January Highlights






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. 







Northern Virginia Women in the Civil War at Burke Branch
posted on January 28, 2016

Beginning with the arrival of Union troops in April, 1861, northern Virginia women faced many new realities during the Civil War. Some chose to flee, while others remained to cope with occupation. New opportunities also opened for women who worked in local hospitals, and for other women who served as spies. After fleeing slavery, African American women found themselves in crowded contraband camps, often working for wages. By the time the Civil War ended, women's lives in Virginia had changed forever. Join Burke Branch on Saturday, January 30, at 2 p.m. for this presentation by Professor Alice Reagan from NVCC.





Walt Whitman in the District at Duncan Branch
posted on January 28, 2016

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, January 30, at 2 p.m. as Garrett Peck, historian and expert on all the corners of DC and Alexandria, presentd a talk on Walt Whitman and the Washington, DC years during the Civil War and beyond. This talk is in parallel to the PBS dramatic production: Mercy Street, premiering January 17th, 2016. 





STEAMtivity: Arduinos at Beatley Central
posted on January 13, 2016

Come get creative at Beatley Central on Wednesday, January 20, at 4 p.m. 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 be creating projects by coding with Arduinos! Ages 8+. No registration required, but please arrive early as space is limited to 20 participants.



Medicinal Alcohol in the Civil War at Beatley Central
posted on January 13, 2016

Join Beatley Central on Saturday, January 16, at 1:30 p.m. as Dr. Guy Hasegawa, a noted Civil War medicine scholar, gives a talk on "Medicinal Alcohol in the Civil War." Located in the Large Meeting Room.





Money 101 Series at Burke Branch
posted on January 11, 2016

Join Burke Branch for a free 3-week course designed to increase financial knowledge and empower young people to make savvy financial decisions. Learn to budget for happy hour, student loans, and more! Week 1 is Financial Basics, week 2 is Salary Negotiations and Student Loans, and week 3 is Investing Basics. Please register at http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms. Presented by the Virginia Cooperation Extension Master Financial Volunteers.




Sisters in Crime at Beatley Central
posted on January 10, 2016

Join Beatley Central and Sisters in Crime on Wednesday, January 13, at 7 p.m. as first time novelists talk about how they got published (good, bad, and amusing stories about the road to publication), how the experience differs from what they expected, and the most startling or amusing "fan letters" they've received. Located in the Large Meeting Room.





Effective Employment Application Online Workshop at Barrett Branch
posted on January 6, 2016

Join Barrett Branch on Wednesday, January 13, starting at 10 a.m. as an instructor from the Alexandria Workforce Development Center helps aid you in your job search. This class will address filling out job applications and will be followed by computer use. Registration required at www.alexandriava.gov/WorkforceDevelopment.






Take a Turn Down Mercy Street
posted on January 6, 2016

On January 17, PBS will premiere a new medical drama set in Alexandria during the Civil War. Join us at the Athenaeum for a free lecture featuring George Combs, Alexandria Library's Special Collections Branch Manager, Callie Stapp, Curator at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and local author Michael Pope to hear about the real people, places and events featured in the show. The program will be held on Sunday, January 10 at the Athenaeum at 201 Prince Street in Old Town starting at 1:00 PM. RSVP to admin@nvfaa.org or call 703-746-1721 (Barrett Branch Library)







Mercy Street at Alexandria Library
posted on January 6, 2016

"Mercy Street” – inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria – is PBS’s first American drama in nearly a decade. The six-episode series takes viewers into the lives of Alexandrians during the Civil War. The Alexandria Library’s Special Collections played an integral role in providing research and information to promote historical accuracy in the series.

Join us from January 9 through February 27 as the Library celebrates 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.





An African Safari at Beatley Central
posted on January 6, 2016

Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. as South African Mark Ridge takes us on a safari through Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa. Marvel at stunning images whilst learning about game parks and seasons. Listen to first-hand tales from his life in the bush. Followed by question & answer session with info and safari tips. Located in the Large Meeting Room.




Janie Meneely Performance
posted on January 6, 2016

Janie Meneely, Songstress & Raconteur of all things Chesapeake, is joined by singer and Guitarist Rob van Sante for a musical performance at Emma's Espresso & Wine Bar on 106 Hume Ave. Enjoy the seasonal small menus as well as the hand craft brews! Please join us on Friday, January 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for this entertainment event, presented by Duncan Library and sponsored by the Friends of Duncan Library.




Ant Man at Burke Branch
posted on January 4, 2016

Join Burke Branch on Tuesday, January 5, at 4 p.m. for the 2015 action-packed Marvel Studios film featuring Ant Man of The Avengers.