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EVENT REGISTRATIONS

Alexandria Library presents and hosts a wide variety of events to the local community.  Our events include author talks, book clubs, STEAM/STEM activities, computer and technology classes, English conversation groups, storytimes and more.

Most of the programs at Alexandria Library do not require advanced registration. You can choose to attend a program at your convenience. Please be mindful of age and time restrictions when attending a library program.

Ticketed Programs

There are certain youth services programs that require parents or caregivers to pick up a ticket prior to the start of the program. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. These programs will include information about tickets in the event description on the calendar.

Registration Programs

Programs that require advanced registration may contain a purple registration box on the event calendar that allows for online registration.  Other programs may require you to register by email, phone or by filling out a form at the library.  Online registration start dates may vary by age and program but are usually available a month in advance.

 

 

REGISTER

In order to register for an event you may need:

  • First & Last Name
  • Library Card Number & Pin
  • Email Address

 

 

 MANAGE EVENTS

 

 

 

WAIT LIST

If there is a wait list for an event, an email address is required. This allows the registration system to notify you when a spot has opened up.

Failure to include an email address may result in being skipped for the next person on the list.

 

 

MANAGE YOUR EVENTS

If you choose to use your library card number on your registration form you can login and manage your event registrations from the library website.

You do not have to have a library card in order to attend events.

 

 

CANCELLATIONS

If you can no longer attend an event, please call or email the contact person for the event to cancel your registration.

If you included your library card number, you can also cancel your registration online.

 

 

THIRD PARTY

Library programs may be presented by non-library organizations. These organizations may require you to register in advance.

With these events, there will be a link to the organization's website where you need to follow their rules for registering.

 

Upcoming Events
Sun, Jun 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
New venue Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Bring your crafting projects and enjoy the company of other makers with our monthly group!

Sun, Jun 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this documentary screening during Pride Month 2019.

Mon, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
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. No registration.

Mon, Jun 17, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time designed for kids with intellectual and physical disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. Ages 2-12. Registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - 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, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Are you interested in welcoming butterflies to your garden?

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Yoga fun for ages 12-23 months. Get a class form May 20-31 at the Barrett Youth Services desk. Group size is limited--if necessary names will be selected from all forms submitted.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, finger play and songs! Ages 1-4 with adult.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories and activities for ages 2 and up with a caregiver. Younger siblings are welcome to come along for the fun. Please choose to come either Tuesday or Wednesday each week.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
The Immigrant Alexandria Project is an ongoing oral history project conducted by the Office of Historic Alexandria.

Tue, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Celebrate Pride Month by making your own Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging. Ages 13+.

Tue, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
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.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Google is more than its search engine. Learn how you can harness some of its most popular applications.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Yoga fun for ages 12-23 months. Get a class form May 20-31 at the Barrett Youth Services desk. Group size is limited--if necessary names will be selected from all forms submitted.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for fun-filled music, rhymes and movement to increase your baby's visual literacy and language! Ages 0-18 months with adult.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories and activities for ages 2 and up with a caregiver. Younger siblings are welcome to come along for the fun. Please choose to come either Tuesday or Wednesday each week.

Wed, Jun 19, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. Who was General Tso and how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine?

Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Who knew?!?! A treasure trove of information about Alexandria (and the Commonwealth) can help you tell your family’s history or share you neighborhood’s story.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Once more, Coach, Williebob & Boogie Bennie get our summer off to a rocking start.

Thu, Jun 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Explore art history with a story time and a process focused project inspired by a famous artist. Ages 3-6. All supplies provided. Registration required. Contact Vanessa at vsalo@alexlibraryva.org

Thu, Jun 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Rated R.

Thu, Jun 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This library-sponsored program is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Fri, Jun 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Come join us for a time to play, discover, explore, and learn. We'll sing, explore with our senses, read a story and allow kids time to discover, play and learn. (Ages 18 months-5 years)

Fri, Jun 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Yoga activities for babies ages 6 weeks to 11 months and their grownups. No registration required.

Fri, Jun 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
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. No registration.

Sat, Jun 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn why weeds like your lawn/garden, what you can do to encourage or discourage their presence, and even which ones you can eat. Remember, a weed is just a wildflower in the wrong place!

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Groovy Nate creates fun and educational shows using exotic musical instruments, interactive movement, and puppet skits. All ages. Space is limited to the first 74 participants.

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Experience the excitement of Carnaval with joyful rhythms from different traditions. All ages with an adult.

Sat, Jun 22, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Interested in building your confidence in use of the English language?

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a screening of "Going Down Slow: A Southern Noir," written and directed by author Eryk Pruitt, which will be followed by a discussion with writer Eryk Pruitt.

Sun, Jun 23, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. For ages 0-11 months.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Nate combines a unique blend of music, puppet skits, interactive movement, and comedy into one groovy experience for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jun 24, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. For ages 0-11 months.

Mon, Jun 24, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Nate combines a unique blend of music, puppet skits, interactive movement, and comedy into one groovy experience for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
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. No registration.

Mon, Jun 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center - Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center
My Reptile Guys deliver an awesome reptile experience that are fun, educational, and totally interactive. All ages.

Mon, Jun 24, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time designed for kids with intellectual and physical disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. Ages 2-12. Registration required.

Mon, Jun 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL class for intermediate English speakers held every second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

Rescheduled
Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
New date Monday, June 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Free ESL class for intermediate English speakers held every second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Alexandria Oddball Cinema as they celebrate Pride Month with the classic John Waters film, "Pecker."

Mon, Jun 24, 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Documentarian couple Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols travel to fifteen countries meeting with LGBT+ leaders to discuss the challenges and triumphs of working for equality in the developing world.

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

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

Tue, Jun 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Marc "Boogie Woogie Bennie" Capponi, David "Coach" Cotton, and Patrick "Williebob" Williams of the local children’s band Rocknoceros will be at Duncan!

Tue, Jun 25, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Marc "Boogie Woogie Bennie" Capponi, David "Coach" Cotton, and Patrick "Williebob" Williams of the local children’s band Rocknoceros will be at Duncan!

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Grammy winning children's singer. In English & Spanish.

Tue, Jun 25, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Marc "Boogie Woogie Bennie" Capponi, David "Coach" Cotton, and Patrick "Williebob" Williams of the local children’s band Rocknoceros will be at Duncan!

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a discussion of Richard Ford's novel "Canada".

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a screening of the 2018 film "Can You Ever Forgive Me" starring Melissa McCathy, nominated for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Actress. Rated R.

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Discover the beauty and importance of rain forests and meet some animals that live in this habitat. Ages 6-12 only.

Tue, Jun 25, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Practice sitting and listening while we read fun stories and do an easy craft. For ages 3+ with a caregiver.

Tue, Jun 25, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
"Aliens Escape From Earth" Recommended for ages 6+

Tue, Jun 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Practice reading out loud to a friendly dog. Grades 1-6. Registration required. Call 703-746-1783 to register for a time slot.

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Face-off against friends or family while playing our wide selection of board games and card games! All ages with adult.

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Tim States, financial advisor with CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union Financial Network, will discuss investment strategies used to get optimal returns.

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to make yarn out of unexpected materials, such as T-shirts and plastic bags. We'll provide some supplies, but feel free to bring your own. Ages 13 and up.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sing along with Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Attend a brief presentation about how to be safe on the Internet.

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
It wouldn't be summer without a visit from our favorite preschool magician! Ages 2+

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for fun-filled music, rhymes and movement to increase your baby's visual literacy and language! Ages 0-18 months with adult.

Wed, Jun 26, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sing along with Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Attend a brief presentation about how to be safe on the Internet.

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
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.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Did you know that a spacesuit is actually a mini-spacecraft and not just cool clothes? Join us as a member of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division shares the science of spacesuit design.

Wed, Jun 26, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Enjoy bedtime stories in Duncan's children area every Wednesday. Bring your pajamas and teddy bears. Ages 2-8.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
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.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A fresh look at the must-have basic sources and notes about effective research methods will get you started and keep you going.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
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.