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ALL ALEXANDRIA READS 2024

 

Celebrate "COURAGE" this year with All Alexandria Reads!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Celebrate "COURAGE" this year with All Alexandria Reads! In 2024, we are highlighting two titles. Brave the Wild River, a nonfiction story by Melissa Sevigny, describes the expectation-defying journey of two female botanists to document the plants of the Grand Canyon. Black Cake, a novel by Charmaine Wilkerson, tells the story of an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.

From March 8 through May, join us for a wide range of special programs and events for all ages, both virtual and in-person. Look for our brochure at your local Alexandria Library branch in mid-March.

All Alexandria Reads is made possible through a generous grant from the James M. Duncan, Jr. Library Foundation, Inc.

ABOUT ALL ALEXANDRIA READS
Facilitated by the Alexandria Library, this program is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title and selected books for younger readers.

ALL ALEXANDRIA READS EVENTS
Sat, Mar 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Do you love plants and/or looking to start or grow your collection? Find new friends and new plants by bringing house plants and cuttings to swap!

Wed, Mar 20, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us for a virtual discussion of the nonfiction pick of this year's All Alexandria Reads. The 2024 AAR theme is courage. Register

Mon, Apr 01, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Curious about black cake and other Caribbean food? Try samples from Ruby's Jamaican Kitchen and learn about Jamaican cuisine.

Tue, Apr 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Have you been itching to learn about boxing, but don't know where to start? It can take a lot of courage when jumping into a new activity! Join us to learn the basics of boxing.

Tue, Apr 02, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
In celebration of the All Alexandria Reads theme of Courage we are diving into different aspects of courage all month with themed stories and a craft. Ages 3+ with a caregiver. Recommended Ages 3-5

Wed, Apr 03, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us to learn more about native perennials, woody plants, and grasses that bloom during summer.Register

Mon, Apr 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join us to face worthy opponents on Nintendo Switch’s Mario Kart. Do you have the courage to compete with us?

Mon, Apr 08, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Virtual via Zoom - Virtual via Zoom
Join us via Zoom to discuss the fiction pick for this year's All Alexandria Reads theme of courage! Register

Tue, Apr 09, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
In celebration of the All Alexandria Reads theme of Courage we are diving into different aspects of courage all month with themed stories and crafts. Ages 3+ with a caregiver. Recommended Ages 3-5

Wed, Apr 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Dearest Teens, you are coordially invited to a Spill the Tea, hosted at the Barrett Branch. Afternoon tea attire, though not required, is encouraged. Don't forget your fascinator & gloves! Ages 12-18

Wed, Apr 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Celebrate National Gardening Month and our All Alexandria Reads "Brave the Wild River" book choice by swapping and learning about plants with your neighbors!

Fri, Apr 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Teamwork, Creativity and Legos. Attendees will be put on a team and given a prompt with 1 hour to complete their build! Our esteemed judges will evaluate and choose a winning team. Ages 6- 12

Sat, Apr 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Join us for a guided tour of trees in our Old Town neighborhood by the Virginia Master Naturalists. Registration required as space is limited. (Rain date: Sunday April 14, same time)

Tue, Apr 16, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
In celebration of the All Alexandria Reads theme of Courage we are diving into different aspects of courage all month with themed stories and crafts. Ages 3+ with a caregiver. Recommended Ages 3-5

Wed, Apr 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
In celebration of All Alexandria Reads Middle Grade pick CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE, Abstract Artists are invited to get intergalactic. All materials will be provided. Ages 6-12 & Teens

Wed, Apr 17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us for a virtual discussion of the fiction pick of this year's All Alexandria Reads. The 2024 AAR theme is courage. Register

Wed, Apr 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join us for a talk with Melissa Sevigny, author of one of this year's All Alexandria Reads selections, "Brave the Wild River."Register

Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Watercolor painting is not as scary as you may think! Come join us to explore this art medium. This free class taught by local artists will give you the tips to create! Registration required.

Tue, Apr 23, 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Award-winning author Sydney Dunlap will discuss her novel "It Happened on Saturday" - the story of a 13-year-old girl named Julia who meets someone online who isn't who he says he is.

Tue, Apr 30, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
In celebration of the All Alexandria Reads theme of Courage we are diving into different aspects of courage all month with themed stories and a craft. Ages 3+ with a caregiver. Recommended Ages 3-5

Tue, Apr 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Do you love reading YA books? Do you wish you had others to discuss these books with? Then this is the book club for you! Ages 13+

BOOKS FOR ALL AGES


YOUNG ADULT

Rust in the Root

MIDDLE GRADE

Clues to the Universe


EARLY ELEMENTARY

The Secret of the Jade Bangle


PRE-K

The Boy Who Touched the Stars


PREVIOUS ALL ALEXANDRIA READS SELECTIONS

 

2023

The Sound of a Snail Eating
Remarkably Bright Creatures

2022

Crying in H Mart
Infinite Country

2020/2021

The Library Book
Susan Orlean

2019

It's All Relative
A. J. Jacobs

2018

Sergeant Stubby
Ann Bausum

2017

Priceless
Robert Wittman

2016

The Astronaut Wives Club
Lily Koppel

2015

Big Stone Gap
Adriana Trigiani

2014

When Washington
Was in Vogue
Edward Williams

2013

Listening iS an Act of Love 
StoryCorps Project

2012

Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
William Kamkwamba

2011

The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

2010

The Geography of Bliss
Eric Weiner

2009

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver

2008
Marley and Me
John Grogan

2024 ALL ALEXANDRIA READS SPONSORS

All Alexandria Reads is made possible through a generous grant from the JAMES M. DUNCAN, JR. LIBRARY FOUNDATION, INC.

Additional sponsors and partners include the following local businesses and organizations:

Last Updated:  February 2024