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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.

Physical entries must be submitted by Monday, February 28, 2022. 

 

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

Browse genres, search for a title or author, review booklists and more.

 

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

Staff Picks for eBooks & Audiobooks

 

They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears The Alienist The Goldfinch A Mind Unraveled Manhattan Beach Dark Places

Upcoming Events
Sun, Nov 27, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Sun, Nov 27, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
It's National Novel Writing Month! Please join us in reaching the goal of 50,000 new words of fiction in 30 days.

Mon, Nov 28, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Mon, Nov 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Burke Library as an in-person event. Come join us. No registration is needed.

Mon, Nov 28, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Mon, Nov 28, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Tue, Nov 29, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Tue, Nov 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Tue, Nov 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Nov 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us on Zoom for a current events discussion on the 4th Weds. of the month. Email reflib@alexlibraryva.org to join our email list and get details on this month's topic.Register

Tue, Nov 29, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Tue, Nov 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! Register

Wed, Nov 30, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Wed, Nov 30, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Wed, Nov 30, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
The is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Canceled
Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
This class is for those who are preparing for the Citizen Exam and Interview. Ideally, you will have already submitted your N-400.

Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Have you always wanted to write a book but needed help getting started? November is "National Novel Writing Month" so what better time to start!

Wed, Nov 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Watch the selected films at your leisure, and join the Friends of Duncan Library Film Club on the last Wednesday of the month to discuss!Register

Wed, Nov 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us! Email reflib@alexlibraryva.org for info about this month's selection or to join our email list. Register

Thu, Dec 01, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Thu, Dec 01, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Thu, Dec 01, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Thu, Dec 01, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
The Thursday Afternoon Book Discussion meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome! Register

Thu, Dec 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group! Together we'll be making items to donate to those in need.

Fri, Dec 02, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Fri, Dec 02, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Fri, Dec 02, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bring in a sweater and decorate it for all your ugly sweater parties coming up this holiday season!

Sat, Dec 03, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Sat, Dec 03, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Sun, Dec 04, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Sun, Dec 04, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Mon, Dec 05, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Mon, Dec 05, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Mon, Dec 05, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Beatley Library computer area
If you know little or nothing about computers and want to learn more, this is the place to start!
This event is full

Mon, Dec 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
ESL is returning to the Burke Library as an in-person event. Come join us. No registration is needed.

Mon, Dec 05, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
This is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Tue, Dec 06, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Tue, Dec 06, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Tue, Dec 06, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Tue, Dec 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Dec 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Kate McMahon of Ten Thousand Villages on King Street (the only location in the Metro area) will explain the concept of 'fair trade" and bring sample products from all over the world.

Tue, Dec 06, 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! Register

Wed, Dec 07, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Wed, Dec 07, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Wed, Dec 07, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Beatley Library computer area
If you know little or nothing about computers and want to learn more, this is the place to start!
This event is full

Wed, Dec 07, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
This is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Canceled
Wed, Dec 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
This class is for those who are preparing for the Citizen Exam and Interview. Ideally, you will have already submitted your N-400.

Thu, Dec 08, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Thu, Dec 08, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Thu, Dec 08, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Thu, Dec 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a talk about modern Mexican art. Register

Thu, Dec 08, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Thu, Dec 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Create your own fairy jar to bring a little magic into your home! ✨

Fri, Dec 09, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Fri, Dec 09, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Sat, Dec 10, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Sat, Dec 10, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 11:00am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Start your Saturday doing good. Join the Barrett Branch walking and litter pickup club.

Sat, Dec 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Citizenship gives you many rights including the right to vote and sponsor a family member to immigrate to the U.S.

Sat, Dec 10, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
A special viewing of contemporary film releases.

Sat, Dec 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Sat, Dec 10, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts and feelings about all topics related to death and dying.Register

Sun, Dec 11, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Help keep someone warm this winter. We are collecting hand-made or store-bought hats, scarves and mittens. All items donated will benefit Alexandria's Community Lodgings.

Sun, Dec 11, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Sun, Dec 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Mon, Dec 12, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper! Create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. Get a kit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch beginning December 1.

Mon, Dec 12, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
ESL is returning to the Burke Library as an in-person event. Come join us. No registration is needed.

Mon, Dec 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
This is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us at the table near the teen area and make some holiday cards with us! Supplies provided. Program for teens (ages 12 and up) and adults.

Mon, Dec 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
The Friends of Duncan Library's monthly board meeting will take place virtually this month using Zoom.Register

Mon, Dec 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Please join Let's Talk Books club to read and discuss "Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times" by Katherine May. Register

Mon, Dec 12, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us for a virtual discussion of McCreary's 2019 memoir.

Last updated:  January 2022