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ALL ALEXANDRIA READS 2021

 

The Alexandria Library invites its community to read The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

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. Join the events and discussions that relate to the themes of The Library Book.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY BOOK
In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

ALL ALEXANDRIA READS EVENTS
Fri, Apr 02, All day
Virtual
Welcome to First Friday Craft Feature! In honor of All Alexandria Reads we will be reading "Waiting for Biblioburro" and completing a craft! Pick up your craft kit through Duncan Curbside!

Tue, Apr 06, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Virtual
Flap your wings and learn all about owls with us! Featuring our feathered friends the Barn, Screech, Great Horned Owls. Recommended for Ages 6-12. Register

Wed, Apr 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
In honor of All Alexandria Reads we will be reading "Suggested Reading" by Dave Connis. Register

Wed, Apr 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone.Register

Thu, Apr 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
A special event for 2021's All Alexandria Reads program. The L.A. County Library Fire wasn't a wildfire, but many more buildings each year are lost to wildfires in the American West. Register

Fri, Apr 09, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest and Fold3 to uncover your history.Register

Sat, Apr 10, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying. Register

Mon, Apr 12, 9:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Libby experts from Overdrive are hosting training sessions to help you access our library’s digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks.Register

Mon, Apr 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Virtual
This program is recommended for teens and will feature work from our Young Adult Collection. Register

Tue, Apr 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Learn more about what to do after you finish that manuscript! Register

Tue, Apr 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Please join us online to discuss this year's All Alexandria Reads selection "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. Register

Wed, Apr 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
In honor of All Alexandria Reads we will be reading "Suggested Reading" by Dave Connis. Register

Thu, Apr 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Public Prosecutor Bryan Porter gives a talk on his book, "The Parable of the Knocker." Register

Fri, Apr 16, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Your photos, documents, audio and video files require special care to keep them usable into the future. Learn how to do it with this class.Register

Fri, Apr 16, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
This month Scribble Book Club will dive into "Ban This Book" by Alan Gratz. Pick up your copy through a Duncan Curbside appointment. Recommended for grades 2-5Register

Sat, Apr 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
All Alexandria Reads is hailing teen library lovers! Build your own library of bookish treats. First we'll make dessert books and then you can recreate the covers of your most beloved.
Registration opens Monday, March 1 2021 at 9:00am

Mon, Apr 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
On April 29th, 1986, the L.A. County Library's Central Library was engulfed in flames. What else happened that day?Register

Tue, Apr 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a night of storytelling for adults and seniors. Register

Wed, Apr 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. This month we will be reading a special selection for All Alexandria Reads!Register

Thu, Apr 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Just as investigators in "The Library Book" sought clues to understand the damage of the L.A. Public Library fire, help examine how trees in your area are withstanding climate and habitat changes. Register

Fri, Apr 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Looking for a new book to read and not sure where to start? Learn to use Novelist and Books & Authors to find your next read! Register

Sun, Apr 25, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Virtual
Ready your ingredients and get ready to bake along at home! Learn how to make a delicious cookie themed for All Alexandria Reads. Register

Mon, Apr 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
This special lecture from the Deputy Director Emerita at Smithsonian Libraries is part of All Alexandria Reads. Check out a copy of "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean from your local library branch!Register

Tue, Apr 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a night of storytelling for adults and seniors. Register

Wed, Apr 28, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Featuring All Alexandria Reads Books that are best enjoyed after dark! Bring your favorite blanket and coziest pajamas for these extra special bed time stories! Register

Wed, Apr 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
In "The Library Book" volunteers helped in the fire damage recovery. For AAR, learn to prepare for and respond to an emergency situation in your community. Part of the Upgraded and Grounded series.

Fri, Apr 30, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of online accounts you have? Learn about digital minimalism and how to declutter digital tools. Register

Fri, Apr 30, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
This month Scribble Book Club will dive into "Ban This Book" by Alan Gratz. Pick up your copy through a Duncan Curbside appointment. Recommended for grades 2-5Register

Tue, May 04, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a night of storytelling for adults and seniors. Register

Mon, May 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a night of storytelling for adults and seniors. Register

BOOKS FOR ALL AGES

See the complete list here.


PICTURE BOOKS

The Midnight Library

Waiting for the Biblioburro


 

CHAPTER BOOK

 Ban this book



 

YOUNG ADULT


Suggested reading


PREVIOUS ALL ALEXANDRIA READS SELECTIONS

 

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

2021 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:

 

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Last Updated:  February 2021