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Upcoming  Closures
We will be closed on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 31 -   New Year's Eve (Closing at 5pm)

Wednesday, January 1 - New Year's Day

Friday, January 17 -
Lee-Jackson Day (Law Library Closed Only)

Monday, January 20 -
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (All Libraries Closed)

View our list of library closures for 2020.
Celebrate the Library's History in 2020!
Beatley Central Library Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of its Opening!
 In January, the Alexandria Library's Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its opening.  There will be special events throughout the month to celebrate this milestone.  We invite the community to join us in celebrating Beatley Central's Birthday on February 1st.  Don't miss out on this event!
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Friday, January 3 at 2 p.m.
MeeperBot Build and Battle
First, construct a cool robot with LEGO on top of a motorized building platform. Next, face off against other builders to see who has the toughest, sturdiest bot! Ages 8-12. (More Info)

January 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Come Sing with Miss Amy
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. (More Info)

Wednesday, January 15 at 7 p.m.
Sisters in Crime: The Story Within You
If your New Year's Resolution was to finally write that novel and you want to know how to do it...or if you just want to know what makes writers tick, join us for this panel. (More Info)

Monday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
Sheila Arnold: Fannie Lou Hamer
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. (More Info)

Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Fidget Quilting
Learn about fidget quilts and activity mats and the benefits they offer Alzheimer's and dementia patients. (More Info)

Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Saturday, January 4 at 3 p.m.
Social Security- Maximizing Your Retirement Benefit

Join us for this seminar that will cover the different strategies that maximize your Social Security benefits. (More Info)

Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m
Manumission Tour Company Presents- Duke Street Black History

The Manumission Tour Company brings the knowledge from their newest walking tour, the Duke Street Corridor to the Barrett Branch Library for an engaging evening focused on the early history of African-American Alexandrians and the institutions that encompassed their lives. (More Info)

Saturday, January 18 at 3 p.m.
Preparing For Retirement- Six Strategies for a Successful Retirement
This seminar will cover the most important financial considerations and strategies for those approaching retirement and current retirees. (More Info)

Monday, January 27 at 7:15 p.m.
Fill Your Cart with Food Fighters
Learn how to fill your cart and plan your menu to prevent Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cancer.
(More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Wednesday, January 15 at 4 p.m.
Intro to Therapeutic Chair Yoga
Start the New Year with an easy way to better fitness through stretching, breathing practices, balancing work, and meditation with Marsha D. Banks-Harold, Certified Yoga Therapist at PIES Fitness Yoga Studio. (More Info)

Thursday, January 16 at 2 p.m.
Nutrition Seminar: Eating Healthy On a Budget
New Year, New You! Nutritionist Kristen McGill will share tips for meal planning and affordable recipes that will reduce food waste and improve your diet. (More Info)

Tuesday, January 21 at 1 p.m.
Get Fit at Your Library: Line Dancing
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. (More Info)

Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m.
Travel Tech
Before you explore the world, see what website and travel apps are available to help you plan your next trip! (More Info)

Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Tuesday, January 7 at 2 p.m.
Debunking Fad Diets
Learn how some of these diet trends can often lead to over restrictive or harmful behavior. Learn the importance of balance and how all foods can fit! (More Info)

Wednesday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Pajama Story Time

Enjoy bedtime stories in Duncan's children area every Wednesday. Bring your pajamas and teddy bears. Ages 2-8. (More Info)

Thursday, January 9 at 5 p.m.
Girls Who Code
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. (More Info)

Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m.
Saturday Morning Storytime
Stories and songs on Saturday morning in the Children's Area with Katie, the children's librarian. (More Info)

Monday, January 13 at 7 p.m.
Zora Neale Hurston - "In the Thick of Things"
Sheila Arnold is back by popular demand. Sheila is a performer, educator, and historical reenactor. In 2019 she became the first African American fellow at Mount Vernon, where she is currently doing research into the lives of the slaves and servants that lived there. (More Info)

Thursday, January 16 at 2 p.m.

Digital Meal Planning
In the class, we will examine free apps, websites and a digital calendar that can be used to store recipes and organize your meal plan. Please feel free to bring your device to follow along. (More Info)
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Donate to the Library Foundation this Holiday Season!
Your donations will support the purchase of collections including books, digital resources, and audiovisuals. We appreciate your continued support to the Alexandria Library Foundation!

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