December Highlights



Alexandria Library Needs Your Help
posted on December 28, 2015

In 2015, the City of Alexandria agreed to a matching grant, known as the 50-50 Plan, to support the Library’s materials budget. For every tax-deductible dollar you donate to the Alexandria Library Foundation, the City of Alexandria will match it, up to $50,000.



Noon Year's Eve at Barrett Branch
posted on December 26, 2015

Start your First Night at Barrett Branch on Thursday, December 31, starting at 10 a.m.! Performances by "Groovy Nate" and "The Great Zucchini", make a Noon Year's hat, and join in at 11:55 AM for a countdown to "Noon Year" with music & a balloon drop! All ages invited, but especially appropriate for children ages 2 and up.



Alexandria Library's Mobile App, AlexLibVa, is temporarily unavailable
posted on December 28, 2015

Alexandria Library's mobile app for Apple devices (AlexLibVa) is currently unavailable. Android and Apple users may continue to use our BookMyne app available in Google Play and iTunes



Remembering William F. Smith
posted on December 23, 2015

Alexandria Library thanks Mr. William F. Smith for his many years of dedicated service as a member of the Alexandria Library Board. A native Alexandrian, Mr. Smith co-authored "A Seaport Saga: Portrait of Old Alexandria, Virginia" with local historian T. Michael Miller.



Downton Abbey at Beatley Central
posted on December 23, 2015

It's that time of year. Beatley Central is showing the latest season of Downton Abbey to get you excited for the final season that starts in January 2016! Tea and biscuits will be provided. Located in the Large Meeting Room. 



Curl up with Alexandria Library
posted on December 22, 2015

We've got eBooks, eAudiobooks, Digital Magazines & Digital Music to keep you entertained by the fire. 



Adult Winter Reading Program
posted on December 17, 2015

Alexandria Library’s Adult Winter Reading Challenge is played like regular bingo. Complete activities listed on the bingo card and once you have completed five activities in a row (either across, down, or diagonal) you can turn in the card for a chance to win a prize. 



Kids Winter Reading Program
posted on December 17, 2015

Escape the cold this winter and snuggle up with a book! Pick up a Winter Reading log at your local Alexandria Library and receive stickers for reading. Read 5 books by February 14 to get a prize.



Holiday Hours at Alexandria Library
posted on December 17, 2015

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25, for Christmas. All libraries will be open on Thursday, December 31, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will be closed on Friday, January 1.




STEAMivity at Beatley Central
posted on December 17, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, December 22, at 2 p.m. and get creative with fun hands-on activities! We will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with programs that allow kids to create creatively. Today we will making crazy keyboards with Makey Makeys! Ages 8+. No registration required, but please arrive early as space is limited to 20 participants.




System Upgrades at Alexandria Library
posted on December 9, 2015

Alexandria Library will be performing system upgrades Monday-Thursday, December 14-17. During this time customers will not be able to access accounts to place holds or renew. All due dates have been extended to December 21. For questions regarding your account please contact your local branch library. 




Explore the Natural World at Burke Branch
posted on December 9, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Thursday, December 17, at 2 p.m. and learn about the fascinating world of turtles. Did you know that turtles date back around 220 million years? Making it one of the oldest groups of reptiles - older than snakes, lizards or crocodiles.There are more than 325 species of turtles - all unique in their own way. Come meet a few who will travel from the Buddie Ford Nature Center to meet you.



Duncan Open House
posted on December 9, 2015

Enjoy the music of the Irish Breakfast Band at the Duncan Open House. Build Gingerbread Village from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Drop-in. All ages.



Coloring for Adults at Beatley Central
posted on December 9, 2015

Are you feeling stressed over the holidays? Take a time out and join Beatley Central on Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. for an adults only coloring program. Located in the Large Meeting Room.




Senior Scam and Identity Theft Prevention at Burke Branch
posted on December 7, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Thursday, Decemer 10, at 7 p.m. for an interactive class that will help you recognize different types of scams and red flags that are out there as well as ways to reduce your potential for identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen. Presented by Master Financial Volunteers from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.Pre-registration is required; please sign-up at



Strategies to Maximize your Independence at Beatley Central
posted on December 7, 2015

Join the Low Vision Resource Group on Thursday, December 10, at 1:30 p.m. as guest speaker, LaToya Shumate, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVA) shares strategies to maximize your independence. To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the Large Meeting Room.



eDevice Workshop for the Holidays at Barrett Branch
posted on December 3, 2015

Join Barrett on Monday, December 7, from 7-8 p.m. and try out various e-readers that you may be contemplating purchasing as a holiday gift. Items will include: IPads, Nooks, Kindles, etc.



#GivingTuesday at Alexandria Library
posted on December 1, 2015

After two days of shopping, you can join the nation as people devote a day to give back. Be part of the #UNselfie movement on #GivingTuesday, December 1, by donating to the Alexandria Library Foundation. Your support will help provide materials and help enhance Library services.






A New Hope at Duncan Branch
posted on November 30, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m. and watch the one that started it all. The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader -- hold Princess Leia hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. Come as your favorite Star Wars character! 







Rain Barrels and Stormwater at Burke Branch
posted on November 30, 2015

Interested in saving the environment, living "green", and protecting the Chesapeake Bay? Stormwater runoff is the number one cause of pollution of our streams today. The use of rain barrels and other types of green infrastructures help to decrease the volume of storm runoff and pollutants contained in that runoff, which in turn, helps to moderate stream erosions and the resulting pollution that is impairing the Chesdapeake Bay. Join Burke Branch on Saturday, December 5, at 11 a.m. and learn how to make your own rain barrel. Program is presented by a Civil Engineer from the City's Stormwater Management Division.





Booksale and Open House at Barrett Branch
posted on November 25, 2015

Please join Barrett Branch on Saturday December 5th from 10:00-4:00pm for our Book Sale and Open House. Hundreds of DVDs, CDs, and gently used books will be for sale. While shopping for books be sure to check out the Library's new look; new lighting, carpeting and paint give the building a fresh new image. Activities for all ages will be going on all day - including making holiday cards to give to veterans and Music from the GWMS choir.





Cinema Series at Duncan Branch
posted on November 25, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Wednesday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. for their Cinema Series film screening of "Libeled Lady." In this 1936 classic, a newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. Staring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Spencer Tracy. Please call 703-746-1705 for more information.



Handmade Holiday Card-Making at Alexandria Library
posted on November 24, 2015

Alexandria Library is collecting Handmade cards for donation to the residents of the DC Old Soldiers’ home, one of two retirement homes for veterans in the U.S. Join us at for a special card-making program at each Library location. Make one for yourself and a veteran! For all ages, registration is NOT required. Supplies and examples will be provided.