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CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY

Hours & Location
Mon, Jul 22 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 23 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jul 24 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jul 25 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 26 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 27 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jul 28 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Address
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria
VA 22304
Tel: 703.746.1702
Fax: 703.746.1763
About the branch

Parking: The library has a large parking lot with 175 spaces.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: King Street Station (Yellow & Blue Lines 3.2 miles); Van Dorn Station (Blue Line 2.1 miles)
  • Metrobus: 8Z, 29K, 29N, 21A, 25B
  • DASH Bus: AT7, AT8

Upcoming Events
Mon, Jul 22, 10:00am - 10:45am
Nannie J. Lee Rec Center
Experience side-splitting comedy, astonishing levitations, baffling vanishes, and more! Ages 6-12. At Nannie J. Lee Rec. Center, 1108 Jefferson St.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Small Conference Room
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Carlyle House
Join us on the tented Magnolia Terrace to learn about historic Alexandria through stories and activities. Please arrive early, space limited. Ages 4-8 with adult. Carlyle House: 121 N Fairfax St.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join instructor Wendy Harper for an evening of yoga under the setting sun. Bring your mat. Chairs will be available for those who prefer seated yoga.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Small Conference Room
Free ESL class for intermediate English speakers held every second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

Rescheduled
Mon, Jul 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
New date Monday, July 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free ESL class for intermediate English speakers held every second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Make slime! Choose from a variety of slime types, including basic slime, soft slime, fluffy slime, and crunchy slime. Supplies and instructions will be provided. Ages 6-12 only

Tue, Jul 23, 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.

Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, they embroidered constellations on fabric. Join us to recreate these traditions in celebration of 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Ages 13+.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Small Conference Room
Attend a brief presentation about how to be safe on the Internet.

Wed, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Small Conference Room
Attend a brief presentation about how to be safe on the Internet.

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bring the whole family for an evening of creative play with Legos. Just bring your imaginations, we have loads of Legos and Duplos! All ages with adult

Canceled
Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Experience side-splitting comedy, astonishing levitations, baffling vanishes, and more! Ages 6-12 only.

Fri, Jul 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling. Ages 0-5

Fri, Jul 26, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling. Ages 0-5

Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Join us every other Friday for a game day for teens & tweens. We have board games, video games, and other fun gadgets to play with. Ages 11-19.

Fri, Jul 26, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Charles Barrett Rec Center
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling. Ages 6-12. At Barrett Rec. Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Join the Alexandria Arlington Regional Gaming Group (AARGGH) in a Grand Gaming Melee. Bring games you want to play, or come without games and play what others bring.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:30am - 2:30pm
Story Room
About to take the SAT? Come take a practice exam to see what it’s like! Ages 13-18.Register

Sat, Jul 27, 11:00am - 11:45am
Picture Book Area
Stories, music, and movement for the entire family. All ages with adult.

Sat, Jul 27, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Small Conference Room
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

Sat, Jul 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.

Sun, Jul 28, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Small Conference Room
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Sun, Jul 28, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Alexandria Library will celebrate 225 years with a Living History performance of Frederick Douglass and a legislative proclamation supporting our history. Birthday cake will be served! All ages.

Mon, Jul 29, 10:00am - 11:00am
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Picture Book Area
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jul 29, 11:30am - 12:30pm
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Mon, Jul 29, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Carlyle House
Join us on the tented Magnolia Terrace to learn about historic Alexandria through stories and activities. Please arrive early, space limited. Ages 4-8 with adult. Carlyle House: 121 N Fairfax St.

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

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 11:00am
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

Tue, Jul 30, 11:30am - 12:30pm
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Tue, Jul 30, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Every other Tuesday, Beatley Central Library will pop up video games for teens to play. Join us to play some of the fun new games on X-box. Ages 13-19.

Tue, Jul 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Use your imagination and our supplies to make projects about science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Ages 8-14.

Wed, Jul 31, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Small Conference Room
Staying safe online is essential in today's world. Learn Internet safety tips to keep yourself protected.

Wed, Jul 31, 10:00am - 11:00am
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

Wed, Jul 31, 10:30am - 11:15am
Picture Book Area
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jul 31, 11:30am - 12:30pm
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Wed, Jul 31, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Story Room
Flex your creative skills by making a craft to take home! Crafts change for every program. All ages with adult

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 11:00am
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

Thu, Aug 01, 11:30am - 12:30pm
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Fri, Aug 02, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Want the inside scoop on the upcoming books? Come and learn about the Fall and Winter book releases.

Sat, Aug 03, 11:00am - 11:45am
Picture Book Area
Stories, music, and movement for the entire family. All ages with adult.

Sat, Aug 03, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Small Conference Room
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

Sat, Aug 03, 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.

Sat, Aug 03, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Join us a for a day of revelry, cosplay, fandom, and other activities as we celebrate all that is Space and Sci-Fi.

Sun, Aug 04, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Join us for this free documentary screening.

Sun, Aug 04, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Small Conference Room
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.

Sun, Aug 04, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Picture Book Area
Violin sing-along and stories with Miss Stacy and Adrian playing violin! Ages 1-6

Mon, Aug 05, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Aug 05, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Understand the basics of DSLR cameras.

Tue, Aug 06, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Aug 06, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Aug 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for fun hands-on high-tech and low-tech activities with a focus on making and creativity. Ages 8-14 only

Tue, Aug 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Share your projects, tips and ideas, and enjoy the company of other crafters while you do your craft of choice.

Tue, Aug 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Story Room
Interested in entering the For Love of Country Essay & Poetry Contest? Join us for pizza as we go over the contest topic and give tips on writing poems and essays. Rising grades 7-9.