Winter at the Fox

Take a wintry walk to the Fox Library! Always a friendly face, lots of books and DVDs for everyone, and the Little Fox Shop, too. Regular hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am to 5pm, and Wednesdays from 12pm to 8pm.

January 18th, 2017: An "End-of-Term" internet archiving gathering, to nominate government websites for preservation by the Library of Congress and the Internet Archive. Drop by between 6:30 and 8:30pm and we'll supply instructions and some snacks -- be sure to bring your laptop! It helps if you register ahead of time -- but we won't turn you away!

The Internet Archive is the keeper of the WayBack Machine, where you'll find any website from anytime!

The Internet Archive is the keeper of the WayBack Machine, where you'll find any website from anytime!

February 11th, 2017: Special Saturday hours at the Fox. The library will be open from 9am to 5pm, and the Little Fox Shop will be open from 10am to 4pm. Show Arlington's only branch library a little love on a Saturday -- we're hoping to have more Saturday hours in the future!

February 15th, 2017: Scrabble!! Join us from 7pm to 8:30 for refreshments and adult conversation while showing off your 7-letter vocabulary words. It helps if you register ahead of time -- but we won't turn you away!

Fall happenings

Take advantage of the last few warm days to meander through the Fox's neighborhood!

1. Keep an eye out for East Arlington Stories as they pop up along Mass Ave. These larger-than-life profiles of local businesses and their owners will only last as long as the wheat paste that holds them up. Consider volunteering in front of the Fox on October 15th between 12 and 4pm, when the artists will be on hand!

2. Join the Friends of the Fox for a documentary film screening on October 26th at 7pm. Beats of the Antonov "reveals the power of music to bring Sudanese people together in time of war," and documents a different view of the conflict in Sudan. The screening is free; join us for discussion following the film. Register here so we'll be sure to have enough free snacks.

Join us for a free screening of "Beats of the Antonov," a POV documentary, on October 26th at 7pm

Join us for a free screening of "Beats of the Antonov," a POV documentary, on October 26th at 7pm

3. The Arlington International Film Festival runs from October 27th to 30th. The Festival will take place at the Capitol Theatre with a series of films intended to “foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers.”

4. The Fox library will be open on Saturday October 29 from 9am to 5pm (a Saturday, hurray!). The Little Fox resale shop will be open from 10am to 4pm.

5. Join professional organizer Elizabeth Goodsell for a free one-hour workshop on October 29th. Join us in the Community Room (downstairs from the library) from 1 to 2pm and pick up some strategies for tackling clutter and ideas for corralling kids' toys.

6. November 16th is Scrabble Night! A Wednesday Night Out event at the library for adults, 7 to 8:30pm.

Fox Festival Parade & Feast of the East

One of our favorite events of the year -- the Feast of the East street festival -- is only getting better! This year, Arlington Public Art is organizing a series of workshops and activities to get ready for the Fox Festival Parade, which will kick off this year's Feast. 

Downstairs at the Fox, giant puppet workshops are open to the public on a drop-in basis; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Join artist Sara Peattie for one or both workshops:

  • Wednesday, June 8, 4 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday, June 15, 4 to 7 pm

At Spy Pond, Arlington Public Art will offer pop-up flag making tables for the parade on two upcoming Saturdays:

  • May 21, 12 to 4 pm as part of It's Your Move at Spy Pond Park near Linwood Street
  • June 11, 12 to 4 pm during Porchfest, in front of the Fox Library in Capitol Square

Don't be afraid to step out with your own creation at the parade at noon on June 18th, even you can't make it to a workshop: Make your own costume, banner, mask, or moveable sculpture inspired by the themes of nature and urban wildlife. 

Then we'll see you at the Friends of the Fox table on June 18th for the Feast of the East (12 to 4pm) -- and be sure to stop in to browse inside the library and outfit the kids at The Little Fox, which will both be open from 9am to 5pm that day! 

Wednesday Nights Out

The Friends of the Fox want to help you take advantage of later open hours at the library on Wednesdays, with free adult-oriented programming once a month. Unless otherwise noted, programs run from 7 to 8:30pm (note that the library closes to non-participants at 8pm). To help us plan, please register (though we probably won't turn you away if you haven't). Watch this space for information about upcoming events, and be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions for other programs you'd like to see!

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