All Arlington Reads 2010 events are free to the public. No reservations are required. We encourage arriving early as seats may fill quickly. The Novella Carpenter and Wendell Berry events will be videotaped for future broadcast and web-streaming.

Juried Art Exhibition: The Art of Food
April 1-April 30
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.
View our online gallery of the exhibit

Bee in the Know! – for kids
Saturday, April 3 11:00 a.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium 1015 N. Quincy St.
An entertaining, informative program for elementary children about bees and beekeeping. Come learn how bees make honey, and then make a bee-autiful craft to take home!

Film Screening: “Food, Inc.” [2008]
Wednesday, April 7 6:30 p.m.
Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave.
The Oscar-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.” looks at the corporate-controlled global food industry and its effect on the producers and consumers.

Planting Time! – for kids
Friday, April 9 10:00 a.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium 1015 N. Quincy St.
A storytime for preschool children and their caregivers. Listen to garden stories and songs, then plant a seed to start your own garden.

Panel Discussion: Eating Local
Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m.
Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave.
A panel of area farmers and naturalists will look at simple ways to eats foods that are safer, healthier and geared to the bounty of each season. It’s all part of the sustainable, consumer-supported agriculture movement that has built a following in groceries and restaurants around Arlington. Moderator: Samuel Fromartz, author of “Organic Inc.Panel: Hiu Newcomb, co-founder of Potomac Vegetable Farms (an organic/eco-ganic CSA and active in area farmers markets); Matt Szechenyi, owner of Briar’s Farmstead (pasture raised beef, pork, chicken and turkey); Rob Miller, owner, Distillery Lane Ciderworks: (heirloom apples for cider-making and eating); Chris O’Brien, beer activist, author of “Fermenting Revolution.”

Film Screening: “Fast Food Nation” [2006]
Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.
Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave.

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser, the film is a dramatic ensemble piece that looks at the health risks and environmental and social consequences of fast food.

Film Screening: “A Community of Gardeners” [2010]
Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.
A work-in-progress screening of “A Community of Gardeners,” produced by local filmmaker Cintia Cabib. 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.

Community Book Discussion of “The Memory of Old Jack” – moderated by Georgetown professor, and Wendell Berry fan, Patrick Deneen
Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.
A community discussion of the Arlington Reads 2010 featured title, “The Memory of Old Jack,” a classic novel that sees truth and integrity in the land through the eyes of an aging farmer in 1952 rural Kentucky.
Founder of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of Modern Democracy, moderator Patrick Deneen also writes about technology, political theory and culture on his blog, What I Saw in America.
Book reviews and author interviews

Film Screening: “How to Cook Your Life” [2009]
Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave.
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
A documentary look at how Espe Brown, a San Francisco Zen priest/cookbook author, uses Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday existence

Author Talk: Novella Carpenter, “Farm City: The Education of An Urban Farmer
Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.
Novella Carpenter has restaged the American agrarian dream in an abandoned Oakland, California lot, raising fruits, vegetables, bees and even pigs and goats in a neighborhood known as “GhostTown.” Her critically acclaimed “Farm City”—featured on “best book lists” from Oprah to the New York Times—spreads the gospel of home-grown food and the empowerment it brings.
Book reviews and author interviews

Tour des Bibliothéque – Community Bike Ride
Saturday, May 1, 9:30 a.m.
Arlington Central Library 1015 N. Quincy St

The Arlington Public Library”s Staff and community volunteer bicycle tour of six of the county’s seven branches (Plaza Branch Library is not open on weekends).  The tour will start at Central Library and no pre-registration is required. The total circular route will cover some 30 miles and take between three and four hours but there will be several options for riding shorter portions.  Meet at the N. Quincy St. entrance. The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of bad weather.
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A Conversation with Wendell Berry
Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.
In a rare public appearance, literary legend, essayist, poet and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry visits Arlington Public Library to discuss his life’s work and vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil. It was Berry who declared “eating is an agricultural act,” inspiring today’s movement toward safer, healthier, locally produced meals and sustainable living. Berry’s classic novel “The Memory of Old Jack” is this year’s Arlington Reads featured title.
Book reviews and author interviews

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