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Bring literary style to your social life! Want to discuss the latest best-sellers over happy hour? Looking for people who can keep up with your literary trivia prowess? Wish your dates resembled the plot of a novel? Looking for a new way to occupy your brain while you metro home? Join us.

Upcoming events (4+)

Escapism Book Club with Author Farrah Rochon

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Take an escape with a romance and get to know Farrah Rochon, author of "The Boyfriend Project", who will join us for a Zoom discussion of her book.

Book Description:
Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she's been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah - along with his two other "girlfriends," London and Taylor - have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status. For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she's always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there's no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

New members are always welcome. You don't have to read the book to join, but it is encouraged.

Strange Lands Book Club: "Light from Uncommon Stars"

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This book club meets on the third Wednesday evening of the month for informal discussions on a wide range of science fiction titles voted on by participants.

Join us in February to discuss "Light from Uncommon Stars" by Ryka Aoki:
A defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts. Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six. When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She's found her final candidate. But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn't have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan's kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul's worth. And maybe something as small as a warm donut is powerful enough to break a curse as vast as the California coastline. As the lives of these three women become entangled by chance and fate, a story of magic, identity, curses, and hope begins, and a family worth crossing the universe for is found.

New members are always welcome. You don't have to read the book to join, but it is encouraged. This is a volunteer-led book club. Until further notice, this book club will meet virtually on Zoom. A Zoom account is not required to join.

ZOOM Meeting - Never Too Old Book Club: "Ace of Spades"

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Our YA (Young Adult) book club for adults. Because you're never too old to enjoy YA!

We will be discussing Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

We will be meeting via Zoom. Registration is required to participate.

You must register here: https://arlingtonva.libcal.com/event/9593890

Within twenty four hours prior to the meeting you will receive instructions for joining the Zoom meeting. A zoom account is not required to join, but you will need a microphone.

Green Valley Pharmacy: A Community Gathering Place

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In celebration of African American History month explore, local history.

Join Portia A. Clark President of the Green Valley Civic Association, for a special presentation on Arlington's landmark Green Valley Pharmacy. Green Valley Pharmacy was the longest-operating African American Pharmacy in Arlington County and likely the first African-American-owned Pharmacy in the county.

The Green Valley Pharmacy has helped shape and define the local community for over 60 years. The Pharmacy was opened in 1952 by Dr. Leonard Muse, a graduate of Howard University School of Pharmacy, and his business partner Waverly W. Jones when no other pharmacies in Arlington welcomed the black community. Green Valley Pharmacy served black and white customers and was especially famous for its dine-in food counter, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Past events (1,036)

Strange Lands Book Club: "The Spare Man"

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