February Highlights



Virginia Antebellum Social Libraries at Special Collections
posted on February 23, 2015

Yvonne Carignan, former director of Special Collections at the Lloyd House, will speak about social libraries in Virginia before the Civil War using The Alexandria Library Company as the premier example in Virginia. A significant number of its library books, its Record Book, collection catalogs, and other materials survive to tell the Library Company's story today.



UpCycle Crafting at Duncan Branch
posted on February 23, 2015

UpCycle Creative Reuse Center will host a recycled book craft program for adults on Saturday, February 28, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Materials will be provided.



Taking the Guesswork out of Retirement at Burke Branch
posted on February 23, 2015

Given the movement away from pensions to employee-funded retirement plans like the 401k, planning for retirement has become more of a do-it-yourself exercise. This class is intended to give the average person the tools they need to take the mystery out of building a solid retirement plan. Presented by a Master Financial Education volunteer from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.



Happy Lunar New Year from Alexandria Library
posted on February 19, 2015

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Alexandria Library.



Send Alexandria Library a Virtual Postcard
posted on February 18, 2015

Unable to participate in the Alexandria Library's 75th Anniversary Sit-In? Now you can! Just complete this virtual postcard with your name, city, state, and comments and we will pinpoint your location on our virtual map



How to Avoid Senior Scams at Burke Branch
posted on February 14, 2015

This interactive session held at Burke Branch on Saturday, Feburary 21 and offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, covers common financial scams and how seniors can protect themselves, especially if they suspect a family member is the fraudster.



Dystopia vs. Utopia at Beatley Central
posted on February 14, 2015

Do you think the future will look more like The Hunger Games or Star Trek? Join Beatley Central on Saturday, February 21, to celebrate all of the books and movies that show the range of possible futures and tell us what you think the future will bring! Trivia, crafts, music, prizes, and more. Costumes encouraged. Ages 9 and up. Located in the Large Meeting Room.



Happy Valentine's Day from Alexandria Library
posted on February 13, 2015

Wishing you a sweet Valentine's Day from Alexandria Library. 



Kitten Adoption at Barrett Branch
posted on February 11, 2015

King Street Cats visits Barrett Branch on Saturday, February 14, from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., with some of their adorable, adoptable kittens. Drop in and find your new best friend--or friends!



Presidents Day Closure
posted on February 10, 2015

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 16 for Presidents Day.



Awesome Aeronautics at Beatley Central
posted on February 9, 2015

For the last three Saturdays in February, join Beatley Central and NASA as we learn about airplanes, air balloons, kites, and gliders.



Romance Movies at the Library
posted on February 8, 2015

During the month of February Alexandria Library is screening several romantic movies at Beatley Central and Burke Branch.



How has the Library positively impacted your life?
posted on February 5, 2015

If you have a compelling story, we would love to hear it. We are recruiting customers of the Alexandria Library to be featured in a short film created by our friends at Toy Box Productions. Space is limited so act now! 



Flash Book Sale at Beatley Central Library
posted on February 3, 2015

Friends of the Beatley Central Library will be having a Flash Book Sale of Cookbooks on Saturday and Sunday (February 7 & 8). The sale will run from 10-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Prices will be $3 for hardbacks and $1 for softcover AND.... there will be a Buy One Get One FREE!



Controlling Clutter Workshop at Barrett Branch
posted on February 3, 2015

Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension for a workshop about tackling clutter and becoming organized. Participants will learn how to organize papers and what documents to keep or shred. Register at http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms. 



Earthquake Shake with Howard University at Beatley Central
posted on February 3, 2015

For kids 8 and up. On Saturday, February 7, at 2 p.m. Howard University engineering students are bringing their earthquake simulator to teach us about how to make buildings that withstand earthquakes! 



Crafting at Alexandria Library
posted on January 30, 2015

Let Alexandria Library satisfy your inner artist and help you get inspired about your next project. Whether you are a beginner or expert, we've got programs and books for you to check out. From recurring programs to special events we've stitched together an array of enjoyable, craft activities for all ages.



Bookclubs at Alexandria Library
posted on January 30, 2015

The benefits of joining a book club are endless. A great place for socializing and learning about members of the community, book discussion groups can also broaden your horizons by opening you up to new genres or authors, help you stay disciplined about reading, assist in developing your communication skills and build confidence.



The Civil War Defenses of Washington at Duncan Branch
posted on January 30, 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, please join Duncan Branch on Friday, February 6, at 4 p.m. for a talk about the role of African Americans during the Civil War. This is a program for all ages.