May Highlights





Introduction to finding grants
posted on May 22, 2017

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, such as who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations and what funders really want to know about the organization seeking a grant. (Beatley Central)



For Love of Country: In My Own Words
posted on May 22, 2017

The Alexandria Library and the For Love of Country Foundation present the 3rd Annual Essay and Poetry contest, "What Does 'Fair and Effective' Governing Mean In a Democracy?"





Mosquitoes & ticks: identification and control
posted on May 17, 2017

In this fascinating presentation, you will learn the science of how to best control mosquitoes and ticks and keep them away from you and your family. This includes how to identify the ticks and mosquitoes prevalent in this area, their life cycles, how they reproduce, and where they go in the winter. We will focus on more sustainable options for you and your yard. (Burke Branch)



Paperback Book Sale
posted on May 15, 2017

Come to the Burke Branch Friends paperback Book sale and stock up on summer reading materials! (Burke Branch)



Tai Chi workshop
posted on May 15, 2017

Join us for a free workshop on Tai Chi and discover how you can use its movements for meditation and good health. (Burke Branch)


Teen Advisory Board
posted on May 15, 2017

Meet other teens, plan library programs, and enjoy free snacks. (Duncan Branch)



Laughter Yoga
posted on May 15, 2017

Join us for a free workshop on Laughter Yoga where you can learn to laugh your way to a healthier life that you will love.  (Burke Branch)



Mother's Day tea
posted on May 12, 2017

Celebrate motherhood with this special tea just for moms and their children! Enjoy snacks, drinks, and a craft.  (Beatley Central)



Introduction to Information Security
posted on May 9, 2017

Learn what you need to know in order to stay safe on the internet. Christine Dale, a Masters graduate in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London will deliver the presentation. (Beatley Central)





Book discussion: Kill 'em & leave by James McBride
posted on May 9, 2017

National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown’s legacy. (Duncan Branch)




Northern Virginia Community College: Kenneth McGhee
posted on May 9, 2017

Kenneth McGhee, the financial aid and student services coordinator, is very knowledgeable about federal regulations and procedures having worked at three colleges prior to NOVA. He has a wealth of experience in securing federal aid for students and understands how to increase access to underserved populations. (Duncan Branch)




Introduction to Bonsai and dwarf conifers
posted on May 9, 2017

Join us for an introduction to the Asian art and science of Bonsai and Dwarf Conifers. Presenter Peter Jones, a Bonsai enthusiast and member of the Northern VA Bonsai Society and the American Conifer Society, will speak on the history of bonsai and how he became interested in the subject. (Barrett Branch)


Staff Developement Day
posted on May 4, 2017

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed Friday, May 12 for Staff Development Day. 



Spring fling: booksale, Bill Jenkin's world of music
posted on May 4, 2017

The Barrett Branch's Annual Spring Fling Event features a book sale from 10-4, and a music performance for all ages from Bill Jenkin's World of Music. Come and sing along with Bill and get a chance to try some of the instruments he has collected from around the world.  (Barrett Branch)




New to medicare?
posted on May 4, 2017

Are you new to Medicare or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary? Learn the basics of Medicare coverage and choices. This class is presented by Medicare Counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services, and Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program(VICAP).  (Burke Branch)




Between the covers: how books mirror the decorative arts
posted on May 4, 2017

This talk will focus on the history of books as beautiful, decorative objects that reflect the design aesthetics of their times. great books are as worthy of admiration as fine art as this examination of publishing innovations, illustrations and bindings will demonstrate.  (Burke Branch)




Bilingual English/English family storytime
posted on May 1, 2017

Join us for a stories, songs, movement, and music in English and Spanish. (Beatley Central)





Asia: the birthplace of tea
posted on May 1, 2017

Enjoy samples of teas from many Asian locations while learning about the history of tea and how it spread from the Asian Pacific to America. Presented by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. (Barrett Branch)




Touch a truck
posted on April 28, 2017

Come see community trucks up close and learn about what they do. A fire truck, police squad car, mobile crime lab, and more are expected.. (Beatley Central) 






Family storytime class with the APD
posted on April 28, 2017

Join us for a special Family Storytime Class with guests from the Alexandria Police Department. Hear an officer read our All Alexandria Reads picture book selection, I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean, and learn more about the police and how they help our community!  (Beatley Central)





Foreign Film: The secret in their eyes
posted on April 28, 2017

Come and watch "The secret in their eyes" directed by Juan Jose Campanella and won for Best Foreign Language Film. (Duncan Branch) 





Origami: an introduction
posted on April 27, 2017

Come and meet Fred Knops, the Alexandria resident, who has written a tour book of Old Town Alexadria and donated his proceeds from book sales to Alexandria charities. (Barret Branch)





Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
posted on April 27, 2017

Aleandria Library celebrates Asian Pacific American Heriatage Month with programs at various locations.