July Highlights



2nd Annual Edible Books Event at Beatley Central
posted on July 21, 2014

You are invited to participate in our 2nd Annual Edible Books Event on Wednesday, July 30, by creating, either by baking or cooking, a culinary book based on the content, characters, titles, and/or shape of a book. Everyone will have a chance to vote on their favorite creation. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Most Literary, Wittiest, and Tastiest!  



Ethiopian music performance at Duncan Branch
posted on July 21, 2014

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of traditional Ethiopian music featuring a talented masinko player. Ethiopian finger food will also be provided by Caboose Café. 



Out of Obscurity Film Screening at Barrett Branch
posted on July 17, 2014

Join the Barrett Branch and Local History for a viewing of a documentary about the 1939 sit-in at the Alexandria Library. Out of Obscurity details a little known, but nonetheless watershed, chapter in civil rights history. Just before World War II broke out, five young men staged at a public library just outside Washington, DC what is believed to be the nation's first sit-in to protest the "separate, but equal" treatment of African-Americans.



Author Talk with Alison Fortier at Beatley Central
posted on July 17, 2014

Join Alison Fortier on a tour of historic Washing-ton. D.C. Visit the White House, the cottage where President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, the and other lesser-known sites from her book The History Lover's Guide to Washington, D.C. published by the History Press.



Discussion with Earl L. Cook at Duncan Branch
posted on July 14, 2014

Join us for a lively discussion with Alexandria's Police Chief, Earl L. Cook - growing up in Alexandria, graduating from T.C. Williams high school, and becoming Alexandria's first African-American Police Chief. Q&A to follow.



Download and Stream Music with Alexandria Library
posted on July 14, 2014

Freegal Music is a free music service from Alexandria Library. All you need is your library card number to access about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. Alexandria Library cardholders can download up to five songs per week and stream up to 3 hours per day.



Walter Dean Myers
posted on July 11, 2014

Coretta Scott King 2014 Author Honor Award presented to Walter Dean Myers for Darius and Twig by Rose T. Dawson, Director of Libraries for Alexandria Library. Darius & Twig, written by Walter Dean Myers and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Search our catalog for other titles by Walter Dean Myers.



Craft Night at Barrett Branch
posted on July 8, 2014

Do you knit, crochet or sew? Join Barrett Branch on July 15 at 7 p.m., to meet other crafters, share your love of yarn, thread and fabric, or even learn a new skill. Beginners welcome. Participants must bring their own supplies.



What's Bugging Your Plants at Burke Branch
posted on July 7, 2014

Is something killing your tomato plant? Does you lettuce look like it has been through a war zone? Come learn about the top pests and diseases to stop the destruction in its path. Led by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, this public education event on Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m., will feature common symptoms, effective solutions, and helpful preventive actions for preventing diseases and pests. 



Author Talk with Lt. General Edward Rowny at Beatley Central
posted on July 2, 2014

WWII taught General Rowny leadership and determination. Join Beatley Central on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. as General Rowny discusses his life in Smokey Joe and the General. As well as other challenges he faced later in life. Located in the Large Meeting Room.



The American Dream Starts @ Alexandria Library
posted on July 1, 2014

Alexandria Library has been chosen as a recipient of the American Dream Grant, which has been awarded to only 44 other public libraries in the nation. The American Library Association (ALA) selected libraries in 21 states to receive these one-time grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities. 



Movies at the Library
posted on June 30, 2014

Take a break from the sizzling summer heat to watch cool movies at Alexandria Library this July. From Hitchcock classics, to recent blockbusters, to pre-code cinema, our variety of must-see films are sure to thrill, humor or entertain you.