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Monday, August 08
Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog. If you would like to...
Friday, August 05
As I was watering the library’s tomatoes and fall greens, I spotted a small object just outside the entrance. It was new, and its color stood out from the gray and pink masonry. Here’s a closer look...
Friday, July 29
Dragonflies have been among the library’s most conspicuous animals during July – if you’ve been outside long enough to notice them! This summer’s scorching heat sometimes leaves me immobilized, but...
Thursday, July 21
I’ve always enjoyed wrestling with a project – asking questions, making observations, doing research, testing ideas – digging deeper. This temperament and habit informs my natural history study, my...
Tuesday, July 19
Welcome to AFL Staff Stories! Every month we'll introduce you (or REintroduce you!) to a different member of the AFL Staff and tell you a little about their favorites. This month, meet AFL's Head of...
Friday, July 15
On a quiet June afternoon, I was scouting the grounds to see what might be seen and, truth be told, hoping to get another look at the painted turtle . . . or any turtle, for that matter. I didn’t. It...
Monday, July 11
Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog. If you would like to...
Friday, July 08
Hello Gardeners, We have a winner for the first round of The Great Seed Experiment!  Congratulations to Connor, Nathan, and Trenton Forth (and their parents) for winning the prize for “Sprouting...
Thursday, July 07
Welcome to the special summer reading edition of the Librarian’s Lounge! I wrote a little bit about the preparations for the program last month, but now that summer reading is officially underway, I...
Friday, July 01
When was the last time you saw a turtle?  Where was it and what was it doing? Perhaps it was swimming in a local pond or perched on a muddy bank ready to slip into the water in response to a...

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