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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 Thursday, February 29, 2024. 

 

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, 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.
Registration is now closed

Sat, Apr 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Discover the world of chakras and techniques to cleanse them while deepening your connection with your body's innate wisdom and intuition 🧘
Registration is now closed

Sun, Apr 21, 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, Apr 21, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Mon, Apr 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
English conversation practice for English language learners. No registration required.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Apr 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join the Local History Special Collection team for the third session of the virtual genealogy workshop series as we take a deeper dive into the archives to identify additional genealogical sources. Register

Mon, Apr 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join us online to view and discuss two short documentaries from The Story of Stuff envisioning the community health of neighbors helping neighbors. This is the last discussion in a 4-part series. Register

Canceled
Tue, Apr 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Tue, Apr 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join staff from Alexandria City's Stormwater Management Division to learn what you can do to protect and improve water quality and mitigate flooding. Registration Required.Register

Tue, Apr 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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, Apr 24, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Enjoy weekly sessions with other fiber artists. Share your projects or learn new skills. Quilting tutorials will be provided on 1st Wednesday of every month. No registration is required.

Wed, Apr 24, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a film screening of the 2024 Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress.

Wed, Apr 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

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
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! Click on the event title for more details.Register

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

Canceled
Thu, Apr 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Apr 25, 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.

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

Thu, Apr 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Our Mahjong group uses the American rules variation developed from the ancient Chinese game. Meetings are from 2-4 PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Registration is limited and required.
This event is full

Thu, Apr 25, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Don't miss the screening of this 2023 Academy Award Winning film: winner of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

Thu, Apr 25, 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, Apr 25, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Thu, Apr 25, 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 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Apr 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Fri, Apr 26, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us virtually to learn more about air quality and the steps you can take to improve air in your home. Register

Fri, Apr 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us to screen a new 2024 twist on the modern classic "Mean Girls."

Sat, Apr 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Start your Saturday doing good. Join the Barrett Branch walking and litter pickup club.

Mon, Apr 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
English conversation practice for English language learners. No registration required.

Mon, Apr 29, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Apr 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join the Local History Special Collection team for the final session of the virtual genealogy workshop series where you will learn how to adequately organize and document your findings. Register

Canceled
Tue, Apr 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Wed, May 01, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Enjoy weekly sessions with other fiber artists. Share your projects and see others. Quilting tutorials will be provided on the first Wednesday of every month. No registration is required.

Wed, May 01, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
virtual - virtual
Join us on May 1, 2024, Law Day, and learn about Intellectual Property rights and processRegister

Wed, May 01, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom
Need some zen to help you wind down after a long day? 🧘‍♀️

Canceled
Thu, May 02, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, May 02, 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.

Thu, May 02, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Do you have afternoons available? Join us at the library for some coffee, confections, and conversation about the titles book club members have picked!

Thu, May 02, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group making items to donate.

Thu, May 02, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Thu, May 02, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Thu, May 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
⭐ Please email Ally Zomchek at azomchek@alexlibraryva.org if interested in joining ⭐

Thu, May 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Fri, May 03, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sat, May 04, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sat, May 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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!

Sun, May 05, 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, May 05, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sun, May 05, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Hear from Stephen and Jackie Martin, descendants of Morris Murray, one of participants in the 1939 Library Sit-In, to commemorate the 85th Anniversary of this historic civil rights protest.

Last updated:  January 2024