March Highlights

 

 

 

Meet the author: Fred Knops
posted on April 21, 2017

Come and meet Fred Knops, the Alexandria resident, who has written a tour book of Old Town Alexadria and donated his proceeds from book sales to Alexandria charities. 

 

 

 

 

Who the #$%% is Jackson Pollock (Rated PG-13)
posted on April 26, 2017

The true story of a woman who buys a painting for $5 at a thrift shop that might be an authentic work by Jackson Pollock. Her ensuing 15-year ordeal with the art world’s experts shows how art is bought and sold. Rated Pg-13. (Barrett Branch)

 

 

 

Live Author Talk with Robert K. Wittman
posted on April 17, 2017

The Library hosts Priceless author, Robert K. Wittman for a presentation of his most intriguing cases. Wittman will also discuss his book and his work as an investigator for the FBI. (Lee Center) 

 

 

  

Spring Book Sale at Duncan Branch
posted on April 21, 2017

Friends of Duncan Library Book Sale - Sunday is the Bag Sale. (Duncan Branch)

 

 

 

 

Love Your Pet Day Block Party
posted on April 17, 2017

Local business will host a kick-off event, food trucks, children's entertainment, demostrations, and info tables along with a block party route to engage the city's pet lovers. 

 

 

 

 

Italian For Tourists (Ages 18+)
posted on April 21, 2017

Planning a trip to visit the fabulous art museums in Italy? Join a member of the Barrett staff, who is a native Italian speaker, to brush up on essential phrases for touring Italy. (Barrett Branch)

 

 

 

 

 

Controlling Clutter
posted on April 21, 2017

This interactive class from the Virginia Cooperative Extension will help you to get YOUR life organized. Topics will include: tools like the "clutter emergency card" to help decide what to keep and what to get rid of, advice on how to reduce junk mail and other paper clutter, and the different types of filing systems. (Burke Branch)

 

 

 

 

Plan, Plant, and Use Herbs
posted on April 17, 2017

Learn elements of an herb garden and tips for planting a successful garden. Now that you're growing it, what are you going to do with it? Come and explore the uses of herbs for cooking and crafting. Presented by Master Gardener Sally Baker of the Virginia Cooperative Extension.(@Burke Branch)

 

 

 

 

Author Talk with Claudia Kalb
posted on April 17, 2017

Author Claudia Kalb will be discussing her book Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities(@Beatley Central)

 

 

 

 

Author Talk with Bianca Bosker
posted on April 17, 2017

Bianca Bosker, award-winning journalist, has written about food, wine, architecture, and technology for publications such as The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. Her latest book Cork Dork recounts her experience and training to be a sommelier in New York.(@Beatley Central)

 

  

Alexandria Libraries Are Closed on Sunday, April 15
posted on April 10, 2017

All Alexandria Libraries are closed on Easter Sunday, April 15. 

 

 

 

Movie Matinee: the Monuments Men
posted on April 10, 2017

Based on a true story of WW II platoon tasked with going into Germany to retrieve artworks stolen by the Nazis and return to their owners. Starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon. Rated PG-13, Copyright 2014, Columbia Pictures.(@Barrett Branch)

 

 

   

Scooby Doo Film Festival
posted on April 10, 2017

Join us for an all day Scooby Doo Festival. Popcorn & snacks will be served!(@Duncan Branch)

 

 

  

Be a Crime Scene Investigator with the APD
posted on April 10, 2017

Alexandria City Police Officers teach us how to process a crime scene and look for clues. See if you can solve the mystery of the missing library card!(@Beatley Central)

 

  

 

Inova Blood Drive
posted on April 10, 2017

The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot of Beatley Central Library from 11am to 3pm on Friday, April 14. The blood drive is first-come, first-served.(@Beatley Central)

 

   

Hands-On History of Animation Workshop
posted on April 8, 2017

Join artist Leila Cabib and learn how to make three optical toys – thaumatropes, zoetrope strips, and flip books – and learn about the history, science, and art of two-dimensional animation. (@Beatley Central)

 

   

 

 

Inside the Royal Tombs of Sipan
posted on April 8, 2017

In Priceless, Robert Wittman recovers a stolen artifact of the Moche civilization of Peru. Now it resides in a permanent exhibit at the National Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. See a presentation from Mercedes Morales Kelly, who worked closely with the lead archaeologists and provided official tours of the museum.(@Beatley Central)

 

   

 

 

 

John Frankenheimer's The Train
posted on April 8, 2017

In August 1944 the Allied army is closing in on Paris. German commander and art fanatic Colonel Von Waldheim steals a vast collection of rare French paintings and loads them onto a train bound for Berlin. When a beloved French patriot is murdered while trying to sabotage Von Waldheim's scheme, Labiche, a stalwart member of the Resistance, vows to stop the train at any cost.(@Duncan Branch)

 

 

  

 

"Plein Air" Sketching Workshop (Ages 18+)
posted on April 6, 2017

Have you been curious about "plein air" (outdoor) sketching but didn't know where to start and what tools you need? Come give it a try with two local artists using simple materials that make great plein air sketching tools. All materials provided. Space is limited and registration is required.(@Barrett Branch)

 

   

Make Your Own Masterpiece
posted on April 6, 2017

Paint a masterpiece at this Teen Art Program using canvas board and acrylic paints. (@Duncan Branch)

 

 

  

Community Resource Fair
posted on March 29, 2017

Please join us at Beatley Central Library on Saturday, April 8, from 11am-5pm for a community resource fair. Non-profit and civic groups will be on hand to provide information about local social services, health services, workforce development, and much more!(@Central Beatley)

 

  

Support the Capital Area Food Bank
posted on March 29, 2017

Support the Capital Area Food Bank by donating non-perishable items to your local library branch from April 3 though April 14. 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2 Action with Alexandria Library
posted on March 29, 2017

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.

 

 

 

Great Artists Coloring for Adults
posted on March 29, 2017

Enjoy a relaxing evening by coloring the paintings of famous artists. All supplies provided (Ages 18+)  (@Barrett Branch)

 

 

  

Construct the Mercury Capsule
posted on March 29, 2017

On the first two Mondays in April, we will build the capsule in preparation for the talk by Carolyn Jackson Lewis, whose mother, Mary Jackson was part of the engineering team who built the Mercury capsule that launched American into space. (@Duncan Branch)

 

 

 

Introduction to the Legal System and Research
posted on March 29, 2017

Interested in learning how to conduct your own legal research, but don't know where to start? This hour long class will provide a basic overview of the U.S. legal system and research strategies. (@Law Library)

 

  

 

 

Women In Virginia History
posted on March 29, 2017

Women of three very different parts of the Atlantic world helped to create our earliest history. This talk will focus on the Algonquin women of the James and Potomac River Valleys, the English women who came as indentured servants or wives of male settlers, and the West African women who would eventually be enslaved. (@Burke Branch)

 

    

Local History and Special Collections Tour
posted on March 29, 2017

History / Special Collections the first Saturday of every month. Learn about the importance of Alexandria in Virginia history and about resources available for researching your ancestors or home. (@Special Collections)