Arlington Public Library
"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything." - Peter Golkin
Peter Golkin, Public Information Officer, Arlington Public Library, says, "Arlington has to be one of the most supportive communities in America - our citizens place a high value on these public resources." This support is evident in the overwhelming community response to the depth and variety of library services and programs. One example is when Central Library hosted naturalist Wendell Berry for the Arlington Reads program. The crowd that came to hear him talk formed a line that wrapped outside and around the adjacent tennis courts. Another example is the popular children's summer reading program, which continues to grow each year.
"We're seeing new generations get addicted to their public libraries. We're seeing a lot of young faces around here, right along with older crowds," says Golkin.
In any given month, the network of nine branches offers programs and events for just about any interest or avocation, from family story time, career development, education and book clubs, to name just a few. In addition to library services and the availability of professional librarians to help with in-depth research projects, online resources are also available.
"Our online branch is the second busiest in the network," says Golkin. In fact, thousands of books, films and reference materials can be digitally checked out and delivered instantly to a myriad of devices. This resource is becoming increasingly popular across the County, and functions similarly to brick-and-mortar branches. All you need is an Arlington Library card.
Whether you like to roam the stacks, have the convenience of an online branch or enjoy the many events and programs offered all year long, check out the Arlington Public Library. You might be surprised.
Golkin, an avid proponent of alternative transportation, encourages patrons to leave their cars at home. "On a beautiful day like today, walking or biking to the library can be an incredible experience," he says. "Just take a look at our calendar for something that looks interesting, and come on over."