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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
Thu, Aug 18, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Thu, Aug 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form.

Thu, Aug 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual meeting the third Thursday of each month! For 2022 we are discussing selections from The Civically Engaged Reader, a Great Books Foundation collection.Register

Thu, Aug 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join local author Brendan Slocumb for a discussion of his debut novel.

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
The Prevention of Blindness Society is hosting a monthly virtual book club this summer.

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
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!

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sat, Aug 20, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sat, Aug 20, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
A special viewing of recent film releases.

Sun, Aug 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sun, Aug 21, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
This session goes over situational awareness, responding to conflict before it gets physical, and using the environment to your advantage.

Sun, Aug 21, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Alexandria Library partners with the Alzheimer's Association's National Area Chapter to bring you a quarterly support group at Beatley Central Library.

Sun, Aug 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Textbooks will be provided for use at the library. Come join us! All are welcome. No registration is needed.

Mon, Aug 22, 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, Aug 22, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Wendy Harper returns to lead the popular Yoga in the Reading Garden.

Tue, Aug 23, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Tue, Aug 23, 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, Aug 23, 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

Rescheduled
Wed, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
New date Wednesday, August 31, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
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.

Wed, Aug 24, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us for a virtual discussion of "Sigga of Reykjavik" by Solveig Eggerz. Register

Wed, Aug 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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, Aug 24, 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.

Wed, Aug 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Interested in writing? This is the group for you. We will meet twice monthly to discuss our work, give each other constructive feedback, and grow in our craft.

Thu, Aug 25, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Thu, Aug 25, 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, Aug 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Join representatives from Alexandria's Health, Police, EMS, and Fire Departments as they discuss the mental health among public health workers and first responders since 2020. Register

Fri, Aug 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
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!

Sat, Aug 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together! 

Sun, Aug 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Textbooks will be provided for use at the library. Come join us! All are welcome. No registration is needed.

Mon, Aug 29, 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, Aug 29, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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, Aug 30, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 30, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Join us every other Tuesday whenever your schedule allows; no need to register in advance. This group is open to all who are navigating the challenges of caring for a loved one.

Tue, Aug 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!

Tue, Aug 30, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Tune it to watch this encouraging documentary about one woman's vision to draw attention to the ocean plastic problem and reclaim ocean refuse for good. Register

Tue, Aug 30, 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

Canceled
Wed, Aug 31, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
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.

Wed, Aug 31, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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, Aug 31, 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.

Wed, Aug 31, 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

Canceled
Wed, Aug 31, 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.

Thu, Sep 01, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

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

Thu, Sep 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.

Thu, Sep 01, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form.

Last updated:  January 2022