Alexandria Library's Birthday Bash Saturday, September 8th!

Happy Birthday Alexandria Library

In honor of Alexandria Library's opening to the public at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch in 1937, our four branches will feature guest performers and events that will keep all ages entertained and engaged on Saturday, September 8. Join us for a day of fun and festive activities as we commemorate our 75th birthday. With autumn and the school session underway, our party will bring in the season!

Beatley Central Branch

Learn about e-readers and more!

Couponing Workshop at 10 a.m. Laura Harders, the "Beltway Bargain Mom", offers frugal tips.

Tech Zoo at 11 a.m. Technology fans will love "petting" or sampling a variety of digital e-readers to learn more about the latest gadgets. Or, bring your own e-reader for hands-on help about downloading ebooks. 

Senator Ebbin's Presentation of Commending Resolution SJR231 from noon to 1 p.m. State Senator Adam Ebbin will present the resolution that recognizes Alexandria Library's 75th anniversary.

Project Natale -- D.C. jazz ensemble



Project Natale at 1 p.m. This D.C. jazz ensemble will charm the crowd with live instrumentation on the upright bass, drums, tenor sax and piano. 

Interactive Drum Performance at 3 p.m. Ghanian musician Kofi Dennis will lead an interactive drum performance as he shares stories for all ages.



Barrett Branch

Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy good quality used books and media and support the Friends of the Barrett Branch Library. Hardcover books, DVDs and CDs will be $3; paperback books and VHS tapes will be $2.


Time Travel Alexandria from 11 a.m. to noon Time travel back through Alexandria's history with Photo Librarian Julia Downie. Explore our history through archival photos from the turn of the 20th Century through the 1950s. To register call 703-746-1714 or email (A Barrett Branch and Special Collections joint event.) 

1937 Time Travel Book Club from 3 to 4 p.m. Turn back time and come discuss the books our founders would have been reading! Of Mice and Men, The Hobbit, The Years, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Death on the Nile are just a few of the classics that were first published in 1937. To register, call 703-746-1714 or email

Duncan Branch

Alexandria Fire Department visits the library

Firemen and Fire Truck Visit from 10:30 to  11:30 a.m. All ages can learn more about fire safety and education. 

Irish Breakfast Band from 11 a.m. to noon Del Ray's local band will entertain us with Celtic tunes.

Shazam Magic from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Magician Peter Wood will perform and amaze us with his bag of tricks.



Burke Branch

Magician Joe Romano visits Burke Branch Library

Cartoon Artist Todd Sprow All Day Todd will transform guests with face painting.


Magician Joe Romano at 11 a.m. Joe will dazzle the crowd with magic and illusions.

Buddie Ford Nature Center at 2 p.m. The Center will showcase their exotic animals.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Check out photos of the event on our Facebook Page.