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Westover Branch Library, Arlington Public Library

Westover Branch Library, Arlington Public Library The Arlington Public Library provides free access to information, creates connections among people a Library hours vary by location.

Visit the Arlington Public Library website for full schedule by location: https://library.arlingtonva.us/locations/

Library visitors age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask while inside all Library facilities.

Operating as usual

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04/08/2022

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Rise and shine - and Wake Up & Read at Westover Library today for National Library Week! 📚
Stop by all day Friday for a hot beverage of your choice, and pick up a copy of a challenged or banned book (while supplies last).
If you miss out today, you can also stop by Central Library Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Do you have questions about how to help trees grow and thrive in Arlington? Join us Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 for a Ne...
03/30/2022

Do you have questions about how to help trees grow and thrive in Arlington? Join us Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 for a Neighborhood Tree Walk with the Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria.
Learn about trees growing near the Westover Library, and ask all your tree related questions!

Register now on the Library calendar: https://arlingtonva.libcal.com/event/8973659

Program attendees will meet in front of Westover Library and walk three blocks from and return to the Westover Library. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on sidewalks. The rain date for this program is April 23.

Systemwide, starting Monday, Jan. 24, until further notice: - All Library locations, including Cherrydale and Glencarlyn...
01/18/2022

Systemwide, starting Monday, Jan. 24, until further notice:
- All Library locations, including Cherrydale and Glencarlyn Libraries, will be open on a regular schedule.
- In-person programs, including storytimes and Maker services at The Shop, will pause so that staff can be diverted to other service points.
- Scheduled virtual programs, which staff can conduct from anywhere, will continue. Please visit our events calendar for more information.
- Some meeting and study rooms will be unavailable, in order to accommodate temporary staff workspace and overflow materials.
- Current and upcoming library card expirations will be extended for 90 days.

Read the full post for all details:

Library Operations Update: January 17, 2022

Arlington Public Library, like many other services in the region, has been impacted by the latest COVID-19 related staffing shortages. As we continue to do our best to keep Library operations running, the following temporary measures will be taken:

Cherrydale and Glencarlyn Update
- Cherrydale and Glencarlyn Libraries and book drops will remain closed through Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.
- Holds currently on the shelf at Cherrydale and Glencarlyn will be moved to Central Library for pickup starting Wednesday, Jan. 19; these holds will be held at Central through Wednesday, Jan. 26.
- New holds can still be placed for pickup at Cherrydale and Glencarlyn, but no new holds will be fulfilled at these location during the closure. Patrons who currently have unfilled holds have the option to choose a different pickup location through their Library Account online or via the Library App.

Going forward, the Library will prioritize keeping locations open for service. Systemwide, starting Monday, Jan. 24, until further notice:
- All Library locations, including Cherrydale and Glencarlyn Libraries, will be open on a regular schedule.
- In-person programs, including storytimes and Maker services at The Shop, will pause so that staff can be diverted to other service points.
- Scheduled virtual programs, which staff can conduct from anywhere, will continue. Please visit our events calendar for more information.
- Some meeting and study rooms will be unavailable, in order to accommodate temporary staff workspace and overflow materials.
- Current and upcoming library card expirations will be extended for 90 days.

How Can You Help?
In recent weeks, an increase in unclaimed holds across the system has impacted staff workload. There are two ways you can help:
- Pick up your holds before they expire.
- If you are unlikely to visit the library in the coming days and weeks, pause or “Freeze” any unfilled physical holds that are not yet ready for pick up.

Providing access to Library services while keeping all our locations open remains our top priority. Operations will continue to be assessed, as these plans are contingent on current staffing levels, and operations may be further impacted if additional staffing shortages occur.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and for using Arlington Public Library. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Congratulations Hollis!
01/07/2020

Congratulations Hollis!

On the last day of 2019, Hollis and his sister Adelise finished 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Great job kiddos - may the new year be full of many more great books!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program that encourages Arlington families and caregivers to read with their young children, and helps them get ready to learn to read. Learn more: https://library.arlingtonva.us/1000-books-before-kindergarten/

Congratulations Adelise!
01/07/2020

Congratulations Adelise!

On the last day of 2019, Adelise and her brother Hollis finished 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Great job kiddos - may the new year be full of many more great books!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program that encourages Arlington families and caregivers to read with their young children, and helps them get ready to learn to read. Learn more: https://library.arlingtonva.us/1000-books-before-kindergarten/

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."

We're delighted to be showing Nataliya Gurshman's Paintings, on exhibit at the Westover Branch Library from August 27 - ...
08/27/2019

We're delighted to be showing Nataliya Gurshman's Paintings, on exhibit at the Westover Branch Library from August 27 - October 14, 2019.

Step into the Westover Branch Library this weekend and chill out with paintings by Nataliya Gurshman, the next artist on exhibit in Westover's display space.

Originally from the northern part of the former Soviet Union, Gurshman's love for winter and snow, as well as nature, can be seen in her work. Many of her pieces are inspired either by a real place or her childhood memories and emotions.
Learn more on the Library website: https://library.arlingtonva.us/2019/08/27/nataliya-gurshman-paintings/

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.

06/26/2019

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.

Timeline photos
06/07/2019

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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.

Christina Girardi: paintings on exhibit at the Westover Branch Library, Tuesday April 16 - Monday June 10, 2019.Christin...
05/01/2019

Christina Girardi: paintings on exhibit at the Westover Branch Library, Tuesday April 16 - Monday June 10, 2019.

Christina Girardi is an artist who grew up in the Washington, DC area and works as an artist in Arlington, VA, continuing to draw inspiration from her hometown. With a focus on local landscapes and portraiture, her approach incorporates the freshness of observation from life, with a unique perspective that inspires new ways of looking.

01/22/2019
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.

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!

Westover welcomed Winter in style yesterday, with stories and crafts!
12/20/2018

Westover welcomed Winter in style yesterday, with stories and crafts!

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).

Do you love the book "Boy + Bot"?Stop by Westover anytime this month to share your dream robot with us - and to see ever...
12/06/2018

Do you love the book "Boy + Bot"?
Stop by Westover anytime this month to share your dream robot with us - and to see everyone else's creations!

Tom Dickinson: Photographs - Windows to the Past: Arlinton, Then and Now - On exhibit at the Westover Branch Library, No...
12/03/2018

Tom Dickinson: Photographs - Windows to the Past: Arlinton, Then and Now - On exhibit at the Westover Branch Library, November 6, 2018 - January 14, 2019.

The exhibit is a compilation and comparative arrangement of historical, documentary photographs of residential and commercial buildings in Arlington that all have been demolished – and the structures that replaced them in the exact location. The desired effect is to give the viewer some focused sense of just how much Arlington has changed, and is changing, for better or worse. The photographs document a time span from the late 1800s and early 1900s (when most of the original buildings were constructed), to the present.

Timeline photos
08/29/2018

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Teachers aren't the only folks in Arlington who are getting ready for school to start next week!

Today's sign...
08/23/2018

Today's sign...

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08/16/2018

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Congratulations to Bobby, the latest kiddo at the Westover Branch Library to complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

And congratulations also to Kate, our new children's librarian at Westover - Bobby is the first child she has been honored to add to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Hall of Fame!

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.

05/28/2018

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

Have you heard about Westover's new Family Storytime, from 6:30 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights? For families with kids of ...
04/11/2018

Have you heard about Westover's new Family Storytime, from 6:30 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights?

For families with kids of all ages, this fun and interactive program combines activities such as read-aloud stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and flannel boards, and introduces children to listening skills, picture books, the library, and the joy of reading.
Families are encouraged to participate together, and to borrow related materials to enjoy at home.

No registration is required, but attendance is first-come, first-served. Call the Westover Branch at 703-228-5260 for more information.

Address

1644 N McKinley Road , Ste. 3
Arlington, VA
22205

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 12pm - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 228-5260

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