Columbia Pike Branch, Arlington Public Library

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February1930 - Arlington Community Library Club sets up in refurbished double garage on S. Fillmore Street. 1933 - Library moves to abandoned Fillmore School (renamed Columbia Pike Community Hall) near corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed. No functioning toilet, heated by coal stove. 1936 - County Library Association formed; Arlington Community Library becomes part of Arlington Government. July 1941 - Columbia Pike Community Hall torn down; library collection moved to second floor of Clarendon Library. December 1942 - Moves to new store building at 911 S. Glebe Road, Westmont Shopping Center. Increased hours and circulation. 1952 - Expands into adjacent store, doubling size. 1959 - Moves to 3239 Columbia Pike, Westmont Shopping Center. Becomes then largest and best equipped library in Arlington County. 1975 - Moves to current location at 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, shared facility with new Arlington Public School Career Center. Library space has 20,000 square feet compared to 2,600 at previous location. September 13, 1975 - Dedication of Columbia Pike Branch Library.

Operating as usual

The Columbia Pike Branch Library, currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is beginning a long-planned renovation ...
07/14/2020
Arlington Career Center Expansion - Arlington Public Schools

The Columbia Pike Branch Library, currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is beginning a long-planned renovation project this summer.

Access to Columbia Pike's book drop and parking lot Wi-Fi will be unavailable during construction.

The first floor will undergo a full renovation to include more efficient use of floor space and shelving, more small public meeting room spaces, improved lighting, and new furniture, carpet and paint.

The current second floor will be converted to a classroom and multi-use space for the adjoining Arlington Career Center. The renovated second floor space will be available to the community as a public meeting and gathering space on the evenings and weekends, in cooperation with Arlington Public Schools (APS).

Construction Timeline and Library Services
• Construction is scheduled to begin in early August and will go through late Fall 2020. Following completion of construction, the County will evaluate when to reopen the Columbia Pike Branch based on COVID-19 conditions and health and safety guidelines in place at that time.
• Book Drop - Columbia Pike's book drop will close as of Friday, July 17. Book drops at other Library locations remain open.
• Wi-Fi - Public Wi-Fi in the parking lot at Columbia Pike will no longer be available after Wednesday, July 22. Wi-Fi will remain available in the parking lots at Central and Aurora Hills.
More about Library services during construction: https://library.arlingtonva.us/2020/07/13/columbia-pike-renovation-starts-early-august/

Background
The School Board and County Board members first met with the community about this project on November 18, 2019. For more information on the Arlington Career Center Expansion project and Arlington Public Schools use permit for this construction project, please see Item 34 from the June 13, 2020, County Board agenda and continue to follow the APS design and construction page for the Arlington Career Center Expansion updates.
https://www.apsva.us/design-and-construction/arlington-career-center/

About the Career Center Expansion In the approved FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) the School Board provides specific direction for the Career Center site that includes: Capital project for an additional 250 Arlington Tech seats for a total of 600 Arlington Tech seats by Sept. 2021, an extensi...

FREE COVID-19 testing is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 26, at the Barcroft Fitness and Recreation Center for anyone ag...
05/25/2020
Arlington County Virginia – Government

FREE COVID-19 testing is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 26, at the Barcroft Fitness and Recreation Center for anyone age 2 and up. Testing will begin at 10 a.m., and tests will be conducted on both a drive-through and walk-up basis for the first 1,000 people who are on site.
*** No appointment, ID, or doctor’s order needed ***
Learn more:

FREE, no-appointment necessary COVID-19 testing scheduled for Tuesday in Arlington.

WHAT: One-day, free COVID-19 testing event
WHY: In an effort to limit community spread in areas that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19
WHEN: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Barcroft Fitness and Recreation Center (4200 S. Four Mile Run)
WHO: Anyone ages 2 and up
HOW: Tests will be conducted on both a drive-through and walk-up basis for the first 1,000 people who are on site.

*** No appointment, ID, or doctor’s order needed ***

03/17/2020
Arlington VA Public Library

Arlington VA Public Library

In an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Arlington Public Library is closing all locations as of Tuesday, March 17, 9 p.m.

We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our community and for the safety of our patrons and staff.

Fines
• All fines and due dates for physical items are suspended until further notice.

Returns
• All book drops are closed at this time.
• Please keep library items at home until we can resume Library operations.

Holds
• Holds on physical items have been disabled in the catalog and Library App until further notice.
• Holds are available on items in the eCollection. Note: OverDrive holds no longer check out automatically. When you receive a notification that your hold is available, go to your Overdrive account Holds page to borrow the item.

Library Accounts
• Any library cards expiring between March 1 and May 1 now expire on June 1.

eCollection
• Available 24/7 with your library card.

This was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public. Closing the library to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 is the responsible thing to do, and the best way to serve our patrons - many of whom are at high risk. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

12/18/2019
Arlington VA Public Library

Arlington VA Public Library

What is it about a library that keeps its patrons coming back for more, year after year?

We’ve collected some of our favorite 2019 moments at Arlington Public Library in a short video — from storytime with the Washington Nationals, to opening our new Makerspace, to launching the Grab & Go express collection. Watch with the sound on :)

Thank you all for helping to make this another great year!

What do you do when there's no school? Last month on election day, kids and families at Columbia Pike created Mine Craft...
12/02/2019

What do you do when there's no school? Last month on election day, kids and families at Columbia Pike created Mine Craft themed bags for their holding library books and library cards!

Arlington County Firefighters visited us for Halloween at Columbia Pike. They taught us about fire safety and how they p...
11/01/2019

Arlington County Firefighters visited us for Halloween at Columbia Pike. They taught us about fire safety and how they put on their protective clothing, they read us a story, and then we got to check out their fire truck!

Friday, October 11, marks the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day, an annual observance to raise awareness of th...
10/11/2019

Friday, October 11, marks the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day, an annual observance to raise awareness of the interests and rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. Arlington Public Library is honoring this date by displaying Pride flags at all of our locations.

Library Director Diane Kresh writes this week, "As a gay person, National Coming Out Day holds personal significance.
I take it personally when we discover pages in our Library’s children’s books about gay moms and dads have been deliberately torn or defaced.
I take it personally when a patron writes me and tells me that the Library’s Pride Month book displays promote sexually deviant behavior.
And I take it personally when a patron threatens to trash a branch library because it has displayed the Pride flag.
As an Arlington County leader, my support of National Coming Out Day means that I encourage Library staff to show up at work as they truly are — proudly and without fear of consequence.
As a public library director, National Coming Out Day reminds me that each day in a library is coming out day. Libraries are judgement free zones – safe spaces that welcome all who enter their doors, regardless of beliefs, preferences, country of origin, age, income status or appearance.
And as a gay person, National Coming Out Day affirms a commitment I made to myself: to respect and honor my choices and to be who I am, this day and every day."

All Arlington Public Library locations will be closed Thursday, July 4.
07/04/2019

All Arlington Public Library locations will be closed Thursday, July 4.

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06/26/2019

Arlington VA Public Library

As of July 1, 2019, the Library will automatically renew eligible materials checked out to library cardholders. Renewal limits for eligible items have also increased to three (3) renewals.

All patrons are automatically enrolled; there is no need to sign up for this new service.

How do Automatic Renewals work?
- Any items on your account that are eligible for renewal will now auto-renew 3 days before their due date.
- Auto-renewal sets the new due date from the original due date. For example, items due July 1 will be renewed on June 28, and the new due date will be July 22 (for books and other 21-day materials) or July 8 (for DVDs and other 7-day materials).
- Courtesy notices will reflect which items in your account did or didn't auto-renew, and the corresponding due dates.
- You can still renew eligible items at any time via the Library app or Library website.

Items may not Auto-Renew if:
- The item does not allow renewals
- The item is part of the eCollection
- The item has a hold (another patron is waiting for it)
- The item has reached its renewal limit (3 renewals)
- Your card is expired
- You have fees of $15 or more on your account
- An overdue notice has been sent for one or more items currently checked out on your account

If items on your account cannot be renewed, you will receive a courtesy notice with due dates before those items are due.

Arlington VA Public Library
06/07/2019

Arlington VA Public Library

Is your little one missing the usual storytime routine this month? During June our preschool storytimes take a break, but the children's librarians - like Pat and Kate, photographed here talking to kids at Tuckahoe Elementary - are extra busy visiting all of Arlington's elementary schools.

They share great new books, promote the value and fun of reading during the summer, and get kids excited about Summer Reading!

Summer preschool storytimes start Sunday, June 23. We look forward to seeing you then!

Photo thanks to Tuckahoe Elementary School Library.

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05/24/2019

Arlington VA Public Library

We're happy to report that both the Aurora Hills and Columbia Pike Branches have power today, and will be open on our regular Friday schedule.

Many thanks to the all the fire, police, repair crews and other emergency services folks working hard to get Arlington back on its feet after yesterday's crazy weather.

Photo: Tree blown down on Walter Reed Drive. Photo taken by Jayla, Columbia Pike librarian, after Thursday's storm.

Have you read to YOUR reptile lately?On Tuesday, the Columbia Pike Branch Library and the Career Center's Animal Science...
05/08/2019

Have you read to YOUR reptile lately?

On Tuesday, the Columbia Pike Branch Library and the Career Center's Animal Science Department (located next door to Columbia Pike) teamed up for the first of three weekly Reading to Reptiles events.

Elementary school age kids each read for 15 minutes to a dragon lizard, a blue tongue skink, a tortoise, or one of two snakes (one snake was blind but listened very well).

Thanks to our partners at the Career Center of Arlington Public Schools - Mr. Scott Lockhart and his teenage Animal Science students, along with all of our excellent readers!

Learn more or register for upcoming sessions: https://library.arlingtonva.us/calendar/?event_search=reading+to+reptiles&event_page=1

During spring break, kids and parents at Columbia Pike watched the animated Alice in Wonderland movie. Then they brought...
05/02/2019

During spring break, kids and parents at Columbia Pike watched the animated Alice in Wonderland movie.

Then they brought Wonderland into the library by creating their own giant paper flowers, just like the ones Alice encounters in the garden: https://aliceinwonderland.fandom.com/wiki/The_Flowers.

We think our flowers might be even better than the animated versions!

The Columbia Pike Branch Library is hosting a whole week of money-smart programming in April for tweens, teens and young...
03/12/2019

The Columbia Pike Branch Library is hosting a whole week of money-smart programming in April for tweens, teens and young adults!

Learn how to prioritize expenses, how to open your own bank account, and more:

April 1 - Money Moves for Future Financial Success
April 2 - Teen Banking
April 3 - Upcycled Piggy Banks
April 4 - Get Smart About Credit Scores
April 5 - Money Smart Board Games

https://library.arlingtonva.us/calendar/?event_audience=Events+for+High+Schoolers&event_search=money+smart

Need help with you taxes? Get free, first-come, first serve assistance from trained AARP Tax Prep volunteers at the Colu...
01/30/2019

Need help with you taxes? Get free, first-come, first serve assistance from trained AARP Tax Prep volunteers at the Columbia Pike Branch Library. For people with low or moderate income.

Ayuda para la Preparación de Impuestos para Personas de Bajos Recursos.

February 2 - April 13:
Tuesdays, 1:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How does it work?
- Walk-in or make an appointment
- Be prepared by bringing the necessary documents with you.
- Spanish speaking volunteers are available.

Tax Preparation Clinics are presented in partnership with AARP and the Arlington County Department of Human Services.
(Please note: the IRS no longer supplies the Library with tax forms.)

More information: https://library.arlingtonva.us/explore/financial-planning/free-tax-preparation-help/

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01/24/2019

Arlington VA Public Library

Kids, parents and caregivers attended our annual Hibernation program this week at the Columbia Pike Branch Library, held in collaboration with the Arlington Career Center's Teen Student teachers and their teacher, Scott Lockhart. Also in attendance were a rat, snake, ferret, turtle, frog, dragon lizard, and a husky dog!

We read the book "I Don't Want to Go to Sleep," about a frog who does not want to hibernate, and then everyone got to meet and pet the real animals. Some of the children were much braver than the adults when it came to the petting part...

01/22/2019
Arlington VA Public Library

Arlington VA Public Library

Do you paint, take photos, weave, sculpt or make other kinds of art or craft? Submit your work for an exhibit at the Library!

The Arlington Public Library displays the work of individuals and local groups, created by and/or of interest to the Arlington community.

Learn more, including how to submit your work through our online application process, on our Opportunities for Artists page: https://library.arlingtonva.us/opportunities-for-artists/

01/13/2019

All Arlington Public Library locations are closed Sunday, Jan, 13 due to the ongoing snow.

Any physical items that were previously due back to the Library on Sunday, Jan. 13 are now due Monday, Jan. 14. Holds set to expire on January 14 are extended to January 15.

We made sock snowpeople!
01/01/2019

We made sock snowpeople!

12/31/2018

All Arlington Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Years Day.

See you in 2019!

12/20/2018
Arlington Public Library 2018 Impact Report

Think you know what your public library does? We’ve collected some of the best moments from our 2018 Impact Report to share with you, including some heartwarming images and surprising facts (watch with the sound on, it's better - and we're not crying, you're crying).

11/12/2018
Arlington VA Public Library

Arlington VA Public Library

All Arlington Public Library locations are closed Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

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10/31/2018

Arlington VA Public Library

We had a great Pumpkin Storytime at Columbia Pike today, with costumes and pumpkin stories. Someone even got to take a pumpkin home!

#LibrariesOfInstagram #HalloweenStorytime @ Columbia Pike Branch, Arlington Public Library

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10/12/2018

Arlington VA Public Library

Meet Hannah, who just finished our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Congratulations kiddo, and to everyone who read with you!

Columbia Pike Branch, Arlington Public Library
09/04/2018

Columbia Pike Branch, Arlington Public Library

Congratulations to Surya, a proud new member of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Hall of Fame at the Columbia Pike Br...
08/16/2018

Congratulations to Surya, a proud new member of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Hall of Fame at the Columbia Pike Branch Library!

New Library App Feature: Your Digital Library Card!Now you can use your Library App at self-checkout stations, just like...
06/12/2018

New Library App Feature: Your Digital Library Card!

Now you can use your Library App at self-checkout stations, just like a regular library card.

You can find your Digital Library Card by going to your user account screen in the app, and tapping the "My Digital Library Card" button at the bottom of the menu list. This brings up a virtual library card with your card number, and a scannable barcode that can be used at all self-checkout stations.

The Library App is available for iOs and Android devices. Download the app by searching "Arlington Public Library" in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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05/28/2018

Arlington VA Public Library

All Library locations are closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

Calling Star Wars fans of all ages!Join us May 4th, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Columbia Pike for Star Wars Night. We'll have cr...
04/25/2018

Calling Star Wars fans of all ages!
Join us May 4th, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Columbia Pike for Star Wars Night. We'll have crafts, fun activities and a showing of "The Last Jedi."
And May the 4th be with You!

Arlington VA Public Library
04/25/2018

Arlington VA Public Library

We're pleased to share the news that the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, one of our partners in documenting the history of Arlington, will open the doors to its new gallery space on Tuesday, May 1.

The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington (BHMA) celebrates the African American Journey to Freedom, providing a focal point exhibit on Arlington’s Freedman’s Village and contributions made by its residents and their descendants to local and national history.

Having long been a "museum-without-walls," the BHMA's new exhibit space is located at 3108 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA, 22204.

As of May 1, gallery hours will be:
- Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
To schedule an exhibit viewing at a different time, please call the BHMA at (703) 271-8700 and request an appointment. http://arlingtonblackheritage.org/home/

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03/21/2018
Arlington VA Public Library

Arlington VA Public Library

Due to the winter storm expected to hit our area this morning, all Arlington Public Library locations are closed today. 🌨️🌨️

But you know the Library never really closes...

With your library card, an internet connection and our eCollection, you can:
- Borrow eBooks, eaudiobooks and digital magazines (OverDrive, hoopla and RBdigital)
- Listen to the Great Courses (RBdigital) or music (hoopla or Alexander Street Press)
- Research your appliance purchase (Consumer Reports), your investments (Morning Star) or your medication's side effects (Health and Wellness Resource Center)

And you can do it all at anytime, from anywhere!

We hope you enjoy your snow day, and we look forward to seeing you again soon in person ☃️

https://library.arlingtonva.us/ecollection/

Address

816 S Walter Reed Dr
Arlington, VA
22204

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Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(703) 228-5710

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The Silhouette workshop at Central April 15 was awesome and fun. This is what I made:
hey you folks are GREAT! But you might be interested in what other libraries are doing too!!!
Does any employee in this library or any section use this phone #?-703-228-5970