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ADULT SUMMER READING


How to participate

Don't let the kids have all of the fun! Join in from May 26, 2020 to September 6, 2020 for a chance to win prize. One Book = One Entry. Read or listen!

 

VIRTUAL BOOKMARK

 

While the library is closed you can fill out the virtual bookmark.

The virtual bookmark will be emailed to a librarian who will enter you into the drawing.




 

LOG ON BEANSTACK

 

Since you are already online, try signing up for an account with Beanstack and enter your books there for the prize drawing.

Entering your own books in Beanstack gives you ann 11th entry into the drawing.




Looking for something to read?

 

BOOK MATCH

Book Match

What are your favorite types of books? What book can you not live without? 

Fill out a short questionnaire and receive a personalized list of book recommendations hand-picked by our staff.

 

GET A BOOK MATCH

 

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Books and Authors

Use the Who, What, Where, When tool to discover books matched to your mood or interests.

 

ACCESS BOOKS AND AUTHORS

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

NOVELIST


Novelist


Find book recommendations based on appeal factors, curated lists, and read-alikes for titles you enjoy.

 

ACCESS NOVELIST

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

EVENTS
Fri, Sep 25, All day
Virtual
A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Maryellen's™ era this September!

Fri, Sep 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes. Registration required. Register

Canceled
Fri, Sep 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Ms. Katie will read excerpts from several commonly-challenged young adult books for Banned Books Month. This read out will heavily feature titles concerning Equality, Social Justice, Race & Sexuality.

Sat, Sep 26, All day
Virtual
Celebrate Banned Books Week by recreating a scene from your favorite banned or challenged children’s or YA book, using marshmallow Peeps and other craft supplies! Ages 5-18. Registration required.Register

Sat, Sep 26, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Swing by Beatley Central Library anytime between September 15 and October 15 to pick up a bag of craft supplies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6-12.

Sat, Sep 26, All day
Virtual
A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Maryellen's™ era this September!

Sat, Sep 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Virtual
Learn a few tricks to brighten your fall table!Register

Sun, Sep 27, All day
Virtual
A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Maryellen's™ era this September!

Mon, Sep 28, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Swing by Beatley Central Library anytime between September 15 and October 15 to pick up a bag of craft supplies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6-12.

Mon, Sep 28, All day
Virtual
A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Maryellen's™ era this September!

Mon, Sep 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Virtual
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Register

Mon, Sep 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Yoga in Daily Life joins us via Zoom for our Monthly meditation class. Grab your yoga mat, and get ready to relax! Register

Mon, Sep 28, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Virtual
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding.

Tue, Sep 29, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Swing by Beatley Central Library anytime between September 15 and October 15 to pick up a bag of craft supplies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6-12.

Tue, Sep 29, All day
Virtual
A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Maryellen's™ era this September!

Tue, Sep 29, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual -
Join us on Tuesdays at 10 AM for virtual Stories and Songs!Register

Tue, Sep 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Sep 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Venetta for Virtual Baby Time now on Tuesdays at 11AM! Register

Tue, Sep 29, 11:00am - 11:40am
Virtual
Let's explore the Alphabet, 1 letter at a time with stories, music and more. Recommended for ages 2+Register

Tue, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual -
Join Miss Katie on Zoom for two stories and a craft every Tuesday at 4 PM. Register

Tue, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Celebrate Banned Book Week by testing your knowledge of books that were banned or censored with a game of trivia. Ages 8-14. Registration is required.Register

Tue, Sep 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
We will offer information about local services for people who are new to the community.

Tue, Sep 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Tue, Sep 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Shireen Lewis, the founder of EduSeed’s SisterMentors program, and some of the women and girls who have participated in this transformative program. Register

Wed, Sep 30, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Swing by Beatley Central Library anytime between September 15 and October 15 to pick up a bag of craft supplies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6-12.

Wed, Sep 30, All day
Virtual
A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Maryellen's™ era this September!

Wed, Sep 30, 10:30am - 11:45am
Virtual
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss. Register

Wed, Sep 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom with a special guest from Alaska! We'll sing songs and listen to a story about what we can see from our windows. Designed for ages 2 to 4, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Sep 30, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Yoga+Great Picture Books= Storytime Fun!Register

Wed, Sep 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual
We will offer information about local services for people who are new to the community.

Wed, Sep 30, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual -
Middle School Book club is for ages 10+ . We will meet virtually once a week to discuss the assigned book. Register

Wed, Sep 30, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Children’s books can help us open conversations with our kids about challenging topics. Join us during this five-week series as we explore different social justice issues. Registration required.Register

Wed, Sep 30, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join us for a collection of themed stories to enjoy in your favorite pajamas with your favorite librarians!Register

Wed, Sep 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom
Dr. Douglas Reed joins us to talk about his book, "Building the federal schoolhouse : Localism and the American Education State."Register

Thu, Oct 01, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Swing by Beatley Central Library anytime between September 15 and October 15 to pick up a bag of craft supplies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6-12.

Thu, Oct 01, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
On October 6, 2020 the Alexandria Library’s RB Digital eBooks and eAudiobooks will be transferred over to Overdrive & Libby. Register

Thu, Oct 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
A special story time for our local preschools, but all families are welcome to join in. Books that we read count for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.Register

Thu, Oct 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet group! Register

Thu, Oct 01, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
The Alexandria Library is hosting a Virtual Banned Books Read-Out on Zoom!

Thu, Oct 01, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual discussion of the following two stories: "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and "Spiderweb" by Mariana Enriquez.Register

Fri, Oct 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
Cesar Carbajal, a third-generation popotillo artisan, will discuss and demonstrate the Mexican straw painting tradition. Register