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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, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bundle up for Baby Time in the Duncan Library. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Nov 28, 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. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Mon, Nov 28, 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, Nov 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Clap and cheer for Stories and Songs! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Nov 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Stories, songs, games & more for ages 0-23 months. On our Columbus Street lawn.

Tue, Nov 29, 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet your old friends and make new friends at an unstructured playtime in the library's Reading Garden! Toys will be supplied. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Tue, Nov 29, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join Miss Katie for a selection of Pre-K stories and themed craft each week. Ages 3+ with a caregiver. Siblings welcome! Recommended Ages 3-5

Wed, Nov 30, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Nov 30, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Nurturing each girl's love of reading, love of self, and love for girls across all communities.

Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Ages 8-18.

Thu, Dec 01, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Stories, music & movement activities as we count towards 1000 Books. Outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't. Ages 2+

Thu, Dec 01, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Cozy up with friends for singing and dancing at Toddler Rock N' Read. Ages 0-5

Thu, Dec 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Nurturing each girl's love of reading, love of self, and love for girls across all communities.

Fri, Dec 02, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Drop in and craft your own holiday cards!

Sun, Dec 04, All day
Holmes Run Parkway & Pelham St.
Step outside and read Amara's Farm by JaNay Brown-Wood, a story about the harvest and the joys of sharing what you have with friends. Ages 0-8

Mon, Dec 05, 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, Dec 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Brave the chill for Baby Time in the Duncan Library. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Dec 05, 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, Dec 06, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors,First Floor
Songs, games, movement and more for our littlest friends. Outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't. Ages 0-23 months

Tue, Dec 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bundle up for Stories and Songs! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Dec 06, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tween Art is a time for tweens to get creative and crafty with different projects that use various art mediums, methods, and materials. Tween Art is for those ages 8-12.

Wed, Dec 07, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Dec 07, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
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, Dec 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join us for a play hour to build, explore, and be creative. Grades: K-6. Únase a nosotros para una hora de juegos para construir, explorar y ser creativo. Grados: K-6.

Wed, Dec 07, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Nurturing each girl's love of reading, love of self, and love for girls across all communities.

Wed, Dec 07, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Do you want to practice reading aloud? Do you like dogs? Sign up for a 15-minute reading slot to read to a dog by calling (703) 746-1753 or by stopping by Beatley's Children's Desk. Ages 6-12.

Wed, Dec 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Ages 8-18.

Thu, Dec 08, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Stories, music & movement activities as we count towards 1000 Books. Outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't. Ages 2+

Thu, Dec 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Cozy up with friends for singing and dancing at Toddler Rock N' Read. Ages 0-5

Thu, Dec 08, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Nurturing each girl's love of reading, love of self, and love for girls across all communities.

Thu, Dec 08, 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Beatley Central’s Girls Who Code club will be in person for this session.

Thu, Dec 08, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Care about the library? Join us for snacks and let your voice be heard! Attending this meeting will count as one service hour. Grades 6-12.

Fri, Dec 09, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Do you love building with Lego's? Come and test your creative skills! Ages 6-12.

Sat, Dec 10, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Explore Kwanzaa and other winter holidays with stories and activities to inspire young, curious minds. Ages 5-8.

Mon, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Brave the chill for Baby Time in the Duncan Library. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Dec 12, 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.

Mon, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us at the table near the teen area and make some holiday cards with us! Supplies provided. Program for teens (ages 12 and up) and adults.

Last updated: December 2020