What we're about
Upcoming events (4+)
Join Arlington Public Library in a book club to unlearn racism.
This book discussion will be led by the Arlington Public Library group Beyond the Hashtag: Unlearning Racism, One Book at a Time. This group fosters a sustainable discussion around systemic racism while exploring these complex social dynamics through direct literary analysis and conversation.
18+. You MUST register here:
Instructions to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed the day before the meeting to all registrants.
An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.
After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.
Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.
Nature belongs to all of us! Please join us for a Zoom chat with renowned birders and naturalists discussing the joys and challenges of their work in the field.
Melody Starya Mobley is the first Black female forester in the U.S. Forest Service, where she worked for 28 years. Her love for animals and nature began as a child and led her to study wildlife management and later forest management. During her career at the Forest Service, she worked in conservation, watershed restoration, and forestry resource plans. Since retiring from the Forest Service, Melody has become an assistant science and math educator and done volunteer work with the American Association for the Advancement of Science's STEM Volunteer Program. She lives in Arlington.
Musa Murawih is a global birder who grew up in Sudan to a Bedouin family. He learned from a young age to identify all living things found during his family's travels. Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1999 he has travelled to 41 U.S. states in pursuit of birds and other natural wonders. He is a Board Member of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and has co-led a birding and nature program at Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington.
Yolanda Villacampa was born in Washington, D.C., and began her career in nature as a seasonal park ranger in Arlington, VA, where she was raised. Her parents' origins are from two Spanish-speaking countries, Spain and Ecuador. She is a part-time park naturalist with the Arlington County Nature Centers, and a 10-year Arlington Regional Master naturalist volunteer. Photo credit: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian
For more information email [masked].
Take an escape with a romance and get to know Julie Tieu, author of "The Donut Trap", who will join us for a Zoom discussion of her book.
Jasmine Tran has landed herself behind bars—maple bars that is. With no boyfriend or job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work at her parents’ donut shop. Jasmine quickly loses herself in a cyclical routine of donuts, Netflix, and sleep. She wants to break free from her daily grind, but when a hike in rent threatens the survival of their shop, her parents rely on her more than ever. Help comes in the form of an old college crush, Alex Lai. Not only is he successful and easy on the eyes, to her parents’ delight, he’s also Chinese. He’s everything she should wish for, until a disastrous dinner reveals Alex isn’t as perfect as she thinks. Worse, he doesn’t think she’s perfect either. With both sets of parents against their relationship, a family legacy about to shut down, and the reappearance of an old high school flame, Jasmine must scheme to find a solution that satisfies her family’s expectations and can get her out of the donut trap once and for all.
New members are always welcome. You don't have to read the book to join, but it is encouraged.
Our YA (Young Adult) book club for adults. Because you're never too old to enjoy YA!
We will be discussing Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson.
We will be meeting via Zoom. Registration is required to participate.
You must register here: https://arlingtonva.libcal.com/event/8359151
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.