close
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a colour combintion to give he most comfortable contrast.

ALL ALEXANDRIA READS 2019

 

The Alexandria Library invites its community to read It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs

On WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 at 7:00pm, the Alexandria Library welcomes A.J. Jacobs!  The author of It’s All Relative will join the community at Beatley Central via a live video chat to talk about his book.

ABOUT ALL ALEXANDRIA READS
Facilitated by the Alexandria Library, this program is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title and selected books for younger readers. Join the events and discussions that relate to the themes of It’s All Relative.

ABOUT It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the Family Tree
Whimsical but also full of solid journalism and eye-opening revelations about the history of humanity, the book is a real treat.”--Booklist

“Jacobs muses on the nature of family and the interconnectedness of humanity in this entertaining introduction to the world of genealogy.”—Publishers Weekly

ALL ALEXANDRIA READS EVENTS
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for a special storytime with a guest from the Alexandria Police Department. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Fri, Apr 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
After their grandmother passes, two siblings begin an epic excavation of her belonging.

Library of Congress
Sat, Apr 27, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Join us at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building for a tour of the Local History and Genealogy Reference Services.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Sat, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
There are numerous groups and individuals that can help you with your family history research. Come to our Family History Vendor Fair and check out some of the local ones.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Sat, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
City of Alexandria demographer, Sierra Latham, will discuss the information collected by the U.S. Census, giving us a snapshot of the country’s beliefs and concerns throughout our history.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Mon, Apr 29, 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Drop by to scrapbook some of your favorite family photos. Located across from the Information Desk.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Mon, Apr 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ever wonder about your long ago family? Come learn the basics of genealogy from Chuck Mason, noted Fairfax Genealogy Society member.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Mon, Apr 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Amy Goyer is a caregiving expert and author of "Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving."

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Tue, Apr 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn how to explore your family with interviews and diagrams. Ages 8-14.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Tue, Apr 30, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Professional genealogist, Shannon Combs-Bennett, will guide you through the DNA testing process for genealogy.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 01, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meet a friendly dog and make toys for dogs who are waiting for their "forever" home. Grades 3-12.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Thu, May 02, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Come hear these women tell their stories of human culture, building bridges, and leading children.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Sat, May 04, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Star Wars Lego from Brixalot!

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, May 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn the art of Hand-Lettering. Use this modern take on calligraphy to design and create your own family tree. Supplies provided.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Sat, May 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Hatfields and McCoys have been called the most famous families in American History.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Tue, May 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join detectives from the Alexandria Police Department for a special story time featuring the book "One Family," by George Shannon.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Wed, May 08, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Alexandria Police Crime Scene Investigators, as they explain how they use science to solve crimes. Due to the nature of this presentation, it is intended for those 16 and older.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Thu, May 09, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington will use slides and personal stories to describe what is unique about doing research on Jewish families.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, May 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The band masters the style, feeling and dynamism of authentic East European Jewish music.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Tue, May 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn how genetic genealogy is helping to expand our knowledge about human migration.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, May 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virginia author Ralph Berrier will present on his book, If Trouble Don’t Kill Me, which follows the lives on Berrier’s family from the mountains of Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, May 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn more about the broader Virginian family during this year's All Alexandria Reads.

BOOKS FOR ALL AGES

PICTURE BOOKS

One Family

My family tree and me

 

CHAPTER BOOK

Harbor me

 

YOUNG ADULT

Denied, detained, deported

PREVIOUS ALL ALEXANDRIA READS SELECTIONS

 

2019

It's All Relative
A. J. Jacobs

2018

Sergeant Stubby
Ann Bausum

2017

Priceless
Robert Wittman

2016

The Astronaut Wives Club
Lily Koppel

2015

Big Stone Gap
Adriana Trigiani

 

2014

When Washington
Was in Vogue
Edward Williams

2013

Listening iS an Act of Love 
StoryCorps Project

2012

Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
William Kamkwamba

2011

The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

2010

The Geography of Bliss
Eric Weiner

 

2009

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver

2008
Marley and Me
John Grogan

ALL ALEXANDRIA READS SPONSORS

All Alexandria Reads is made possible through a generous grant from the JAMES M. DUNCAN, JR. LIBRARY FOUNATION, INC.

Additional sponsors and partners include the Friends of the Alexandria Library groups, Alexandria City Public Schools, and the following local businesses and organizations:

 

                                  Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society       

 

 

 

American Anthropological Association  Alexandria Black History Museum                       

 

 

 

        Cruise Planners  

 

 

    Mobile Art Lab       Muttigrees      Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Inc.   

 

 

 

          Northern Virginia Geocaching Organizations            PBS POV