Friends of the Arlington Public Library, Arlington Virginia

Friends of the Arlington Public Library, Arlington Virginia Support your library!

The Friends of the Arlington Public Library encourage and assist the Arlington County Public Library in providing the highest quality possible library services and collections to the patrons of The Library, and generally promote and encourage public library systems.

Sign up for the Arlington VA Public Library Winter Reading program and snuggle up with a good book or two. Keep track us...
01/05/2024

Sign up for the Arlington VA Public Library Winter Reading program and snuggle up with a good book or two. Keep track using the Library App or a Winter Reading bookmark and then get a prize after reading 3 books!

What books do you have on your list for winter reading? Leave a comment below!

Complete the challenge and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a set of four tickets to either a Washington Capitals or Washington Wizards game. Winter Reading kickoff is on Jan. 6th at and a hot chocolate party on March 2nd. Full program details can be found here: https://library.arlingtonva.us/for-readers/winter-reading/

Winter Reading is made possible through the generosity of FOAL (thanks to your generous donations) in partnership with the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.

Check out today’s episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour which speaks to how great of a resource libraries are. The Arlington...
01/02/2024

Check out today’s episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour which speaks to how great of a resource libraries are. The Arlington VA Public Library has so much to offer with an extensive collection, fabulous author events, workshops and more - all thanks to your donations to FOAL!

Your local library is a great source for books. But it can also be a great resource for helping you with your new year's resolution. Perhaps you want to learn a new language, take a cooking class, or research your family's genealogy. Or maybe you just want to save a ton of money. Today, we're presen...

Read about Library Director Diane Kresh and the fight against book bans in a new feature from the Washington Post. 📚
12/31/2023

Read about Library Director Diane Kresh and the fight against book bans in a new feature from the Washington Post. 📚

Library directors typically aren’t on the front lines of testy national debates, but with the backing of the county board, Diane Kresh is fighting against book bans.

As you plan your end-of-year giving, consider the gift of a donation to FOAL - whether one time or monthly, your support...
12/28/2023

As you plan your end-of-year giving, consider the gift of a donation to FOAL - whether one time or monthly, your support allows FOAL to fund ALL library programming. https://bit.ly/DonatetoFOAL

Thanks to your generous donations to FOAL, we've helped fund ALL library programming.  Need an idea for a last minute gi...
12/23/2023

Thanks to your generous donations to FOAL, we've helped fund ALL library programming. Need an idea for a last minute gift? Donate to FOAL: https://arlingtonlibraryfriends.app.neoncrm.com/forms/foal-donation

View the cool Arlington VA Public Library reel that highlights 2023: https://bit.ly/3NEeO5X

Some highlights include:

1️⃣ An official County Board Resolution designating our libraries as “Book Sanctuaries”
2️⃣ Passing 1 million annual eCheckouts for the first time due to increased one-time funding
3️⃣ Opening the full-service library
4️⃣ Checking out humans instead of books for empathetic conversations at the
5️⃣ Engaging more than 3,000 people through our “Get Graphic” series, including “Maus” author Art Spiegelman in one of our biggest events yet
6️⃣ Distributing 2,200 gifts from community donations at the Holiday Gift Nook
7️⃣ Hosting 4,532 free programs and events welcoming more than 122,000 people

Share your favorite library memory from this year in the comments!

Donate to Friends of the Arlington Public Library (FOAL) and know that your tax-deductible contribution will be used to provide programming in all branches. This form is for DONATIONS ONLY. If you'd like to become a member of FOAL, please click here. FOAL supports story times, maker events, author e...

Psst....do you need to get a few last minute gifts?Shop at one of the Friends of the Arlington Library book stores!  Fin...
12/21/2023

Psst....do you need to get a few last minute gifts?

Shop at one of the Friends of the Arlington Library book stores! Find books in every genre to suit your needs. Arlington VA Public Library

We know how much you love our Arlington VA Public Library. Now is the time to make your voice heard here: https://public...
12/16/2023

We know how much you love our Arlington VA Public Library. Now is the time to make your voice heard here: https://publicinput.com/fy2025_english

Background: The county is over budget and is looking to cut back funding in different areas, which for the libraries could mean reduced hours and even closed branches. As it currently stands, Arlington County provides ZERO funding for library programming. All programming is paid for through funds raised by FOAL. While we encourage your donations to FOAL, we need the county to continue to prioritize our libraries.

Let the county know how much the library means to you by:
- Sharing your personal stories about library offerings.
- Telling them how much you love and use your local branch.
- Reminding them how important the library is to a community.

Make your voice heard: https://publicinput.com/fy2025_english (English) https://publicinput.com/fy2025_espanol (Spanish)

FOAL tumblers and sweatshirts and t-shirts, OH MY!  We have you covered for a unique gift this holiday season.Stop into ...
12/15/2023

FOAL tumblers and sweatshirts and t-shirts, OH MY! We have you covered for a unique gift this holiday season.

Stop into one of the library branches and make a purchase. Proceeds help to fund ALL library programming. https://arlingtonlibraryfriends.org/ Arlington VA Public Library

Give the gift that keeps on giving -- a membership to FOAL! Membership levels vary, but all include early admission to o...
12/12/2023

Give the gift that keeps on giving -- a membership to FOAL!

Membership levels vary, but all include early admission to our bi-annual book sales. All proceeds directly fund ALL library programming from author events and workshops to summer and winter reading programs.

https://arlingtonlibraryfriends.app.neoncrm.com/forms/membership Arlington VA Public Library

The free gift nook is absolutely amazing this year!
12/02/2023

The free gift nook is absolutely amazing this year!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the wonderful donors who gave to FOAL on  !  Your support enables us to provide programm...
11/29/2023

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the wonderful donors who gave to FOAL on ! Your support enables us to provide programming money to the Arlington County Public Library for workshops, author events, The Shop and much more! If you still wish to donate, go to: https://arlingtonlibraryfriends.app.neoncrm.com/forms/foal-donation

Did you know: Arlington County does not provide ANY programming money to the library? All the amazing events, programs, ...
11/22/2023

Did you know: Arlington County does not provide ANY programming money to the library? All the amazing events, programs, workshops, etc., are funded through FOAL thanks to your generous donations of materials and money. Help us continue to support our library by donating on ! https://arlingtonlibraryfriends.app.neoncrm.com/forms/foal-donation

10/30/2023

Friends-check out the Arlington Civitan Garage Sale/Flea Market’s last sale of the season!

A big THANK YOU to all who volunteered and shopped!
10/30/2023

A big THANK YOU to all who volunteered and shopped!

10/29/2023
Our sale is in full swing and we just restocked several sections! Come on out and shop to support our library!  We are o...
10/28/2023

Our sale is in full swing and we just restocked several sections! Come on out and shop to support our library! We are open until 5pm today.

Happening this week!
10/23/2023

Happening this week!

Join FOAL on Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm at Thai Treasure for a reception to celebration Courtney LeBlanc, Arlington’s ...
10/12/2023

Join FOAL on Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm at Thai Treasure for a reception to celebration Courtney LeBlanc, Arlington’s new Poet Laureate. Light fare provided by FOAL, cash bar. RSVP required:

Friends of the Arlington Library (FOAL) invites all members to meet Courtney LeBlanc, Arlington's new Poet Laureate!

Donations needed!  Help make our Fall Book Sale (our biggest fundraiser of the year) a success!  Please bring your book,...
10/07/2023

Donations needed! Help make our Fall Book Sale (our biggest fundraiser of the year) a success! Please bring your book, puzzle, and game donations to any library branch. We appreciate your support!

We’d love to hear your feedback tonight!
06/13/2023

We’d love to hear your feedback tonight!

Our annual meeting is coming up! Join us on Tuesday at   to learn more about the important work that FOAL does in our co...
06/10/2023

Our annual meeting is coming up! Join us on Tuesday at to learn more about the important work that FOAL does in our community. All are welcome!

Summer Reading Kick-off Fun!!!
06/03/2023

Summer Reading Kick-off Fun!!!

Book sale volunteer appreciation night!
05/19/2023

Book sale volunteer appreciation night!

Jerry Craft was amazing at tonight’s Arlington Reads event!
04/28/2023

Jerry Craft was amazing at tonight’s Arlington Reads event!

Did you miss our Spring Book Sale? No worries! FOAL bookstores operate in every library branch and are open for shopping...
04/26/2023

Did you miss our Spring Book Sale? No worries! FOAL bookstores operate in every library branch and are open for shopping during normal library hours! We stock these stores with the same 1st rate books, journals, games, magazines, and puzzles you’d typically find at our massive sales. Stop by regularly to check out our ever-changing offerings!

04/24/2023

Spend a moment and listen to Arlington Library Director, Diane Kresh, discuss the amazing and FREE resources available through our library system!

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