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ADULT WINTER READING


To celebrate Love Your Library Month, the Library is hosting its annual Adult Winter Reading Contest.

Starting February 1st, customers are encouraged to stop by any Alexandria Library branch to learn more about the Adult Winter Reading program.

By reading one book or listening to one audiobook, you can be entered to win a gift card. You can fill out an entry form at any of the branches or participate at alexandria.beanstack.com. Maximum of five entries per customer.

Physical entries must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28, 2023. 

 

BOOK MATCH

What are your favorite types of books? What book can you not live without? 

Fill out a short questionnaire and receive a personalized list of book recommendations hand-picked by our staff.

 

GET A BOOK MATCH

 

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Browse genres, search for a title or author, review booklists and more.

 

ACCESS BOOKS AND AUTHORS

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

NOVELIST

Find book recommendations based on appeal factors, curated lists, and read-alikes for titles you enjoy.

 

ACCESS NOVELIST

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

Staff Picks for eBooks & Audiobooks

 

They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears The Alienist The Goldfinch A Mind Unraveled Manhattan Beach Dark Places

Upcoming Events
Sat, Sep 23, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Celebrate Constitution Week by working on our Signing of the Constitution community puzzle.

Sun, Sep 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Mon, Sep 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Beginning English practice for English language learners. No registration. Class held in the Burke Branch Meeting Room.

Mon, Sep 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Tue, Sep 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Tue, Sep 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Sep 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Come learn about your Medicare options -- Parts A, B & D, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap, Dual Needs Plans and Long-term care insurance.

Tue, Sep 26, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
This month we will be discussing the rise in book challenges and bannings in America, in honor of Banned Books Week which runs Oct. 1-7.Register

Tue, Sep 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Celebremos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con la instructora de tango Jessica Zappia y aprendamos los conceptos básicos del baile y la música del tango. Para adolescentes, adultos y familias.

Tue, Sep 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Lee Gjertsen Malone, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Volunteer Alexandria, will provide information on what to do in and how to prepare for an emergency situation.

Tue, Sep 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Pump up your heart beat while dancing and having fun!

Tue, Sep 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!Register

Wed, Sep 27, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Wed, Sep 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Watch the selected films at your leisure, and join the Friends of Duncan Library Film Club on the last Wednesday of the month to discuss over a virtual platform.Register

Wed, Sep 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us on the last Weds. of the month! This month, author Martha Waters will join us! Register

Thu, Sep 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Sep 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters. Click on the event title for more info!

Thu, Sep 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Sat, Sep 30, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, crafts, and food! The fiesta will take place outside in Beatley Central Library's beautiful Reading Garden. All ages.

Sat, Sep 30, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Burke Branch Meeting Room

Sun, Oct 01, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Sun, Oct 01, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a twice-monthly forum for writers to network, share moral support, and offer constructive criticism. Meets first and third Sundays. All are welcome!

Sun, Oct 01, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Write a letter or email to an author whose books have been banned or challenged. Postcards and pens will be provided.

Mon, Oct 02, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Mon, Oct 02, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Beginning English practice for English language learners. No registration. Class held in the Burke Branch Meeting Room.

Mon, Oct 02, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a screening of the documentary Judy Blume Forever in celebration of Banned Books Week.

Mon, Oct 02, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Tue, Oct 03, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Tue, Oct 03, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Tue, Oct 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Oct 03, 11:00am - 11:45am
Zoom
Join us for this virtual presentation with Keith Weimer, Librarian for History & Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and chair of the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.Register

Tue, Oct 03, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!Register

Wed, Oct 04, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Wed, Oct 04, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Wed, Oct 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Take a guided virtual tour of Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas, part of the U.S. National Park Service in El Paso, Texas with NPS Ranger J.R. Lujan.Register

Wed, Oct 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom
Join us for a free one-hour meditation class lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life! Open to everyone and all levels

Wed, Oct 04, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Elaine's Restaurant - 208 Queen Street
Celebrate your right to read during Banned Books Week. The Barrett Branch is partnering with Elaine's Restaurant at 208 Queen Street in Old Town to host. Admission is free.

Thu, Oct 05, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Thu, Oct 05, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Oct 05, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us the first Thursday of the month to discuss titles chosen by the club members!

Thu, Oct 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group making items to donate to those in need.

Thu, Oct 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Thu, Oct 05, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters. Click on the event title for more info!

Thu, Oct 05, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

Thu, Oct 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
A dedicated hour to share and critique each other's creative work

Thu, Oct 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Fri, Oct 06, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Fri, Oct 06, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us to learn about low vision resources.

Sat, Oct 07, All day
Your book shelf, favorite reading nook, or the Banned Books display at your local branch!
Share your favorite banned books!

Sat, Oct 07, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Sat, Oct 07, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Feel the rhythm in the beat and learn new Latin style dances

Sat, Oct 07, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Sun, Oct 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters. Click on the event title for more info!

Last updated:  January 2023