August Highlights




Parent Cafe
posted on August 22, 2017

Be Strong Families Parent Cafés are safe, non-judgmental opportunities for parents to have conversations about what it means to keep their children safe and families strong. Based on the Five Protective Factors that have been shown to help strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect,  (Beatley Central)



Mystery Book Club
posted on August 17, 2017

Find out what's so funny with Donald Westlake's 14th Dortmunder classic caper novel where the world of crime and criminals get turned upside down. Please join us for a discussion of Donald Westlake's "What's So Funny?." (Burke Branch)



Paperback book clearance sale
posted on August 14, 2017

Paperback, CD, and DVD Clearance Sale only. (Burke Branch)



Eclipse in the park @ Ben Brenman Park
posted on August 14, 2017

Join Alexandria Library at Ben Brenman park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive, to watch the solar eclipse! We will be handing out eclipse viewing glasses on a first come, first served basis, providing snacks, and sharing the science behind the eclipse. (Beatley Central)





An author talk with Nancy Lawson
posted on August 14, 2017

Nancy Lawson, a naturalist and columnist for All Animals magazine, will talk about her recent book, The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. Lawson shares the wisdom of bringing your backyard into balance with nature and the creatures that inhabit it. (Barrett Branch)




Managing the herb garden
posted on August 12, 2017

What's next for the herb garden? Learn how to keep your herb garden going through good maintenance and occasional replanting. Learn tips and techniques to use and preserve all the herbs you've just pruned including how to flavor your own vinegars.(Burke Branch)




Writing triage with Vera Pastore
posted on August 9, 2017

Would you like some ideas to improve your resume or a writing project? Help is available through a free program called "Writing Triage: Quick Fixes in 30 Minutes or Less!" Professional editor Vera Pastore from Word Choreography will briefly review your project and offer suggestions. (Beatley Central)



1939 Sit-In anniversary exhibit display
posted on August 8, 2017

Local History/Special Collections Branch and the Kate Waller Barrett Branch will host the anniversary of the 1939 Sit-In Exhibit on display to honor Samuel W. Tucker.(Barrett Branch)


Uno, dos, tres, con Andres
posted on August 7, 2017

Join Grammy-winning children’s musician Andrés for an interactive musical performance in English and Spanish. (Barrett Branch)


Daytime astronomy: preparing for the Eclipse
posted on August 7, 2017

Cal Powell, a member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC), will present a talk on the upcoming “Great American Eclipse.” He will discuss the nature of a solar eclipse, what to expect here in Northern Virginia, and how to safely view the event.(Beatley Central)


Teen Survey
posted on August 7, 2017

DTell us how we can improve our Teen Space at Beatley Central Library! (Beatley Central)


Tales & Ales: book club @ Portner Brewhouse
posted on August 4, 2017

Join us for our first ever Tales&Ales book club. This book club will meet at Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria. (Beatley Central)


Get healthy!
posted on August 4, 2017

Teen Master Food volunteers teach children about how their bodies work, how to make healthy food choices, and how to prepare a healthy snack.  (Beatley Central)


Butterfly Guy
posted on August 4, 2017

Join butterfly guy for a special butterfly related craft. (Duncan Branch)


Make a Pinhole camera
posted on July 28, 2017

Get ready to view the August 21 solar eclipse by making your own pinhole camera. Instructions and supplies will be provided. (Barrett Branch)


Tax Free Weekend
posted on July 27, 2017

Virginians can shop tax free the weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 4-6, 2017, for school supplies, clothing and footwear. 



I Love My Librarian Award
posted on July 27, 2017

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.



Local History and Special Collections tour
posted on July 26, 2017

Come learn about the unique treasures held at the Local 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)



Edible architecture
posted on July 26, 2017

In this dynamic workshop, budding architects will plan and build structures using critical thinking and physics. (Burke Branch)