May Highlights

 

 

 

3, 2, 1 Blast Off! at Beatley Central
posted on May 26, 2015

For kids and teens ages 8+. In the 1970s space exploration soared to new heights! From the first space station to collecting the first soil samples from the surface of Mars, the 1970s were full of amazing accomplishments. Join Beatley Central on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. and celebrate these space successes by building your own paper rocket and launching it above the tree-tops with our special rocket launcher! No registration required. Please arrive early as space is limited.

 

 

Face Reading with Rose Rosetree at Barrett Branch
posted on May 26, 2015

The ancient art of face reading was mentioned often in All Alexandria Reads 2015 pick, Big Stone Gap. Join Barrett Branch on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. as Rose Rosetree, an expert on the subject, shares how to read a person's character and talents from the face.

 

 

Save for Education Day at Duncan Branch
posted on May 22, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m., as financial advisor Nick Hart explains how to save for your child's education. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

Alexandria in the 1970s at Barrett Branch
posted on May 19, 2015

Join Barrett Branch on Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m .as George Combs, Branch Manager of the Special Collections Branch, discusses and shows photographs of Alexandria in the 1970s. See how dramatically different King Street was before Metro came to the City.

 

 

Memorial Day Closure
posted on May 19, 2015

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. 

 

 

Awesome American Animals at Beatley Central
posted on May 19, 2015

For all ages. Join Beatley Central on Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. as Wildlife Ambassadors teach us all about the animals in our own backyards and how we can help and not hurt our native wildlife. This show is fun for the whole family and features live animals! No registration required. Please arrive early as space is limited.

 

 

Finding Your College Path at Burke Branch
posted on May 18, 2015

Are you new to the college process and don't know where to begin? Join Burke Branch on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m for a presentation by Patricia Gonzalez, a counselor from NVCC, and learn about the different types of colleges, degree and certificate programs, and the path you will need to take to begin your journey to academic success.

 

 

The Historical Pharmacy and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum at Barrett Branch
posted on May 15, 2015

Join Barrett Branch on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. and learn the history of Ave Maria Mulligan's profession (heroine of AAR's Big Stone Gap.) Kenneth Miller, a docent at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and a PhD in Pharmacology, will give a presentation with examples from the collections of the Museum.

 

 

King Street Bluegrass at Beatley Central
posted on May 13, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. and enjoy the music of the Appalachians with a performance from King Street Bluegrass. Located in the Large Meeting Room. 

 

 

Lulu's Fate at Burke Branch
posted on May 12, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. as Lulu's Fate performs a mix of music from the Appalachian, southern string band, and country blues traditions, as well as original tunes and covers. All Ages.

 

 

 

Technology Petting Zoo at Beatley Central
posted on May 10, 2015

Come learn some Low Vision Strategies from Guest Speaker, Kevin Osborne, MLIS, Adult Services Manager, Beatley Central Library. Kevin will be talking about eReaders and other mobile devices. Free program, parking and refreshments! To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

 

Storyteller Jane Dorfman at Duncan Branch
posted on May 10, 2015

Storyteller Jane Dorfman invites families to join her for some Appalachian Folktales at Duncan Branch on Thursday, May 14, at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

The Alexandria Library is closed for Staff Training Day
posted on May 8, 2015

All Alexandria Library locations will be closed on Friday, May 15, for Staff Training Day. Online services, such as databases, eBooks, and eAudiobooks will be available.

 

 

 

Author Talk with Adriana Trigiani via Skype at Beatley Central
posted on May 6, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. as All Alexandria Reads pick Big Stone Gap author, Adriana Trigiani, joins us via Skype to discuss her book and answer questions. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

 

 

Saturday Lecture Program at Special Collections
posted on May 5, 2015

Join Special Collections on Saturday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. as local journalist Michael Lee Pope explores some of the seamier aspects of Northern Virginia's history. George Washington's alleged death at the hands of his doctors, the American Nazi Party headquarters in Arlington County, floating brothels on the Alexandria waterfront: Michael will address these and other colorful Northern Virginia stories. Book signing and light refreshments to follow. This free lecture program is sponsored by the Friends of Local History.


 

 

Remembering the Past of Nicholson Hollow at Burke Branch
posted on May 4, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m. as Dr. T. Mills Kelly, George Mason University history professor, will present the history of the people expelled from their homes to make way for Shenandoah National Park.

 

 

Mother's Day Tea at Beatley Central
posted on May 4, 2015

Celebrate Mother's Day with sweet treats and floral fun! Join Beatley Central on Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m. for a tea party just for mothers and their children, then enjoy making three types of paper flowers to take home. For all ages. Registration required. 703-746-1751 or email kdow@alexandria.lib.va.us. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

Face Reading at Beatley Central
posted on May 4, 2015

The ancient art of face reading was mentioned often in "Big Stone Gap." Join Beatley Central on Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. as Rose Rosetree, an expert on the subject and author of The New Power of Face Reading, gives a presentation about reading a person's character and talents from the face. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

 

 

 

 

Bill Jenkins at Barrett Branch
posted on May 4, 2015

Join Barrett Branch on Thursday, May 7, at 4 p.m. for an Appalachian music program with Bill's collection of American instruments: spoons, washboards, banjos and more! Come and be part of an authentic jug band! (Ages 3 and up)

Join Barrett Branch on Thursday, May 14 , at 4 p.m. and wear your dancing shoes as we spin some of the best dance music of the 70s! Especially for children ages 3 and up, but grownups and siblings should come ready to join in the fun.


 

 

Bill Jenkins at Duncan Branch
posted on May 1, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Tuesday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. for a special performance by Bill Jenkins and his amazing collection of musical instruments. Everyone will get to try the instruments and make music together. This program is for all ages!

 

 

Moonshine Tasting at Copperwood Tavern
posted on May 1, 2015

Learn about this iconic spirit while tasting some of the many varieties at Copperwood Tavern on Sunday, May 3, starting at 6 p.m. Space is limited. Registration is required 703-746-1751 or kdow@alexandria.lib.va.us. This event is located off-site at Copperwood Tavern.

 

 

Del Ray Friends of the Monarchs at Duncan Branch
posted on April 29, 2015

On Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Del Ray Friends of the Monarchs will be giving away free milkweed plants to help you start your own butterfly garden.

 

 

Knuckle Dusters at Burke Branch
posted on April 28, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. for a performance by Knuckle Dusters. Scott Spearly, Paul Mackrell and Captain Richard Pryor are the core trio from the band Knuckle Dusters. They perform traditional American fiddle tunes and bluegrass.

 

 

Spring Fling and Booksale at Barrett Branch
posted on April 27, 2015

Join Barrett Branch on Saturday, May 2, for our annual Spring Fling featuring a book sale 10-4, 1970s Fashion Show at 10:30 a.m. with Deb Fuller, fashion historian, live Bluegrass Music with Dead Men's Hollow Band at 12 Noon, Children's Outdoor activities 10 a.m - 12 noon, and a Mobile Art Lab at 2 p.m.