Join us Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m. at the Shirlington Branch Library for a discussion on Eating Local.

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:

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.

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!

Preschool-age children and their caregivers are invited to a special storytime in conjunction with Arlington Reads on Friday, April 9 10:00 a.m., in Arlington Central Library’s Auditorium.

Listen to garden stories and songs, then decorate a container and plant a seed to start your own garden.

Call 703-228-5946 for more information.

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:

Join us for a screening of the 2008 film “Food, Inc.”at the Shirlington Branch Library on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m.

This Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the corporate-controlled global food industry and its effect on both the producers and consumers.

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

Elementary school students and their families are invited to an entertaining, informative program about bees and beekeeping on Saturday, April, 3 11:00 a.m., in Arlington Central Library’s Auditorium.

Bee Hives

Bee hives at the South Four Mile Run Community Gardens

Join beekeeper Paul Diehl as he explains how bees make honey and how you can become a beekeeper (you might recognize Mr. Diehl as the friendly bus driver who takes Arlington School children on field trips to the Outdoor Lab!). And bee-fore leaving you can make a bee-autiful craft to take home!

For more information about this program call 703-228-5946.

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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