March Highlights



Donate non-perishable items at Alexandria Library
posted on March 25, 2015

Support the Capital Area Food Bank by donating non-perishable items to any Alexandria Library Location, between March 30 and April 10, 2015. 



CD Flash Sale at Beatley Central
posted on March 25, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Saturday, March 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a CD Flash Sale. The sale is put on by the Friends of Beatley Central Library.



Author Marc Leepson at Beatley Central
posted on March 25, 2015

Francis Scott Key was immortalized for writing the words that became "The Star-Spangled Banner", but he was so much more. Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. and learn about one of the most influential men in the Early American Republic. Located in the Large Meeting Room.



Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. 
posted on March 23, 2015

Special Collections invites you to hear author Garrett Peck speak about his latest book "Walt Whitman in Washington, DC", on Saturday, March 28, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Book signing and light refreshments to follow. This free lecture program is sponsored by the Friends of Local History.



Goal-Oriented Savings at Burke Branch
posted on March 23, 2015

For getting serious about saving for your goals, this presentation is done by Financial Education volunteers from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Registration is requested; please sign up at



Money 101 Series at Barrett Branch
posted on March 17, 2015

Learn to budget for happy hour, student loans and more. A free 3-week course, presented by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, designed to increase financial knowledge and empower recent grads and young professionals to make savvy financial decisions. Registration requested at



HeritageQuest Online's New Look
posted on March 16, 2015

HeritageQuest Online has a new look! Check out what the new interface, powered by Ancestry, has to offer.



Gardening Programs at Burke Branch
posted on March 16, 2015

Check out two upcoming gardening programs being held at Burke Branch Library at 4701 Seminary Road.




Michael Graves
posted on March 13, 2015

The architect and designer of the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Mr. Michael Graves, passed away from natural causes on March 12, 2015. In honor of Mr. Graves, Beatley Central Library has devoted a memorial table of his work along with a feature on the Alexandria Library website. The display includes blueprints of Graves’ library designs for Beatley, books written by Graves, and a threedimensional model of the library, to name a few.



Saga of the Buffalo Soldiers at Beatley Central
posted on March 12, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. to explore the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. The soldiers of these historic African American military regiments proudly served from 1866 until 1944 when racial segregation in the U.S. Army was banned. Located in the Large Meeting Room. 



Kitten-Purrlooza with King Street Cats
posted on March 11, 2015

King Street Cats visits Barrett Branch on Saturday, March 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!



City of Alexandria Public Budget Presentation
posted on March 9, 2015

Acting City Manager Mark B. Jinks will host a public presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget on Wednesday, March 11 at Beatley Central Library. 



Women of Wonder: Celebrating the History of our Stories
posted on March 9, 2015

At the core of every woman is an incredible narrative of giving, doing, and being in their various roles of life. We’ve heard these stories at our family gatherings or in the books we’ve read or perhaps the retelling of your own. Now it’s time to celebrate them and the lessons of achievement, big or small that they represent. Join Leesburg resident and author Deborah L. Parker as she engages you to find the wonder of your stories as a foundation for success. Saturday, March 14, from 2-4 p.m. at Beatley Central, located in the Small Conference Room.



Read Across American Celebration at Beatley Central
posted on March 9, 2015

For all ages. Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America with the Zeta Phi Beta sorority on Saturday, March 14, from 2-4 p.m. at Beatley Central Library.



Talking Books at Beatley Central
posted on March 9, 2015

Access to books and magazines doesn't have to end once it's too hard to read Large Print -- come see how Talking Books can help on Thursday, March 12, 1:30-3 p.m. at Beatley Central. Kym Robertson, Talking Books librarian, will discuss and demonstrate free services for the print disabled (Blind, Visually Impaired, Physically Handicapped or Reading Disabled) offered through the Library of Congress' National Library Service. To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the large meeting room.



My Journey Along the Silk Road
posted on March 6, 2015

Scorpions and cobras and teenage camels! Oh, my! Margaret Riccardelli traveled the world working for the American Government. As a secretary to our American Ambassadors, she journeyed the world just like Marco Polo, to exotic and even hostile lands. Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. and hear Margaret talk about her exciting travels to places you can’t even imagine. Talk includes a “please touch” exhibit and photo display. Located in the Large Meeting Room.



Bicycle Craft Night at Barrett Branch
posted on March 3, 2015

Get crafty with Alexandria Spokeswomen and Barrett Branch on Tuesday, March 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. Join the fun and decorate a tote bag, make a recycled bike chain bracelet, make decorative pom-poms with reflective yarn, and learn about Alexandria Spokeswomen, a local Women’s Bicycle Advocacy group. Enjoy a night of crafts and conversation and learn more about bicycling in Alexandria. For ages 16 and up. 



Author Talk with Jackie Brucker at Duncan Branch
posted on March 2, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. as Jackie Brucker, Ph.D. speaks about her book Your Well Finished Life.



Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate
posted on March 2, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. for a presentation about passing down family heirlooms offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. This presentation will address pre-planning to designate recipients of personal belongings.



Memoir: A Writing Workshop at Duncan Branch
posted on February 27, 2015

Write stories about yourself for your family; understand something new about yourself (writing is always exploring!); talk writing, experience writing, have fun! No prior experience necessary. Please bring paper and pen. Please call 703-746-1781 to register.