Cultural Mosaic: A Celebration of Diversity at Alexandria Library

The Alexandria Library values diversity and inclusion that extends beyond the obvious culture, gender, ethnicity and religion to include all forms of differences. In fact, our staff represents 5 continents and speaks 20 different languages. October is National Diversity Awareness Month and the Alexandria Library is celebrating with an Open House. 

In addition to hosting storytimes, movies, bookclub discussions, staff picks and book displays; various artifacts and items from library staff’s personal cultural experiences and/or international travel have been assembled for a rotating cultural display. The cultural display will travel to each branch location for a full week during the month of October beginning at Burke, then Beatley Central, Barrett and finally Duncan. 

Rotating Cultural Display

 Burke Branch: October 5 - 10
 Beatley Central: October 13 - 18
 Barrett Branch: October 19 - 24
 Duncan Branch: October 26 - 31



Join each branch as we celebrate diversity and inclusion within our community and throughout the world!

Burke Branch

World Short Story Discussion Group | Thursday, October 1 at 7pm
This program features short stories written by authors worldwide and meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. We will be discussing selections from the book Best European Fiction 2010 edited by Aleksandar Hemon. 

Learn a Foreign Language Using Mango | Friday, October 2 at 10:30am
Are you interested in learning a new language, such as Spanish, French or Chinese? Find out how fun it can be using Mango! We will highlight several different languages in the demo. Call and sign up now at 703-746-1771! 

Family Movie - Princess and the Frog | Saturday, October 3 at 10:30am
A modern day retelling of the Frog Prince. Ambitious Tiana has dreams of opening a restaurant, but her dreams are put on hold for a bit when she meets a handsome prince and they begin a wild adventure through the bayous of Louisiana. All Ages Welcome. 

What Are Talking Books and How Do You Get Them | Monday, October 5 at 10am
Come hear about alternatives to books in print format from Kym Robertson, the Talking Books librarian. See how you can access books, magazines, newspapers, and musical scores even if you can't hold a book or even read large print type. 

LGBTQ Program | Monday, October 5 at 7 pm
Come join us for a discussion on the successes and issues facing the LGBTQ community. Community members will share their experiences.  

Movie Night – Bird Cage | Wednesday, October 7 at 4:30pm
Please join us for this 1996 comedy film named by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Funniest American Movies in which a flamboyantly gay couple pretend to be straight in order to impress the conservative man who is the father of their son's fiance.

Buffalo Soldiers | Saturday, October 10 at 1pm
Come learn about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Drumming with Kofi Dennis | Saturday, October 10 at 3pm 
Stories come alive with storytelling drummer Kofi Dennis and his African Djembe drums! 

Teen Movie – Mighty | Tuesday, October 13, at 3:30 p.m.
Two boys who are teased because of their size join forces and learn that courage comes in all sizes. Rated PG-13. 6th grade and up.

Mystery Book Club | Wednesday, October 14 at 2pm
This program is held on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 pm at the Burke Branch Library. Join us as we read and discuss A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church. 

Afternoon Book Club | Wednesday, October 21 at 2pm
Join us to honor October as Diversity month! Read and discuss The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. 

Movie Matinee – Rain Man | Tuesday, October 27 at 4pm
Please join us for this 1988 Academy Award Winning Film starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. When Charlie Babbitt goes home to the Midwest for his estranged father's funeral, he learns not only that he's been cut out of his inheritance, but that he has a grown brother who has been sheltered almost all of his life in an East Coast institution for the developmentally disabled. Popcorn included!


Beatley Central

Learn Italian with Giovanni | Tuesday, October 13 at 6pm
This Italian Course is designed for patrons to learn the basics of the Italian language for use of travel or leisure in Italy.

ART uniting People | Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm
The traveling exhibition of "Art Uniting People—A Celebration of Recovery, Creativity and Mental Health," will be on display at the Beatley Library from October 2 through October 30. On Oct. 14, Dr. Jordan S. Potash, a board certified and licensed art therapist and one of this year's judges for Art Uniting People, will lead a tour the of the exhibit, discuss the purpose of art therapy, and ask the audience to demonstrate their reactions through art and poetry. Refreshments will be served.

Genealogy Discussion: Tracing Your Roots | Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm
Join us for the genealogy discussion, Tracing Your Roots, with Special Collections Manager, George Combs.

Blockbuster Thursday - Moonstruck | Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 pm
When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives.


Barrett Branch

Intergenerational Game Day | Saturday, October 3 at 2pm
Come one and all to join in the fun at Barrett Library’s Intergenerational Game Day! We’ll have board games and card games and puzzles galore for you to enjoy while meeting neighbors from our diverse community.

Movie Night - McFarland USA | Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30pm
Inspired by the 1987 true story, the movie follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town, as they build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White, a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Let's Talk Books | Monday, October 19 at 7pm
The book for October is pulitzer prize winning, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations. 

Around the World Fair Trade with Ten Thousand Villages | Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm
Stephanie Hossfeld, outreach coordinator for Ten Thousand Villages will speak on the concept of fair trade and share stories about cooperatives throughout the world that Ten Thousand Villages works with to promote wares and improve self-sustainability.

Movie Night - Yin Shi Nan Nu = Eat Drink Man Woman | Monday, October 26 at 6:30pm
A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior. In Chinese with English subtitles.


Duncan Branch

Artistry from around the world | Saturday, October 3 at 11am
Learn about artists from around the world then make some art of your own. Paints will be provided. All ages welcome.

Author talk with Jameela Alter | Monday, October 5 at 7:30pm
Jameela Alter - born in Calcutta, India - will discuss her work which focuses on being Muslim in today's world.

Movie Matinee – I am Sam | Saturday, October 10 at 1:30pm
I Am Sam is a movie about a mentally handicapped man fighting for his custody of his 7-year-old daughter.

African Hairstyles and More | Saturday, October 20 at 3:30pm.
Hair Salon owner in Alexandria will come with her customers to show diverse hairstyles from Africa and America.

Darkness Comes Early Storytelling | Saturday, October 24 at 2:30pm.
A renowned story teller, Mrs. Dorfman will tell a Halloween Story just days away from Halloween.

Fairy Tales & Stories From Around the World | Monday, October 26 at 3:30pm
Join us for some fairy tales and stories from around the world and a simple craft. For school age children.