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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, May 14, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Fri, May 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual
Please join us for a virtual talk with the winner of the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for his debut story collection "Insurrections". Register

Sat, May 15, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Sat, May 15, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Virtual
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! Register

Mon, May 17, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

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

Tue, May 18, 11:00am - 11:40am
Virtual
Join Miss Lisa and explore our non-fiction collection with songs, stories, games and more  in a program for ages 2+.Register

Wed, May 19, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Wed, May 19, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lee-Fendell House - Lee-Fendell House
A fun way to spend a beautiful spring day is to visit one of Alexandria Library's StoryWalks.

Sat, May 22, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Mon, May 24, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Tue, May 25, 11:00am - 11:40am
Virtual
Join Miss Lisa and explore our non-fiction collection with songs, stories, games and more  in a program for ages 2+.Register

Wed, May 26, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Wed, May 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lee-Fendell House - Lee-Fendell House
A fun way to spend a beautiful spring day is to visit one of Alexandria Library's StoryWalks.

Fri, May 28, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Sat, May 29, All day
Craft Kit Pick Up - Craft Kit Pick Up
A kit with book lists, crafts and recipes to accompany our Library Explorers story times.

Sat, May 29, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Virtual
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! Register

Sat, Jun 12, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Virtual
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! Register

Sat, Jun 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Virtual
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! 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:  April 2021