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EVENT REGISTRATIONS

Alexandria Library presents and hosts a wide variety of events to the local community.  Our events include author talks, book clubs, STEAM/STEM activities, computer and technology classes, English conversation groups, storytimes and more.

Most of the programs at Alexandria Library do not require advanced registration. You can choose to attend a program at your convenience. Please be mindful of age and time restrictions when attending a library program.

Ticketed Programs

There are certain youth services programs that require parents or caregivers to pick up a ticket prior to the start of the program. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. These programs will include information about tickets in the event description on the calendar.

Registration Programs

Programs that require advanced registration may contain a purple registration box on the event calendar that allows for online registration.  Other programs may require you to register by email, phone or by filling out a form at the library.  Online registration start dates may vary by age and program but are usually available a month in advance.

 

 

REGISTER

In order to register for an event you may need:

  • First & Last Name
  • Library Card Number & Pin
  • Email Address

 

 

 MANAGE EVENTS

 

 

 

WAIT LIST

If there is a wait list for an event, an email address is required. This allows the registration system to notify you when a spot has opened up.

Failure to include an email address may result in being skipped for the next person on the list.

 

 

MANAGE YOUR EVENTS

If you choose to use your library card number on your registration form you can login and manage your event registrations from the library website.

You do not have to have a library card in order to attend events.

 

 

CANCELLATIONS

If you can no longer attend an event, please call or email the contact person for the event to cancel your registration.

If you included your library card number, you can also cancel your registration online.

 

 

THIRD PARTY

Library programs may be presented by non-library organizations. These organizations may require you to register in advance.

With these events, there will be a link to the organization's website where you need to follow their rules for registering.

 

Upcoming Events
Sun, Jan 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The U.S. Census is hiring for 202. A Recruiting Assistant will be on-site to explain the 2020 Census job opportunities and answer any questions about the online hiring process.

Sun, Jan 19, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Bring your art and crafting projects and enjoy the company of other makers with our monthly group!

Mon, Jan 20, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Canceled
Mon, Jan 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. For ages 0-11 months.

Canceled
Mon, Jan 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. For ages 0-11 months.

Canceled
Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
A story time designed for kids with intellectual and physical disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. Ages 2-12. Registration required. 

Tue, Jan 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time for 1-4 year olds with a caregiver. 

Tue, Jan 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:15am - 10:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, games & more. Just for children ages 12-23 months. Please choose to come either Tuesday or Wednesday!

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Two-year-olds enjoy stories, music, movement, and a coloring sheet to practice fine motor skills. Ages 24-35 months with adult.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time for 1-4 year olds with a caregiver. 

Tue, Jan 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
It’s time for reading books, singing, dancing, and learning as we create our own art. A half-hour program plus a craft. Ages 1 to 4 with an adult.

Tue, Jan 21, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement games & yoga for ages 2-5. Adult participation is expected. Younger siblings can come along and join in with their big brothers and sisters.

Tue, Jan 21, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time for 1-4 year olds with a caregiver. 

Tue, Jan 21, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and activities just for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Tue, Jan 21, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to music. This is a class great for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Jan 21, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Practice sitting and listening while we read fun stories and do an easy craft. For ages 3+ with a caregiver.

Tue, Jan 21, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join us for our quarterly meeting and learn how to become more active with the Friends.

Tue, Jan 21, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Practice reading out loud to a friendly dog.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Port City Brewing Company - Port City Brewing Company
What are the realistic and beneficial applications for drones? What regulations should be in place to integrate drones into everyday life?Register

Tue, Jan 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Do you have a lot of old books? Are you constantly looking for a new craft project? Come learn how to turn an old book into a recycled piece of art just by folding its pages.
This event is full

Tue, Jan 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
The Manumission Tour Company presents early Alexandria's African-American history.

Rescheduled
Tue, Jan 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New date Monday, January 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New venue Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
The Manumission Tour Company presents early Alexandria's African-American history.

Tue, Jan 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Tweens can hang out and play games with friends. Every program features a different type of game. Play a favorite or learn something new! Ages 8-14.

Tue, Jan 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Join us for our monthly meeting and learn how to become more active with the Friends.

Wed, Jan 22, 10:15am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Confused about what's online regarding health information?

Wed, Jan 22, 10:15am - 10:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, games & more. Just for children ages 12-23 months. Please choose to come either Tuesday or Wednesday!

Wed, Jan 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jan 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Storytime with your little one in mind. We'll read a story, sing songs, and do some finger plays. Half-hour storytime with free play after. Ages birth to 18 months with an adult.

Wed, Jan 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement games & yoga for ages 2-5. Adult participation is expected. Younger siblings can come along and join in with their big brothers and sisters.

Wed, Jan 22, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Babies and their caregivers enjoy songs, stories, lap bounces, and gentle playtime. Ages 0-11 months with adult.

Wed, Jan 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Come practice your English language skills with others in friendly conversations. Free and open to the public. No registration is required; drop-in when you can.

Wed, Jan 22, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Our After School Movie this Month is Happy Feet! Join Mumble and his friends on their quest in the Arctic. MPAA rating: PG; for some mild peril and rude humor.

Wed, Jan 22, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. 2019. Rated R.

Wed, Jan 22, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Enjoy bedtime stories in Duncan's children area every Wednesday. Bring your pajamas and teddy bears. Ages 2-8.

Wed, Jan 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
An information session about the duties and responsibilities of an Election Officer.

Wed, Jan 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Flex your creative skills by making a craft to take home! Crafts change for every program. All ages.

Thu, Jan 23, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Musical story time for kids ages 1-4 years with a caregiver. 

Thu, Jan 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Jan 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Jan 23, 10:30am - 11:10am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and music just for one and two-year-olds. Ages 12-35 months with an adult.

Thu, Jan 23, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Musical story time for kids ages 1-4 years with a caregiver. 

Thu, Jan 23, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Musical story time for kids ages 1-4 years with a caregiver.  

Thu, Jan 23, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and activities just for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Thu, Jan 23, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Your photos, documents, audio and video files require special care to keep them usable into the future. Learn how to do it with this class.

Thu, Jan 23, 3:00pm - 3:55pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Spitfire Club seeks to create a world in which every girl feels empowered to be the strong and capable protagonist of her own story.

Thu, Jan 23, 4:00pm - 4:55pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Spitfire Club seeks to create a world in which every girl feels empowered to be the strong and capable protagonist of her own story.

Thu, Jan 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a program especially for ages 3 to 5. We'll read a story, play and do a craft. Children must be accompanied by their caregiver.

Thu, Jan 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Simple STEAM activities AND some yoga fun. Ages 5+

Thu, Jan 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for a special playtime geared towards children with sensory processing disorders and intellectual and physical disabilities. Ages 2-12 with adult.

Thu, Jan 23, 5:00pm - 6:45pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

Thu, Jan 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Knitting Club for kids! Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Join us in the Children's area. Ages 8-18.

Fri, Jan 24, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Fri, Jan 24, 11:00am - 12:15pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Miss Melissa and Miss Katie for some animal improv. Ages 3+

Fri, Jan 24, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Songs, games & other activities for babies 0-11 months.

Fri, Jan 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Sat, Jan 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join us for a fun and relaxing morning of painting along with episode "Majestic Mountains". All materials provided. Space is limited and registration is required.  
This event is full

Canceled
Sat, Jan 25, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join the Alexandria Arlington Regional Gaming Group (AARGGH) in a Grand Gaming Melee. Bring games you want to play, or come without games and play what others bring.

Sat, Jan 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Saturday mornings with stories and songs.

Sat, Jan 25, 11:00am - 11:40am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Picture Book Area
Stories, music, and movement for the entire family. All ages with adult.

Canceled
Sat, Jan 25, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us every Saturday in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages, children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

Sat, Jan 25, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

Sun, Jan 26, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. For ages 0-11 months.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Mon, Jan 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Ms. Eli for a bilingual story time! It's all about books, songs and play in Spanish and English! You do not need to know Spanish. Ages 12 to 24 months with an adult.

Mon, Jan 27, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. For ages 0-11 months.

Mon, Jan 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Mon, Jan 27, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time designed for kids with intellectual and physical disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. Ages 2-12. Registration required. 

Mon, Jan 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Do you like to sing and have fun with music? Join us as we share old favorite songs, experiment with new ones, and learn music basics. Ages 5 to 8 only.

Mon, Jan 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Monday.

Mon, Jan 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Enjoy a special presentation of Fannie Lou Hamer: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired," a character reenactment by Sheila Arnold Jones.

Mon, Jan 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Enjoy a free monthly meditation class with our friends at Yoga in Daily Life.

Mon, Jan 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME! Class will be meeting on Monday evenings from 7-8 PM in the Story Room on the first floor.

Mon, Jan 27, 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Learn how to fill your cart and plan your menu to prevent Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cancer.

Tue, Jan 28, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time for 1-4 year olds with a caregiver. 

Tue, Jan 28, 10:00am - 11:55am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jan 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Jan 28, 10:15am - 10:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, games & more. Just for children ages 12-23 months. Please choose to come either Tuesday or Wednesday!

Tue, Jan 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Two-year-olds enjoy stories, music, movement, and a coloring sheet to practice fine motor skills. Ages 24-35 months with adult.

Tue, Jan 28, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time for 1-4 year olds with a caregiver. 

Tue, Jan 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Today we'll have special visitors -- our local firefighters and their fire engine!* A half-hour program followed by 20 minutes of free play. Ages 1 to 4 with an adult.

Tue, Jan 28, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement games & yoga for ages 2-5. Adult participation is expected. Younger siblings can come along and join in with their big brothers and sisters.

Tue, Jan 28, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A story time for 1-4 year olds with a caregiver. 

Tue, Jan 28, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and activities just for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Tue, Jan 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
We are all creative but we may not recognize the creativity within us. Register

Tue, Jan 28, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Practice sitting and listening while we read fun stories and do an easy craft. For ages 3+ with a caregiver.

Tue, Jan 28, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Practice reading out loud to a friendly dog.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Join us on select Tuesday evenings to explore new gadgets, virtual reality apps, ereaders, tablets, smart home devices and more.

Tue, Jan 28, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Learn about fidget quilts and activity mats and the benefits they offer Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Tue, Jan 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join Beatley Central's tween book club! No assigned book; pick one YOU want to read that relates to the genre and share your thoughts. 4th-9th grades.

Wed, Jan 29, 10:15am - 10:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, games & more. Just for children ages 12-23 months. Please choose to come either Tuesday or Wednesday!

Wed, Jan 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jan 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Storytime with your little one in mind. We'll read a story, sing songs, and do some finger plays. Half-hour storytime with free play after. Ages birth to 18 months with an adult.

Wed, Jan 29, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, movement games & yoga for ages 2-5. Adult participation is expected. Younger siblings can come along and join in with their big brothers and sisters.

Wed, Jan 29, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Babies and their caregivers enjoy songs, stories, lap bounces, and gentle playtime. Ages 0-11 months with adult.

Wed, Jan 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Start off the New Year with a discussion of an incredible memoir about journalism and American politics.

Wed, Jan 29, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Enjoy bedtime stories in Duncan's children area every Wednesday. Bring your pajamas and teddy bears. Ages 2-8.

Wed, Jan 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Wed, Jan 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Bring the whole family for an evening of creative play with Legos. Just bring your imaginations, we have loads of Legos and Duplos! All ages.