April Highlights



Original Moonlighters Band at Burke Branch Library
posted on April 24, 2016

Join Burke Branch on Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. and blast off with our atomic-powered band as we take you on a groovy time trip back to another era not so long ago. (All Ages)



Robotics Challenge at Duncan Branch Library
posted on April 24, 2016

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. and work with a roboticist to develop your own unique robotic creation. Compete for bragging rights. No experience necessary. Ages 9-14. Registration is required. Program will be held in the Young Adult area.




Mad Science at Beatley Central Library
posted on April 24, 2016

Join Beatley Central on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. and see how exciting and amazing science can be with a performance from Mad Science that is perfect for preschoolers and young grade schoolers.





Vegetable Gardening at Beatley Central Library
posted on April 22, 2016

Join Beatley Central on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. for a program emphasizing best management practices to manage and maintain a healthy garden. Topics covered include the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to identify them; how crop rotation and intercropping can help control the challenges of garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques. Register at www.tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE.




NASA Speaker at Barrett Branch Library
posted on April 22, 2016

Join Barrett Branch on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. for a free lecture by NASA's James Schier of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Schier will discuss the past, present and future of human space exploration and space communications from the Mercury missions to the ongoing planning for the human journey to Mars in the 2030's. 




Music Group Project Natale at Fireflies
posted on April 20, 2016

Kick off All Alexandria Reads at an Alexandria Library sponsored music performance at 7 PM by Project Natale Jazz Quartet at Fireflies on 1501 Mt Vernon Ave, in Alexandria, Del Ray. A representative from the library will be there to tell you all about the sponsored title, The Astronaut Wives Club and other special events the library is sponsoring for this month. Call the Duncan Branch Information Desk for more information at (703) 746-1781.



Maryland Science Center Presents "Science Unscripted"
posted on April 20, 2016

Join Burke Branch on Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m. for amazing science demonstrations by Maryland Science Center that include liquid nitrogen, biochemistry, combustion reactions and more. (Ages 6-12)



Duncan Branch Booksale
posted on April 18, 2016

Join Duncan Branch for its Spring Book Sale, April 20-23, where thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more will be available for sale. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Duncan Branch Library. Located in the Meeting Room.





STEAMtivity: Photography at Beatley Central
posted on April 18, 2016

Come get creative with fun hands-on activities! Join Beatley Central on Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. as we explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with programs that allow kids to create creatively. Today we will be taking and editing photographs with our iPad Minis! Ages 8+. No registration required, but please arrive early as space is limited to 20 participants. 




Snapshot Days at Alexandria Library
posted on April 15, 2016

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 Law Library on Tuesday, April 19, 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.




Survival at the Edge of Space at Burke Branch
posted on April 14, 2016

How do high altitude pilots and astronauts survive at the edge of space? Join Burke Branch on Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m. as a NASA representative provides an exploratory look at density in space. (Ages 6-13)






Introduction to Proposal Writing at Beatley Central
posted on April 14, 2016

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, this free class at Beatley Central on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m., will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. An optional 30 minute exercise will be provided after class for developing a proposal outline. Presented by The Foundation Center of Washington. Advance registration at the Foundation Center is requested at http://ow.ly/YHvwW.



Low Vision Resource Group at Beatley Central Library
posted on April 11, 2016

Join the Low Vision Resource Group for a program that addresses low vision issues. Free program, parking and refreshments! To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the Large Meeting Room.




Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016
posted on April 8, 2016

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.




Spring 2 Action with Alexandria Library
posted on April 7, 2016

You can make a difference! Donate on or before April 20 during this year's Spring 2 Action drive. Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online event that provides a way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourages them to take action. Your donation to the library will be used to enhance the library's collections by purchasing books, DVDs, eBooks, and more.




All Alexandria Reads
posted on March 28, 2016

Facilitated by the Alexandria Library, this program 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 this year's selection, The Astronaut Wives Club.






Reclaim Your Space at  Barrett Branch
posted on March 28, 2016

Are you planning on downsizing to a smaller place? Join Barrett Branch on Thursday, April 7, at 2 p.m. as professional organizer Mary Malmberg offers helpful steps to start organizing: questions to ask yourself when deciding what to do with your things, tips for getting organized and staying that way, as well as some fun facts about stuff. Contact 703-746-1721 for more information.




Eco-City Alexandria & Green Building Practices at Barrett Branch
posted on March 28, 2016

Join Barrett Branch on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. for a presentation on Eco-City Alexandria and learn how to build or renovate your home with earth friendly practices. Presented by the Office of Environmental Quality. 






Tangent Artists at Duncan Branch
posted on March 28, 2016

Do you love comics and want to create your own? Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. and learn from professionals at the Tangent Artists Writing & Illustrating Comics Workshop. No registration.






Get to Know Your Special Collections Tour
posted on March 28, 2016

Join Local History/Special Collections on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. for an orientation to the many and varied resources available for your research: genealogy, house history, Alexandria events, the Civil War, the colonial period, special reports, photographs, maps and much more.