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WINTER READING PROGRAM 2021

The Washington Wizards, in partnership with the Alexandria Library, are hosting a Winter Reading Challenge dedicated to early readers, kids, and teens. The challenge is designed to build positive reading culture and improve literacy for the youth. Readers can earn prizes by completing activity challenges based on four main badges: Reading, Fitness Fun, Virtual Programs, and Connect & Share.

The reading challenge will run virtually on Beanstack, a reading application that makes it easy for participates to register, track their reading and earn virtual badges for completion. Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes such as a Wizards jersey, a Jr. Wizards Camp voucher, a Wizards bobblehead and so much more!

The Wizards Winter Reading Challenge will run from January 1 – March 31, 2021 and registration opens Monday, December 21, 2020. The challenge is free and open to all youth in the DMV area.  Prizes will be distributed in April.

Sign up online staring December 21, 2020 through Beanstack .

 

Virtual Events
Mon, Aug 15, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube Channel
Anytime can be story time when you join us on YouTube. Books we read count towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Mon, Aug 15, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 15, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 15, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Mon, Aug 15, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A Summer Quest project for ages 6-12. Kit available only at the Barrett Branch.

Mon, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Baby Time at the Library, something to spend all month babbling about! Please register in advance to make sure that we have room for you. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Mon, Aug 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Let your imagination thrive! Be inspired and build a great story from a picture!

Mon, Aug 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Call the Children's desk (703)-746-1783 to register your rising 1st-6th grader to Read to a Dog! We have 3; 15 minute slots from 5:30-6:30PM. It is first come first serve if you don't call ahead.

Canceled
Mon, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Teens, let's talk books! Rather than reading an assigned book, you are invited to share and talk about any book you've been reading.

Tue, Aug 16, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 16, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 16, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Tue, Aug 16, 10:00am - 11:00am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden,Beth Patridge Meeting Room
A Rockstar for little language learners!

Tue, Aug 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Tue, Aug 16, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Design and paint chairs to be included in the Barrett Branch's Young Adult area. Open to teens ages 12 - 18.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Aug 17, All day
Alexandria Library VIrgiia YouTube Channel
Enjoy some of our favorite songs and games from this year's programs.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Wed, Aug 17, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Looking for a baby storytime and/or a chance to talk to other grown-ups with children? Then join us at the Beatley Central Library for Tummy Time!

Wed, Aug 17, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, movement, and activities just right for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Wed, Aug 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us on summer evenings for the best bedtime stories. Feel free to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite friend to snuggle with while you listen. Please register in advance, space is limited.

Thu, Aug 18, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 18, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 18, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Rescheduled
Thu, Aug 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
New date Thursday, August 18, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join Cinderella from the Metropolitan Youth Ballet for a very special storytime. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Outdoors
Dance with Andrés as Christina helps him overcome being shy and realize he was a dancer all along. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden
Enjoy the warm summer sun with us outdoors in the Butterfly Garden. Toddler Rock N' Read is a joyous half hour of singing, reading and dancing with friends.

Thu, Aug 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Thu, Aug 18, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Lawn
Join Cinderella from the Metropolitan Youth Ballet for a very special storytime. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Book Discussion

Fri, Aug 19, All day
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Swap your complete puzzle for a new-to-you challenge!

Fri, Aug 19, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 19, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 19, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden,Large Meeting Room
Join Grammy-winning children's musician Andrés for an interactive musical performance in English and Spanish. All ages.

Fri, Aug 19, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us on Friday afternoons, after school and during the summer for awesome activities! Please register to make sure there are enough activities. This week is a mystery craft! Ages 6-12

Sat, Aug 20, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 20, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 20, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sun, Aug 21, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 21, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 21, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Mon, Aug 22, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube Channel
Anytime can be story time when you join us on YouTube. Books we read count towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Mon, Aug 22, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 22, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 22, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Mon, Aug 22, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Baby Time at the Library, something to spend all month babbling about! Please register in advance to make sure that we have room for you. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Aug 22, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Mon, Aug 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Call the Children's desk (703)-746-1783 to register your rising 1st-6th grader to Read to a Dog! We have 3; 15 minute slots from 5:30-6:30PM. It is first come first serve if you don't call ahead.

Tue, Aug 23, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 23, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 23, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Tue, Aug 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden
Chap and cheer for Stories and Songs in the Butterfly Garden. Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the music, story-telling and sunshine with us.

Tue, Aug 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Wed, Aug 24, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Aug 24, All day
Alexandria Library VIrgiia YouTube Channel
Enjoy some of our favorite songs and games from this year's programs.

Wed, Aug 24, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Wed, Aug 24, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Wed, Aug 24, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Wed, Aug 24, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Looking for a baby storytime and/or a chance to talk to other grown-ups with children? Then join us at the Beatley Central Library for Tummy Time!

Wed, Aug 24, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, movement, and activities just right for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Thu, Aug 25, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 25, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 25, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Thu, Aug 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden
Enjoy the warm summer sun with us outdoors in the Butterfly Garden. Toddler Rock N' Read is a joyous half hour of singing, reading and dancing with friends.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Fri, Aug 26, All day
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Swap your complete puzzle for a new-to-you challenge!

Fri, Aug 26, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 26, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 26, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sat, Aug 27, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 27, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 27, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sun, Aug 28, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 28, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 28, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Mon, Aug 29, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube Channel
Anytime can be story time when you join us on YouTube. Books we read count towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Mon, Aug 29, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 29, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 29, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Mon, Aug 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Baby Time at the Library, something to spend all month babbling about! Please register in advance to make sure that we have room for you. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Aug 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Tue, Aug 30, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 30, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 30, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Tue, Aug 30, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden
Chap and cheer for Stories and Songs in the Butterfly Garden. Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the music, story-telling and sunshine with us.

Tue, Aug 30, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Last updated: December 2020