August Highlights


Nominate Your Favorite Alexandria Librarian Today!
posted on August 28, 2014

Show your appreciation by nominating an Alexandria Library librarian for the 2014 "I Love My Librarian Award." The award encourages library users like you to recognize exceptional staff accomplishments. Express how you think your favorite librarian is improving the lives of the people in the Alexandria community.


Dogged Determination at Burke Branch
posted on August 28, 2014

Join Selena Orona, Director of Metamorphosis Art & Enrichment Center, as she shares the story of George, a dog determined to find his bark. Along the way George has some laugh out loud fun as he discovers not only his voice, but an oink, a moo and a cock-a-doodle do, too! Matisse inspired art project will follow the story. Space is limited. Please call the Burke Branch Library at 703-746-1773 to reserve a space. Ages 3-5 only.


Storytime at Alexandria Library
posted on August 26, 2014

From newborn to elementary school, Alexandria Library has your storytime covered. 


Alexandria Library Closed Labor Day Weekend
posted on August 25, 2014

Alexandria Library will be closed Saturday through Monday, August 30-September 1 in observance of Labor Day. 


Canning 101 and Fall Vegetable Gardening at Burke Branch
posted on August 19, 2014

Get ready for the fall with two upcoming programs at Burke Branch Library.


K-9 Demo at Beatley Central
posted on August 18, 2014

Come meet an Alexandria police officer and his police dog on Monday, August 25, at 11 a.m. They will do a demonstration and answer questions from the audience. All ages welcome. No registration required. This program will be outside, weather permitting.


Readers' Advisory Week at Beatley Central
posted on August 18, 2014

A week of activities at Beatley Central to highlight reading and readers' advisory at the library. For more information call 703-746-1751.




75th Alexandria Library Sit-In Anniversary
posted on August 15, 2014

The public is invited to join Alexandria Library in recognizing this significant local event. The program will feature keynote speakers Frank Smith, Ph.D., Director, African American Civil War Museum and Patricia Timmons-Goodson, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) and who is a newly appointed Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil Rights. Visitors can also enjoy music, children’s activities, food and refreshments, gift bags, and more on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314!



Yes, You Can Raise Financially Aware Kids
posted on August 12, 2014

Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. for a workshop on helping your children appreciate the value of a dollar. Understanding how to raise financially aware kids is important so that children learn what they can do with money early in life. By forming good financial habits early, your children and grandchildren can apply what they learned at home as they grow to face financial expectations in the adult world. 



Personalized Book Recommendations During Readers' Advisory Week
posted on August 11, 2014

Fill out this form between August 11-15 and a librarian will email you personalized recommendations during the week of August 18. The more information provided about your reading tastes, the more personalized our suggestions can be! Surveys must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15. For more information, call 703-746-1751. For readers 16 and up.



Paperback Booksale at Burke Branch
posted on August 11, 2014

Come buy paperback books at very low prices at this sale sponsored by the Burke Branch Friends. One day only! Saturday, August 16, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Samuel W. Tucker After the Sit-in
posted on August 11, 2014

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m., as local historian Sarah Becker discusses the life of Samuel W. Tucker after the sit-in that took place at the Barrett Library in 1939.



Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners at Burke Branch
posted on August 7, 2014

Are you new to word processing? Get started on creating and formatting documents, such as letters, flyers and resumes, using Microsoft Word 2010 by joining Burke Branch for a hands-on class. Please call to register at 703-746-1704 x3. Space is limited.



Beginner Genealogy Discussion Group at Beatley Central
posted on August 6, 2014

Do you know your roots? Don't know how to get started? Got started but hit a wall? Join Beatley Central at 7 p.m. on the following Wednesdays for the genealogy discussion group: August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5, and December 10.



Around the World With Alexandria Library
posted on July 28, 2014

Learn about travel and language resources available from the Alexandria Library. Come to the Barrett Branch on Monday, August 4 at 7 p.m. for a presentation on Mango Languages, Eyewitness online travel guides, and other materials to help you plan your vacation or learn a foreign language.



Discover Space Lecture at Beatley Central
posted on July 28, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. for a special Discover Space lecture from Cal Powell on "Nebulas and Clusters and Galaxies, Oh My!" which will include a collection of meteorites. This event is for adults and children. Cal Powell is a member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC), the International Planetarium Society, the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society and he is a Life Member of the Westport (CT) Astronomical Society.