February Highlights



Remembering Anne Paul
posted on February 23, 2016

Alexandria Library remembers Anne Paul, an Alexandria Library Board Member since September 2005.






Lecture on Dr. Jonathan Letterman at Barrett Branch
posted on February 23, 2016

Jonathan Letterman, medical director of the Army of the Potomac, revolutionized the treatment of sick and wounded soldiers in the field and introduced the first comprehensive system of staged evacuation and treatment, the basis of modern emergency and combat medicine. Though few Americans know his name, Dr. Letterman is one of the most important men in the history of American medicine. Come to Barrett Branch on Saturday, February 27, at 1 p.m. for this free lecture presented by Greg Susla, a pharmacist who interprets at the Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD.




Adult Winter Reading Deadline
posted on February 22, 2016

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. Bingo cards must be turned in by Monday, February 29 at 6 p.m. Winners will be notified the following week.



Harper Lee 1926-2016
posted on February 19, 2016

Alexandria Library remembers author Harper Lee.



Public Budget Presentation with City Manager at Beatley Central Library
posted on February 18, 2016

Join City Manager, Mark B. Jinks, on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. for a Public Budget Presentation. 




Make Your Own Tintype Box at Barrett Branch
posted on February 17, 2016

Have you noticed the tintype photo Emma Green has of her beau Frank Stringfellow in the PBS series Mercy Street? Join Barrett Branch on Saturday, February 20, at 11 a.m. as local artist and teacher Laura Hummel demonstrates how to make a tintype-like keepsake box similar to those popular during the Civil War. Supplies provided. Ages 12 and up. Call 703-746-1721 for more information.



Washington's Medicinal Dictionary at Local History/Special Collections
posted on February 17, 2016

In honor of Presidents' Day, come see the newly restored Medicinal Dictionary presented by George Washington to his physician, Dr. James Craik, at Local History/Special Collections.   


Antonin Scalia 1936-2016
posted on February 17, 2016

Alexandria Library remembers Antonin Scalia.  





Vegetable Gardening: Planning and Seeding at Burke Branch
posted on February 16, 2016

Successful vegetable gardens begin with a sound plan. This workshop for the beginning vegetable gardener will address best management practices for site selection, soil requirements and soil improvement. This planning program provides guidance on crop selection and planting schedules. Presented by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Advance registration is requested. Free. Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.



Genre Con 5: Who Dunnit Best at Beatley Central
posted on February 16, 2016

Join Beatley Central on Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. and unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes for an investigation into the mystery story. Trivia, crafts, games, prizes, snacks ... and help solve a mystery! Come in your best detective outfit! Ages 10 and up. Located in the Large Meeting Room.  



Alexandria Ranked #1 for Most Romantic City
posted on February 11, 2016

Virginia is for Lovers. After 5 years Alexandria, Va. is back on top ranking #1 on Amazon.com's annual list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.  




Researching Alexandria African Americans During the Reconstruction Era
posted on February 9, 2016

The 150-year anniversary of the end of the Civil War ended in 2015. Reconstruction Era started immediately after the Civil War. Join Beatley Central Library on Saturday, February 13, at 11 a.m. for a lecture focusing on some of the African Americans who contributed to Alexandria, Virginia during the Reconstruction Era. Located in the Large Meeting Room.



Presidents Day Holiday Closure
posted on February 8, 2016

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 15 for Presidents Day.





Low Vision Resource Group at Beatley Central
posted on February 4, 2016

Join Beatley Central on Thursday, Feburary 11, at 1:30 as a guest speaker from the Metropolitan Washington Ear talks about its resources for people who cannot effectively read print, including Telephone Dial-In Reading, Radio Reading and Webcasts, Look-up Services, Audio Description (in local theaters) and Symphony Program Notes. To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the Large Meeting Room.






Valentine's Day & Anti-Valentine's Day Party at Duncan Branch (Teens only!)
posted on February 4, 2016

Join Duncan Branch on Tuesday, February 9, at 3 p.m. for a Valentine’s Day & Anti-Valentine’s Day party for teens! Stop by to celebrate your love and/or hate for Valentine’s Day with card-making, snacks, and other activities. Ages 12+, no registration required.




Celebrate Black History Month
posted on February 1, 2016

In celebration of February's Black History Month, Alexandria Library has compiled a list of resources.



Love Your Library Month at Alexandria Library
posted on February 1, 2016

Show your support and celebrate Love Your Library Month by donating to the Alexandria Library Foundation's 50-50 Matching Grant. 





Battlefield Medicine at Barrett Branch
posted on February 1, 2016

Civil War soldiers suffered devastating casualties. Have you ever wondered who took care of them? This program explains and demonstrates medical practices of the time. Learn about Civil War ammunition and the types of wounds it caused. The speaker will also talk about casualties, how they were evacuated from their location, and where they were treated. Jake Wynn of The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will present.





Publicity Basics at Duncan Branch
posted on January 29, 2016

Join Duncan Branch on Wednesday, February 3, at 3:30 p.m. and learn how to run a successful publicity campaign from scratch. Liz Milner provides publicity strategies for businesses and groups using Social Media, Cable TV, Press Releases, and other relevant formats. In this program she will demonstrate how to clarify goals and prioritize your message to differentiate your product and services from your competitors to your customers. She will also provide pointers for producing effective flyers for distribution.