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ADULT WINTER READING

To celebrate Love Your Library Month, the Library is hosting its annual Adult Winter Reading Contest.

Starting February 1st, customers are encouraged to stop by any Alexandria Library branch to learn more about the Adult Winter Reading program.

By reading one book or listening to one audiobook, you can be entered to win a gift card. You can fill out an entry form at any of the branches or participate at alexandria.beanstack.com. Maximum of five entries per customer.

Entries must be submitted in by Thursday, February 28 at 9 p.m. Winners will be notified the following week.

 

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

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

 

ACCESS BOOKS AND AUTHORS

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

NOVELIST

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

 

ACCESS NOVELIST

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

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EVENTS
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Thu, Apr 25, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Help the Carefull Knitting group transform trash into useful treasure! Spend fifteen minutes or an hour converting plastic bags into plastic yarn that can be used to make waterproof sleeping mats.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Thu, Apr 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Join us to learn the basics of using a computer with an overview of Windows and Microsoft Office 2010 applications. Also find out the best strategies for locating information on the Internet.

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.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Sat, Apr 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm
This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Apr 27, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Clare Jayne, a member of VP Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps will provide an overview of climate change, how it will affect each of us and practical steps everyone can take to address it.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, Apr 27, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in use of the English language?

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.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sat, Apr 27, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us every Saturday in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages, children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Apr 27, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Join us as we watch through the known Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the final installment this April. This week's feature film is Avengers: Infinity War. Rated PG-13.

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.

Roth and Colvin Streets, Alexandria
Sun, Apr 28, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Join Alexandria Library and over 70 other organizations for a fun family and pet friendly block party! Located at Roth and Colvin Streets, with parking at Bishop Ireton High School.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sun, Apr 28, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sun, Apr 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Please join us for a Newcomer's Open House. We will offer information for people who are new to our community.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English Classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 29, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights.

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.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

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 - Small Conference Room
Tue, Apr 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Apr 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

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.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Apr 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for this film screening during Arab American Heritage Month.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 01, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films.

Canceled
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Wed, May 01, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free ESL class for beginner English speakers held every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, May 02, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Thu, May 02, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Thu, May 02, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
This discussion group meets on the first Thursday of each month. All are welcome!

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.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, May 04, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in use of the English language?

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sat, May 04, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us every Saturday in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages, children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

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.

Local History/Special Collections
Sun, May 05, 10:00am - 11:30am
Join Mark Livingston of the Capital Jewish Museum on a guided walking tour of Jewish Alexandria.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sun, May 05, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join our new book club!

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, May 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, May 06, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we watch through the known Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the final installment this April. This week's feature film is Ant-Man and the Wasp. Rated PG-13.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Mon, May 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Jesse Lambertson of the Georgetown University Law Library as he discusses his top five recommendations for digital freedom. There will be time for questions after the presentation.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, May 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, May 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Tue, May 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A ranger with the National Parks Service will discuss the history of Hawaiians in the American Civil War.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, May 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Share your projects, tips and ideas, and enjoy the company of other crafters while you do your craft of choice.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Tue, May 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for this free presentation from the Newseum's Education Division. NewseumED reaches over 11 million students, teachers and lifelong learners around the globe.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Wed, May 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join us for a live-stream event from Google!

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by joining us for a discussion of Vaseem Khan's mystery novel, the first in the Baby Ganesh mystery series.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bill Young, co-creator of MPnature.com, will stop by to teach you about the wildlife in our local Monticello Park, and how to use his website to get the most out of your wildlife watching experience.

Canceled
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Wed, May 08, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free ESL class for beginner English speakers held every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.

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.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, May 09, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Thu, May 09, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

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
Fri, May 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, May 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Join the Asian Plus book club as they compare Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Howard Jacobson's Shylock Is My Name.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, May 11, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in use of the English language?

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sat, May 11, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us every Saturday in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages, children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, May 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Sat, May 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Giant Foods nutritionist, Min, explains how certain foods can be used to control inflammation.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sun, May 12, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Mon, May 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, May 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Mon, May 13, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free ESL class for intermediate English speakers held every second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Duncan Kitchen
Mon, May 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join the Friends of Duncan Library for their monthly meeting! These meetings are open to the public. Learn more about what the Friends do, become a member, and get involved!

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Mon, May 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Barrett Branch Library's monthly book club to read "Convenience Store Woman" by Sayaka Murata.

Rescheduled
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Mon, May 13, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
New date Monday, May 13, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free ESL class for intermediate English speakers held every second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, May 14, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, May 14, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Tue, May 14, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by joining us for a discussion of Amy Tan's classic novel.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Tue, May 14, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by joining us for a film screening of Amy Tan's classic novel.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, May 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for our monthly business meeting and learn how to become more active with the Friends.

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.

- La Casa Restaurant, 4551 Duke Street, Alexandria
Tue, May 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us at La Casa Restaurant at 4551 Duke Street, Alexandria, as we discuss "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Wed, May 15, 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Internet has become an essential part of any job search. It can be difficult to know where to begin.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Duncan Book Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Canceled
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Wed, May 15, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free ESL class for beginner English speakers held every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Wed, May 15, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This presentation briefly recounts South Korea’s history, modern development, the ascendance of culture, and how those experiences inform its journey into the 21st century.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, May 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Thu, May 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Thu, May 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Instructors from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead this introductory class on Chinese watercolor painting. Space is limited to 12. Registration is required.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Thu, May 16, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Instructors from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead this introductory class on Chinese watercolor painting. Space is limited to 12. Registration is required.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Thu, May 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality. Rated R.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, May 16, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This library-sponsored program is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, May 17, 10:00am - 11:30am
Join us to learn the basics of using a computer with an overview of Windows and Microsoft Office 2010 applications. Also find out the best strategies for locating information on the Internet.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Fri, May 17, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us for a panel discussion about transportation resources for people with disabilities.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, May 17, 3:15pm - 6:00pm
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Sat, May 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Join local attorney Erin Smith from The Smith Firm PLLC as she presents on the ins and outs and getting through traffic court.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, May 18, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in use of the English language?

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sat, May 18, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us every Saturday in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages, children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

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.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, May 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, May 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films!

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Mon, May 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The president of the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society will share an overview of the ancient art of bonsai, introduce some basic bonsai techniques, and dispel some common myths.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Tue, May 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by joining us for a screening of this 2017 film.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, May 21, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Would you like some ideas to improve your resume or a writing project? One-on-one help is available through a free program called "Writing Triage: Quick Fixes in 30 Minutes or Less!"

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Tue, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Alexandria Library has a Friends of the Library group at each branch. The Barrett Friends meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the library at 717 Queen Street.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tue, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join our special guest Disa to learn about the history of origami and try your hand at your own creations.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Tue, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Face-off against friends or family while playing our wide selection of board games and card games! All ages with adult.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Come practice your English language skills with others in friendly conversations. Free and open to the public. No registration is required; drop-in when you can.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Wed, May 22, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn more about the migration habits of Monarch Butterflies! A community member will share her recent experience following the butterflies to Mexico for the winter.

Canceled
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Wed, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free ESL class for beginner English speakers held every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Thu, May 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Alexandria Library's Local History/Special Collections Branch has a wide range of resources to help you investigate the history of your home.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, May 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, May 25, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in use of the English language?

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sat, May 25, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us every Saturday in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages, children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

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.