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NEWCOMER SERVICES

Are you new to Alexandria?  You've come to the right place!  The Alexandria Library welcomes people with diverse cultural backgrounds and celebrates the rich multicultural diversity in our community.

Library Classes & Events
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Jan 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, Jan 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshop usually help every Tuesday and Thursday all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Jan 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English Class for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Fri, Jan 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, Jan 26, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building confidence in your English conversation skills?

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, Jan 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English Class for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, Jan 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshop usually help every Tuesday and Thursday all month long.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, Jan 31, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshop usually help every Tuesday and Thursday all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Feb 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English class for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Fri, Feb 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Picture Book Area
Sat, Feb 02, 11:00am - 11:45am
Celebrate with the entire family the words and songs of the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahalia Jackson for Black History Month. All ages with adult.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, Feb 02, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join Alexandria Oddball Cinema in this special screening of Basquiat in honor of Black History Month!

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, Feb 04, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English class for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, Feb 05, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Tue, Feb 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
A special story with a painting craft based on the art of artist Alma Woodsey Thomas. Be sure to dress your child in something they can paint in! Ages 1-4 with an adult.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Tue, Feb 05, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Wed, Feb 06, 10:30am - 11:10am
Family Story Time celebrates Black History Month! With books written and illustrated by African Americans and depicting children of color. All ages with adult.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Wed, Feb 06, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Protest unfair laws and rules today and remember the struggle of the past by making protest signs. You can make a difference! Poster board, supplies and inspiration will be provided.  

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, Feb 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Feb 08, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English class for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Feb 08, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Join us for a screening of the film "Chi-Raq".

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Fri, Feb 08, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, Feb 09, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sat, Feb 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Anne Bolen of Anne B. History will give you tips on how to collect family memories with oral history interviews.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mon, Feb 11, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English class for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English.

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

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Tue, Feb 12, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Learn about the Capital City under the institution of slavery and the people who tried to escape this system.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us to discuss the mystery novel "A Carrion Death" by Michael Stanley, the first book in the Detective Kubu series.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 13, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Explore your poetic side using famous poet Maya Angelou’s poetry as inspiration. Teens ages 12-18.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 13, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Alexandria Oddball Cinema for a special showing of Pootie Tang for Black History Month!

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Thu, Feb 14, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Thu, Feb 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A history lesson you'll never forget. For school aged kids.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Feb 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English class for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Fri, Feb 15, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sat, Feb 16, 11:00am - 11:45am
Meet famous African American explorers, cowboys, astronauts and more in this exciting live theater performance from the Smithsonian. All ages, children must remain with their adults.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Sat, Feb 16, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Sat, Feb 16, 2:30pm - 4:45pm
A dramatization of the Loving family's relationship and the 1967 Supreme Court case, which overturned the Jim Crow law banning interracial marriage. PG-13.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Tue, Feb 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Free ESL "All Levels" Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Tue, Feb 19, 7:00pm - 8:40pm
This documentary, based on the unfinished work of James Baldwin, reflects on the death of three historic African-American men and the current civil rights, Black Lives Matter movement. PG-13.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Celebrate Black History Month by joining us for a discussion of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn about African American inventors and try some inventing of your own. Grades 2-5.

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Duncan Book Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Audrey Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, and learn some of the fascinating history of African Americans in Alexandria.

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

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Thu, Feb 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
It’s hard to sit still when jazz is playing! Learn about jazz, then play or dance along to the beats. Ages 6 to 8.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free English class for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fri, Feb 22, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Join us for a screening of the film "The Hate U Give".

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Fri, Feb 22, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

 

CITIZENSHIP

(ciudadanía / ዜግነት / المواطنة) 

 

Citizen Preparation Books from the Library

Practice Citizenship Tests (TERC)

U.S. Citizenship Test Practice (Universal Class) 

Citizenship Classes (Hogar Immigrant Services)

Progreso Center for Literacy and Citizenship

 

LEGAL

(ayuda legal / የህግ እገዛ / مساعدة قانونية )

 

Hogar Immigrant Services

Just Neighbors Ministry (Annandale)

Northern Virginia Family Service (Falls Church)

Tahirih Justice Center (Falls Church)

Lutheran Social Services (Falls Church)

Ayuda (Fairfax)