing on food, farming and sustainable eating?

Luckily, we’ve compiled a whole list of addition books for your further reading pleasure!

Click here to see full list of recommended reads

Welcome to Arlington Reads, the Arlington Public Library’s One Community-One Book program, aimed to promote thoughtful dialogue and the joy of reading throughout our community.

For 2010 we are delighted to present literary legend and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry as our featured author and guest speaker. We will be reading Mr. Berry’s “The Memory of Old Jack,” originally written in 1974, and just as resonant today as when it was first published.

Mr. Berry – who declared “eating is an agricultural act” and inspired today’s movement toward safer, healthier, locally produced meals and sustainable living – will join us on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m., to discuss his life’s work and his vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil.  Get the Full Arlington Reads Events Schedule.

Would you like to join us in reading “The Memory of Old Jack”? Here’s how to get your copy:

Find previous Arlington Reads titles.

Arlington Reads is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.

Winners of Wendell Berry’s “The Memory of Old Jack,” the Arlington Reads 2010 featured title, can now pick up their copy at the Central Library Reference Desk.

Forgot to  enter? Didn’t win? You can still get the book:

Wendell Berry will speak at Central Library on May 4, so you’ll be able to get your copy signed too. A community book discussion of “The Memory of Old jack” will take place at Central Library on April 19.

Arlington Reads is sponsored by the generosity of The Friends of the Arlington Public Library.friends-logo


The Arlington Public Library's Arlington Reads 2010 program is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

Events

Wendell Berry

Author Talk with Wendell Berry, Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Community Book Discussion, Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Novella Carpenter, Author of "Farm City," Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m.

"Food, Inc." Screening, Wednesday, April 7 6:30 p.m.

"Fast Food Nation" Screening, Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

"A Community of Gardeners" Screening, Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m.

"How to Cook Your Life" Screening, Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.

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