A Celebration of Diversity: Alexandria Library Open House

The Alexandria Library values diversity and inclusion that extends beyond the obvious culture, gender, ethnicity and religion to include all forms of differences. In fact, our staff represents 5 continents and speaks 20 different languages. October is National Diversity Awareness Month and the Alexandria Library is celebrating with an Open House. In addition to hosting storytimes, movies, bookclub discussions, staff picks and book displays; various artifacts and items from library staff’s personal cultural experiences and/or international travel have been assembled for a rotating cultural display. The cultural display will travel to each branch location for a full week during the month of October beginning at Burke, then Duncan, Barrett and finally Beatley Central.

Join each branch as we celebrate diversity and inclusion within our community and throughout the world!


Burke Branch  October 5-11

Cultural Display
Visit the traveling cultural display at Burke Branch all week long. 

Matinee Movie -- Monday, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m.
After discovering that he is the son of Poseidon, a dyslexic teen sets off on an adventure to end a feud between the gods.

Tuesday Tots -- Tuesday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. for ages 1-4
Come and enjoy the magic of stories from different cultures!

Matinee Movie -- Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m.
The film is based on the true story of a 1971 high school football team in Virginia during their first year of desegregation. The lead actor is an African American who uses sport to help his players work through racial conflicts. The love of one sport brings a segregated community together as a whole!

Stories with Baba Jamal -- Thursday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. for ages 3 and up
Gather around the Story Man and prepare to be enchanted. Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram brings storytelling alive with the history, humor, music and lore of Africa and African- American cultures.

Duncan Branch  October 12-18

Cultural Display
Visit the traveling cultural display at Duncan Branch all week long. 

Duncan Book Club -- Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
The Duncan book club will discuss "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.

Children's Story Time -- Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.
Story Time in Spanish.

Special Children's Story Time -- Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.
Origins of jazz, rhythm and rhyme

Wedding in Different Cultures: Story Sharing -- Monday Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Join Duncan Branch in an evening of story sharing about wedding traditions in different cultures. In the spirit of sharing, bring a story about weddings in your culture to share.

Resistive Technology and College Success -- Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Join Dr. Landeros Dugourd from Northern Virginia Community College for a talk on how resistive technology can help students with disabilities accomplish their college goals.

Barrett Branch  October 19-25

Cultural Display
Visit the traveling cultural display at Barrett Branch all week long. 

Beatley Central  October 26-31

Cultural Display
Visit the traveling cultural display at Beatley Central all week long. 

Science of Codes -- Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. for ages 8-12
Join Science Night as we learn about the Navajo Code Talkers and design your own secret code. 

Pre-K Story Time, Cultures Around the World -- Thursday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Books include Dim Sum for Everyone, Nino Wresles the World, and more!

Harvest Festivals Around the World Parade -- Friday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. 
Kids parade around the library in costumes from around the world.