April Highlights

 

 

 

 

Is An Annuity Right For You? At Burke Branch
posted on April 27, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. for a class that will teach you how to assess your personal situation and follow some basic guidelines to figure out if an annuity is right for you. It will explain the different types of annuities available and their suitability for various situations. The class will also cover how to be annuity-savvy and important tips on how to shop for annuity contracts. Offered by a Master Financial volunteer from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

 

 

Beginning Italian at Beatley Central
posted on April 27, 2015

Whether you have a vacation planned or have always wanted to learn, join Beatley Central on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. for beginning Italian. This is a three week series with each week focusing on a different theme. Registration is not required. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

Identity Theft: Who's Got Your Number? at Beatley Central
posted on April 24, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. and learn how we make ourselves vulnerable to identity theft, how to protect your Social Security number from fraud, how to shop safely online, how to spot phony phishing attacks in your inbox, and what to do if you're a victim of fraud. Presented by CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union. To register, email rlaplante@alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1768.

 

 

All Alexandria Reads 2015
posted on April 23, 2015

Facilitated by the Alexandria Library, All Alexandria Reads 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 Big Stone Gap.

 

 

Duncan Branch Book Sale
posted on April 22, 2015

Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more will be available for sale. The book sale is from Thursday, April 29 - Saturday, May 2, with Thursday night being a preview night for Friends members only. Membership can be obtained at the door for ten dollars. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Duncan Branch Library. The book sale is located in the Meeting Room.

 

 

How to Plant, Plant, and Use Herbs at Burke Branch
posted on April 21, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.mm. and learn the elements of an herb garden, how to plant a successful garden, and how to use the herbs you've grown. Registration is requested; sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? Please phone 703-228-6414. Presented by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.

 

 

Tango Without Borders Dance Class at Beatley Central
posted on April 20, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Thursday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. for a Tango Dance Class, with Carina Losano, Argentine Dance Director for QuinTango. Dance lessons and light refreshments sponsored by the Alexandria Library with QuinTango and the the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

Coming Back to the Hoop -- Film at Beatley Central
posted on April 20, 2015

Join the Alexandria Film Festival and Beatley Central on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of "Coming Back to the Hoop", winner of the 2014 Audience Award. The film chronicles a local Alexandria woman as she returns to play competitive Basketball after a 40-year hiatus. Question and answer session with film star and director, Jane Pittman, after the screening. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

Snapshot Days at Alexandria Library
posted on April 15, 2015

What does Alexandria Library offer to the community? Along with libraries around the country, our locations will be capturing the impact of the library on film, for Snapshot Day. Starting at the Burke Branch on Thursday, April 16, we'll be taking photos of our events, children's performers, computer classes, business owners doing research, and more to showcase what one can expect on a typical day at Alexandria Library. 

 

 

Celebrate National Library Week
posted on April 14, 2015

Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs. Head to Alexandria Library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration.  

 

 

Jonathan Roberts: The Civil War's Quaker Scout and Sheriff
posted on April 13, 2015

Jonathan Roberts came to Virginia as a part of a Quaker effort to show slavery was not necessary for successful farms. His abolitionist beliefs made him unpopular, but he remained in Alexandria serving as Sheriff during the Civil War. Joining the Union army as a scout, he carried no weapons despite being witness to battles such as the First Battle at Bull Run. Gregory Wilson, a descendant of Roberts, has exhaustively researched his life and times. Book signing and light refreshments to follow. This free lecture program, to be held on Saturday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. is sponsored by the Friends of Local History.

 

 

Author Talk with Brigid Schulte
posted on April 13, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. as award-winning journalist for the Washington Post, Brigid Schulte, discusses her book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Books will be available for purchase.

 

 

Friends of Beatley Central Library Book Sale
posted on April 6, 2015

Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more will be available for sale. The book sale is from Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, with Thursday night being a preview night for Friends members only. Membership can be obtained at the door for ten dollars. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Beatley Central Library. The book sale is located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

 

 

 

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate & Senior Scams
posted on April 10, 2015

On Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. join Burke Branch for a presentation about passing down family heirlooms offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. This presentation will address pre-planning to designate recipients of personal belongings.

On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. join Burke Branch for an interactive session, offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, covering common financial scams and how seniors can protect themselves, especially if they suspect a family member is the fraudster.

 

 

Science Night at Beatley Central
posted on April 6, 2015

For kids ages 8-12. From treasure hunting maps to building bridges, science is AWESOME! Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. for Science Night and have a blast learning about how things work!

 

 

Hardcore Leadership at Beatley Central
posted on April 6, 2015

Leadership at its core can be a hard business. Sometimes it takes the insight gleaned from a few tough lessons to make impactful inroads on using this critical skill. Join Beatley Central on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. as Leesburg resident, army veteran, leadership coach and author Deborah L. Parker explores a model similar to military service that can facilitate achieving your leadership goals at work, home, and community. Located in the Small Conference Room.

 

 

Feelings about Adult Onset Vision Loss at Beatley Central
posted on April 6, 2015

Feelings About Adult-Onset Vision Loss on Thursday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m., presented by Janet Morrisson, Director & Low Vision Advocate, Aging Eye & Macular Degeneration Network, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. Free program, parking and refreshments! To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

Controlling Clutter at Burke Branch
posted on April 6, 2015

Too much stuff in your house? Need to get organized? Not sure where to start? Join Burke Branch on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. for a class led by the Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn easy strategies to clear clutter from your home.

 

 

Save the Date for Spring 2 Action
posted on April 3, 2015

Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online event that provides a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourages them to take action. The continued generosity of the community is needed for the Alexandria Library to provide the excellence in service and materials our residents deserve. Your donations to Spring2Action will be used to enhance our collections by purchasing books, DVDs, ebooks, and more.

 

Author Ralph Peluso at Barrett Branch
posted on March 31, 2015

Just in time for Baseball's Opening Day! Join Barrett Branch on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. as local author Ralph Peluso discusses his new book "512". The book focuses on Babe Ruth and his relationship with Commissioner Landis in Ruth's attemps "to surpass the unreachable record of 511 wins as pitcher."

 

 

 

Battle of Fort Stevens at Burke Branch
posted on March 30, 2015

In the summer of 1864, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in a deathtrap around Richmond and Petersburg. When Grant had moved south, he stripped Washington, D.C., of many well trained troops. Those that were left were primarily poorly trained reserves. Thus Lee decided to send General Jubal Early with about 20,000 troops to strike at Washington. This is the Battle of Fort Stevens. On Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. come listen to a Park Ranger from the Civil War Defenses of Washington tell us about the battle.


 

 

Marvelous Monarchs at Duncan Branch
posted on March 30, 2015

There has been a staggering decline in the numbers of Monarchs in the last decade. On Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. Sue Tate will show a short video segment about Monarch migration, discuss causes for their decline, and give practical steps to help raise their numbers in your own back yard or neighborhood.

 

 

Alexandria Library Closed on Easter Sunday, April 6
posted on March 27, 2015

Alexandria Library will be closed in observance of Easter on Sunday, April 6.

 

 

Bunny Hop at Barrett Branch
posted on March 27, 2015

Hop into spring with Barrett Branch on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. with some bunny stories, help us make carrot cake cupcakes (to take home) and more. Be ready to hop along as we dance! For children ages 3 and up. Young siblings and grownups will be invited to join in at the end of the program.