November Highlights

First Tour

 

 

Local History and Special Collections Tour
posted on November 23, 2016

Come learn about the unique treasures held at the Local History / Special Collections the first Saturday of every month. Learn about the importance of Alexandria in Virginia history and about resources available for researching your ancestors or home.

 @Local History/Special Collections Branch

Holiday Bliss

 

 

 

Finding Your Holiday Bliss
posted on November 23, 2016

The holiday season often gets crazy with holiday events, holiday shopping, last minute deadlines and family & friends visiting. How do we take care of ourselves in this holiday season? Come join us for an hour dedicated to your personal wellness and relaxation. Take a moment to feel the holiday season for its true meaning of inner peace and joy.

 @Duncan Branch

Buy It Now

 

Support Alexandria Library with Buy It Now
posted on November 22, 2016

Online Holiday shopping is a great way to support Alexandria Library. Use the Buy It Now link to access Amazon and the library will receive a percentage of all your purchases with no added cost to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forty Macy - Civil War Defense
posted on November 17, 2016

Join the National Park Rangers from Civil War Defenses of Washington to talk about Fort Marcy. One of the Civil War Defenses of Washington located on a ridge in Virginia, Fort Marcy was strategically placed near the Leesburg Turnpike and Chain Bridge, a key crossing over the Potomac River. The Union deemed this bridgehead vital to furthering their activities in northern Virginia and worthy of protection. Come learn about Fort Marcy then and now.

@Burke Branch

 

 

Thanksgiving Holiday
posted on November 17, 2016

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

 

International Games Day
posted on November 15, 2016

Come join Beatley Library for International Games Day @ Your Library. Have a favorite board game or card game? Bring it with you or try one of our games. 

@Beatley Central

 

 

 

 

Book Club: A Man Called Ove by Fredric Backman
posted on November 10, 2016

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbour from hell'. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

 @Duncan Branch

 

 

 

 

Navigating Traffic Court
posted on November 10, 2016

Have you ever thought about representing yourself in traffic court? Maybe, you were already cited. Or maybe, you just want to understand the court system a little better. Join Alexis Stackhouse of The Litigation Practice of Alexandria, PLLC to get an overview of the legal proceedings and information about self-representation in traffic court in Virginia. 

 @Beatley Central

 

 

Camera Phone Photography
posted on November 10, 2016

Come and learn tips on using your cell phone to capture holiday memories. Learn how to take better pictures, what settings mean, and what editing apps and accessories are available for camera phone photography. Don't forget to bring your phone!

 @Burke Branch

 

 

 

 

 

DEMOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF ALEXANDRIA: 1790 to 2010
posted on November 10, 2016

Join Campbell Gibson, a Senior Demographer retired from the U.S. Census Bureau, as he shows the wealth of information contained in the census about Alexandria's people from 1790 onward. He will discuss population growth, race(including free and slave), place of origin, education, occupation, and income. He will also discuss housing topics such as when buildings were built, units per structure, cooking and heating fuels and other intriguing information available from the U.S. Census.

 @Special Collections

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Ties: Remebering WWI
posted on November 10, 2016

Do you have a relative that served in WWI or family memorabilia from living through the war? Make sure your history is saved as part of Alexandria's memory! Bring your heirloom and stories for a history "show-and-tell" co-sponsored by the Alexandria Library and the Office of Historic Alexandria. Oral Historians will be on hand to document the objects and stories as part of the City's oral history archive. See the WWI ommemoration section of www.historicalexandriava.gov for more information. Participants should arrive a few minutes early to complete consent forms.

 @Barrett Branch

 

10th Annual Alexandria Film Festival
posted on November 8, 2016

Come and enjoy the films of 2016 presented by the Alexandria Film Festival. All screenings are free at Beatley Central, November 10-13.

 

 

 

 

Low Vision Resource Group
posted on November 8, 2016

Join Betsy Hennigan, from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for a talk about American Insight Art Tours at the Smithsonian. These tours are docent-led tours designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision to allow them to discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.

@Beatley Central 

 

 

Teen Advisory Board
posted on November 7, 2016

Teens plan programs for teens, make suggestions on YA books & media and make displays. Teens must fill out an application and attend orientation to be on the TAB. Teens may observe a TAB meeting before applying. 

@Duncan Branch

 

 

 

 

Debt and Credit Management: November 17
posted on November 7, 2016

Financial problems hit just about everyone at one time or another. The question is, when they hit you, how will you react? Proper managing of credit and debt is very important in our everyday lives. This workshop will help participants understand debt and credit, how to use credit wisely, and how to plan for those unexpected occurrences. 

@Burke Branch

 

 

 

 

Genealogy Discussion Group Seminar
posted on November 7, 2016

Please join Lisa Louise Cooke, www.genealogygems.com for a webinar as she shows us how to tap into your inner private eye.  9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives. Learn the techniques that Private Investigators use to track down missing people. 

@Beatley Central

 

 

Law Library Will Be Closed for Veterans Day
posted on November 4, 2016

Alexandria Law Library will be closed for Veterans Day on Friday, November 11. All other library locations will be open during normal hours. 


 

 

 

 

Suspense Fiction Writing Class
posted on November 1, 2016

Award-winning thriller author John Gilstrap presents a seminar on the construction of intelligent suspense fiction. What makes for a strong plot? How do you take cardboard characters and give them life on the page? Through lively lectures and writing exercises, students get a peek at the skeleton that gives structure to the stories that keep us reading long into the night. 

@Beatley Central

 

 

Resume Writing Workshop
posted on November 1, 2016

Come and learn how to write a good resume at Duncan Branch. The workshop is presented by a Workforce Development Counselor for Northern Virginia Community College at 5:30 PM on November 10. 

@Burke Branch

 

 

Fall Book Sale at Duncan Branch
posted on November 1, 2016

Come and check out a Fall book sale with thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more from November 10- 13. 

@Duncan Branch

 

 

 

 

Author Talk with Anthony Doerr
posted on November 1, 2016

Join us at the Barrett Branch for our monthly book discussion. November's choice is the novel "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, which tells the story of two teenagers during World War II (WWII), one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army.

@Barrett Branch