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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, Apr 13, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Sat, Apr 13, 11:00am - 11:30am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us on Saturday mornings in April for a yoga class to practice poses to help kids feel strong and brave. Ages: 4-8

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)
This event is full

Sun, Apr 14, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Mon, Apr 15, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Mon, Apr 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will use an immersive design to literally unfold around the audience. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Tue, Apr 16, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

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, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

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

Thu, Apr 18, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Thu, Apr 18, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Today's story time celebrates our All Alexandria Reads theme:courage. Ages 2+

Fri, Apr 19, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Sat, Apr 20, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

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.
This event is full

Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us on Saturday mornings in April for a yoga class to practice poses to help kids feel strong and brave. Ages: 4-8

Sun, Apr 21, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Mon, Apr 22, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Mon, Apr 22, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Make and take craft activities for ages 6+

Tue, Apr 23, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

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.

Wed, Apr 24, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Wed, Apr 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Author Justine Ireland discusses her newest Young Adult novel about a young black mage navigating race and power in America during the 1930s.

Wed, Apr 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Gather with fellow readers in the community to talk about Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, a title similar to AAR’s adult fiction pick, Black Cake, that highlights the theme of COURAGE.

Wed, Apr 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join our panel of local authors and an educator on how you can write about difficult issues. Register

Thu, Apr 25, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Thu, Apr 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual
Join participants from Alexandria and our Sister City, Dundee, Scotland, to discuss a short story by Langston Hughes that embodies our All Alexandria Reads theme of "Courage." Registration required.Register

Fri, Apr 26, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Sat, Apr 27, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Sat, Apr 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us on Saturday mornings in April for a yoga class to practice poses to help kids feel strong and brave. Ages: 4-8

Sun, Apr 28, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Mon, Apr 29, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Tue, Apr 30, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

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+

Wed, May 01, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Thu, May 02, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Fri, May 03, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Sat, May 04, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Adult Services Area
Virginia's Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's current constitution.

Wed, May 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom
Travel back in time and discover the rich history of sugar production with Dr. Brittany Merritt Nash, Assistant Professor of History at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University

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:  March 2024