October Highlights




Halloween Storytime and Costume Parade at Beatley Central
posted on October 26, 2015

For all ages. Join Beatley Central on Friday, October 30, at 10:30 a.m. and bring your little ones for fun (and not too scary!) Halloween stories and songs, followed by a costume parade throughout the library! No registration required. Wearing costumes is encouraged, but not required. In the Picture Book Area.




In-person Absentee Voting at at Beatley Central
posted on October 26, 2015

In-person absentee voting at Beatley Library begins on Saturday, October 24 and ends on Saturday, October 31.




Daniel Bennett Group at Duncan Branch
posted on October 26, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m and enjoy a musical treat. Manhattan-based saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Daniel Bennett can be heard throughout the world performing his award-winning compositions on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. The Daniel Bennett Group performs modern Jazz, fused with elements of American Folk and experimental classical music. 




Book Sale at Burke Branch
posted on October 19, 2015

Join Burke Branch for the Friends of Burke Branch Library Book Sale. Support the Library at buy books, DVDS, and CDS at discounted rates. Friends' Membership Preview Night is Wednesday, October 21 and is for members only. Membership can be purchased at the door for ten dollars. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Burke Branch Library.




Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week
posted on October 19, 2015

In celebration of National Friends of Libraries week, Alexandria Library would love to recognize the contributions of the Friends of each of our branches, whose efforts and fund-raising help make programming and events possible. Become a Friend today!




Explore the Natural World at Duncan Branch
posted on October 15, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Wednesday, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. as a naturalist from the Buddie Ford Nature Center talks about the natural world. Frequently she is accompanied by live animals. For kids only in grades K-5. 




Around the World Fair Trade at Barrett Branch
posted on October 14, 2015

Join Barrett Branch on Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. as Stephanie Hossfield, outreach coordinator for Ten Thousand Villages will speak about the concept of fair trade and share stories about cooperatives throughout the world that Ten Thousand Villages works with to promote wares and improve self-sustainability.




3rd Annual Le Tour d'Alexandria Library Bicycle Ride
posted on October 13, 2015

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Alexandria Library is hosting its third annual bicycle tour of all Alexandria Library locations. Bring your bike and join library staff for a leisurely 2-hour loop starting and ending at Beatley Central, 5005 Duke Street. Registration for the event is required, as space on the tour is limited. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 



Genrecon 4 at Beatley Central
posted on October 13, 2015

Join Beatley Central on Saturday, October 17, from 1:30-4 p.m. and celebrate all of the books, movies, and shows that give you chills & make you check under the bed at night. Learn to dance like a zombie with a special Thriller Dance Tutorial by Gotta Swing starting at 3 p.m. Ages 10-Adult. Custumes encouraged!




Secrets of College Admissions at Burke Branch
posted on October 9, 2015

Join Burke Branch on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. for a Collegewise seminar. No matter where you want to go to college -- Duke, Georgetown, or a tiny liberal arts college that could never beat either of those schools at basketball -- there are always things you can do to improve your chances of admission. Grades, test scores, activities, even essays and interviews -- we'll cover all the college admissions elements at this seminar. 



Controlling Clutter Workshop at Barrett Branch
posted on October 7, 2015

Join Barrett Branch on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. as Virginia Cooperative Extension provides a free workshop on tackling clutter and becoming organized Participants learn how to organize papers and what documents to keep or shred. 
Register at http://bit./ly/VCEFinancePrograms



Henning Mankell 1948-2015
posted on October 6, 2015

Alexandria Library remembers Henning Mankell, internationally renowned Swedish author and creator of Inspector Kurt Wallander. 








Back There, Then: A Historical Genealogical Memoir at Special Collections
posted on October 5, 2015

Join the Friends of Local History and Special Collections on Saturday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m. for an author talk and book signing with Marietta Crichlow, long time DC resident and her daughter Linda Crichlow White, authors of Back There, Then. Marietta and her family are descended from people who were enslaved by Wilmer McLean in Manassas and Appomattox Court House, VA. When Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in 1865 at McLean's Appomattox house, the Crichlows' ancestors were there. Back There, Then tells the story of the family's journey from then to now. Light refreshments to follow. This free lecture program is sponsored by the Friends of Local History.



Disney's Dinosaur Movie at Barrett Branch
posted on September 30, 2015

It's Dinosaur Week at Barrett Branch, so come and watch this action-packed adventure of a group of dinosaurs overcoming enormous challenges through courage, loyalty and hope. Tuesday, October 6, at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. Ages 5 and up.






Mental Health First Aid Training at Beatley Central
posted on September 30, 2015

Mental Health First Aid training helps service providers and community members recognize symptoms of mental health problems and provide initial help and guidance to appropriate professional resources. You must attend both sessions at Beatley Central Library for the full 8-hour training. Upon completion, you will receive a 3-year certification in Mental Health First Aid and may be elibile to receive 8 continuing education credits (CEUs). Registration required. http://survey.alexandriava.gov/s3/MHFARegistration. Located in the Large Meeting Room.




Author Talk with Jameela Alter at Duncan Branch
posted on September 30, 2015

Join Duncan Branch on Monday, October 5, at 7 p.m. as Jameela Alter, also author of On Clipped Wings, will discuss her work which focuses on being Muslim in today's world. One reviewer wrote of Barwalas, you too will feel "somehow connected and responsible for the good and bad in our world." Jameela Alter was born in Calcutta, India and she is a retired Montessori teacher. For more information Call 703-746-1781.




Introduction to Talking Books at Burke Branch
posted on September 30, 2015

Reading is for everyone! Come hear about alternatives to books in print format from Kym Robertson, the Talking Books librarian. Talking Books is like the Netflix of audiobooks, but totally free! Join Burke Branch on Monday, October 5, at 10 a.m. and see how you can access books, magazines, newspapers, and musical scores even if you can't hold a book or even read large print type.



Space Craft Fridays at Beatley Central
posted on September 29, 2015

Drop by Beatley Central Library after school for some fun space-themed activities! Each week we will have a different craft. Ages 8+. No registration required.






Celebrate Diversity Month at Alexandria Library
posted on September 28, 2015

The Alexandria Library values diversity and inclusion that extends beyond the obvious culture, gender, ethnicity and religion to include all forms of differences. October is National Diversity Awareness Month and the Alexandria Library is celebrating with an Open House. In addition to hosting storytimes, movies, bookclub discussions, staff picks and book displays; various artifacts and items from library staff’s personal cultural experiences and/or international travel have been assembled for a rotating cultural display. The cultural display will travel to each branch location for a full week during the month of October beginning at Burke, then Beatley Central, Barrett and finally Duncan.