December Highlights

   

Holiday Closure: New Year's Day 2017
posted on December 15, 2016

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Sunday, January 1 & Monday, January 2. 2017.

 

   

"Noon Year's Eve"
posted on December 22, 2016

Start your First Night at Barrett! Our third annual bash includes performances by "Groovy Nate" and "The Great Zucchini"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.

@Barrett Branch 

   

Downton Abbey Marathon
posted on December 21, 2016

Join us for our final Downton Abbey Viewing Marathon. We'll be screening Season 6 from 2-5 PM and reminiscing about our favorite moments. Refreshments provided.

@Beatley Central

 

   

Holiday Closure: Christmas 2016
posted on December 15, 2016

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Christmas Day on Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26.

 

   

 

 

Teen 11th Hour Holiday Maker Rescue 
posted on December 15, 2016

Did you forget to get a gift for your mom for the upcoming holiday? Fear not! Make her day by turning her trash into art. In this craft, we’ll transform plastic bags by melting them into decorations. Pull out the plastic bags from under the sink and bring your creativity. Participants can come with or without bags... or having forgotten to get mom a gift.

@Barrett Branch

   

Inova Blood Drive
posted on December 12, 2016

The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot of Beatley Central Library from 11am to 3pm on Wednesday, December 21. The blood drive is first-come, first-served.

@Beatley Central

   

Zootopia Movie Screening
posted on December 12, 2016

Come watch Disney's Zootopia on our big screen!

  @Duncan Branch

   

 

Clara Barton At Antietam
posted on December 12, 2016

Clara Barton was new to nursing as she stood on the fields of Sharpsburg, waiting for the battle of Antietam to begin. It was also her first time on the battlefield. What she did there would not only save countless lives, but change her life forever.

@Barrett Branch

Battlefield Medicine

   

 

Civil War Medicine: On Battlefield Medicine
posted on December 6, 2016

Civil War Medicine: On Battlefield Medicine: Trauma Care in the Civil War, presented by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. This program coincides with the Second Season release of Mercy Street.

@Duncan Branch

 

Angry Birds Movie

   

 

Movie Matinee: Angry Birds
posted on December 6, 2016

Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to. 

@Duncan Branch

 

Archaeology of Cemetery Site

 

 

  

Archaeology Of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Site
posted on December 6, 2016

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery was established during the Civil War by the U.S. Military. People who were escaped slaves as well as free people were interred at the location until 1869. Over the years the cemetery fell into disrepair and was no longer listed on maps.

 @Burke Branch

Battle of Monocacy

 

  

Battle of Monocacy and Jubal Early's Attack on Washiongton, D.C. 
posted on December 6, 2016

A presentation by Marc Leepson on the Battle of Monocacy and Jubal Early's attack on Washington, D.C. in July 1864. This program is a special presentation coinciding with the Second Season release of Mercy Street.

 @Duncan Branch

Duncan Open House 2016

 

Holiday Open House: Duncan Branch
posted on December 6, 2016

Enjoy the music of the Irish Breakfast Band at the Duncan Open House and enjoy light hor d'oeuvres, fellowship with your neighbors, and children programs for a celebration of the Holiday Season. Please join us at our annual event.

 

James E Hanger

 

  

 

 

The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Soldier
posted on December 6, 2016

Historical author, Bob O'Connor, will be talking about James E. Hanger, who became the first amputee of the American Civil War. Hating the leg the Union doctor gave him, he used his ingenuity and engineering background to invent an artificial leg with a joint at the knee that hinged at the ankle. The company Hanger founded still operates today and made the artificial tail for the dolphin, Winter, in the movie "Dolphin Tale."

 @Beatley Central
 

Mercy Street S2

 

  

Mercy Street Programs (S2)
posted on November 30, 2016

Join us in November 2016 as the Library celebrates the second season of this Civil War-era drama and PBS's recognition of Alexandria's place in history with a variety of programs that will provide insight regarding life in Alexandria during the Civil War.

 

Investing Basics

 

   

Investing Basics
posted on November 28, 2016

Investing Basics will cover the ins and outs of investing. Topics include different investment tools such as 401ks and Roth IRAs, understanding your risk tolerance, compound interest and questions to ask if you decide to work with a financial professional. 

 @Burke Branch

Coloring for Adults

 

  

Coloring for Adults
posted on November 28, 2016

Overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays? De-stress with an evening of coloring for adults only. Relax and socialize while expressing your creativity. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 @Beatley Central

Mercy Street Virtual Tour

 

 

 

 

 

Mercy Street - A Virtual Neighborhood Tour
posted on November 28, 2016

Join Wayne Kehoe, Tour Guide, for a virtual tour of Old Town Alexandria in the neighborhood of the Mercy Street series on PBS. This program is being presented in advance of the January release of the Mercy Street second season scheduled for January 2017. The tour is one of several walking tours presented by Alexandria Tours. Come rain or shine, the program is indoors and in the comfort of the Duncan Branch in the Alexandria Library.

 @Duncan Branch

Hour of Code

  

Hour of Code
posted on November 28, 2016

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.” 

 

First Tour

 

 

 

Local History and Special Collections Tour
posted on November 28, 2016

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.

 @Local History/Special Collections
 
 

Holiday Bliss

 

 

 

 

Finding Your Holiday Bliss In the Season's Hustle & Bustle
posted on November 28, 2016

The holiday season often gets crazy with holiday events, holiday shopping, last minute deadlines and family & friends visiting. How do we take care of ourselves in this holiday season? Come join us for an hour dedicated to your personal wellness and relaxation. Take a moment to feel the holiday season for its true meaning of inner peace and joy.

 @Duncan Branch