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Celebrate National Disability Voter Registration Week with Alexandria Library. This initiative increases the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.
Upcoming July Closure

Happy Independence Day, America! Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

View our list of other 2019 holiday closures here.
Celebrate 225 Years of Alexandria Library
In celebration of our 225th Anniversary, please join us for cupcakes at any of the following dates and times: We hope you can join us at one (or all) of the cupcake days programs at the Library!
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Wednesday, July 10 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m.
Intro to Cosplay: Creating your Character and Intro to Cosplay: Crafting your Costume
Cosplay, a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. (Event held at Charles Houston Rec Center at 901 Wythe St.)
Tell Your Story at Charles Houston Rec Center
Want to learn creative ways to express yourself? Join us daily from July 15 - 20 to learn about and create art, dance, and more. Dinner provided. For rising grades 7-9. Please register online or by calling 703.746.1767 or emailing (More Info)

Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
Alma Duke Green: The Hidden Figure behind the Green Book
Join playwright and author Calvin Ramsey as he discusses Alma Duke Green, the inspiration behind the creation of the Green Book.
 (More Info)

Sunday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Alexandria Library!
Alexandria Library will celebrate 225 years with a Living History performance of Frederick Douglass and a legislative proclamation supporting our history. Birthday cake will be served! All ages.
(More Info)

Monday, July 29 through Thursday, August 1
Science in the Summer | Level 1 (Rising 2nd and 3rd Grades) & Level 2 (Rising 4th - 6th Grades)
In this four-day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration required.

Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m.
Introduction to Self-Defense

Jesus Kotei, library security guard and Tae Kwon Do instructor, will demonstrate the basics of self defense and share methods you can use to keep yourself safe. (More Info)

Tuesday, July 16 at 4 p.m.
STEAM Afternoon - Fun With Science

Alex T Rex invites you to come and try some of his favorite activities from this year's STEAM programs!  Make a DNA bracelet, experiment with colors and more. Recommended for ages 6+. (More Info)

Saturday, July 20 at 3 p.m.
Space Sense

Step out of this world and into a space of sensory exploration. Experiment with your five senses and learn how they would be affected by being in outer space. Or just hang out in another dimension. Ages 12-18. (More Info)

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
Retirement Planning from CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union

Tim States will explain what investment moves are required to ensure that your retirement is secure and why define contribution plans demand that the individual make smart moves. (More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. 
Sisters in Crime: Mysteries for Summer Reading
Mystery authors Ginny Fite, Sherry Harris, Con Lehane, Kathryn O'Sullivan, and Joanna Campbell Slan from Sisters in Crime will discuss their novels. Books will be available for sale and signing.
(More Info)
Friday, July 19 at 10:15 a.m.
Online Job Hunting
The Internet has become an essential part of any job search. It can be difficult to know where to begin. Join us and learn some of the basics on how to find a job using online resources. In the class we will cover:
  • Resume Creation
  • Discovering Job Postings
  • Job Alerts & Staying Organized
  • Library Resources
  • Networking
  • Staying Safe Online
Prerequisites: Basic computer and internet skills, resume in digital format (pdf or doc), and an email address. Questions? Call Cara 703.746.1733 or email (More Info)
Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
Elaine Flynn presents Hemingway's Wives
Elaine Flynn is back to present Hemingway's four wives. Learn about the adventures of the Hemingways as each wife tells her story about living with a man who changed literary history. (More Info)


Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Wednesday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Cape Science: Sunny Side Up

A STEM program for kids ages 6 and up! Space is limited to the first 74 participants. (More Info)
Thursday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Stories for the Telling - Teen Book Club

For ages 11-14. Join an in depth and lively book discussion this summer! Please Register online and pick up a copy of the first title prior to the meeting at the Duncan Branch beginning June 17th. (More Info)

Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
Serena Wills: Poetry & Publishing Tips
Come and meet published author and poet Serena Wills as she shares some works from her (2) poetry books titled, Reconstruction Pieces of Life Volume 1 and Crying Tears and Teal and learn about ways to write a book and the self publishing process! (More Info)
Monday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. (Event held at Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Rec Center at 25 W. Reed Ave.)
Under the Sea at the Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Rec Center

This program gives an overview of life in our oceans, from tiny snails to giant whales, and features a wide variety of live animals and real animal artifacts. (More Info)
Monday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
From Ground to Space - NASA’s lasers “weigh” the carbon of Earth’s forests

Join us for a talk with Dr. Atticus Stovall of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about the cutting edge laser technology being used to map the world's forests in three-dimensions. (More Info)
Alexandria Library Receives Rotary Grant
Alexandria Library receives award from Rotary Club of Alexandria!

The Alexandria Library is pleased to announce an expansion of programs and services for children with autism and other sensory processing disorders and their families through a generous $1,500 grant from the Rotary Club of Alexandria. Duncan Branch Library will receive a variety of calming aids such as weighted blankets, weighted stuffed animals, and fidget toys, for children to use during their weekly Sensory Storytime programs. Beatley Central Library will debut bi-monthly Sensory Playtime programs, small play groups held in an enclosed space with adjustable lighting, specialized toys, and calming aids. 

Additionally, Beatley Central, Barrett Branch, Burke Branch, and Duncan Branch will all receive calming aids, fidget toys, and noise canceling headphones that children can use during their library visits to help lower their anxiety and better control their library experiences. All four library branches will also receive new books for their collections on autism, sensory issues, and disability for a variety of audiences. Grant sponsored programs and resources will be available in the fall.
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